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Blue Lacy

Information and Pictures

A red Lacy, a blue Lacy and a tri-colored Lacy leashed to the chain link fence they are standing next to.

A red Lacy, a blue Lacy and a tri-colored Lacy—Courtesy of Karen Lewis of the Lacy Dog Breeders Association

Other Names
  • Blue Lacy Game Dog
  • Lacy Dog
  • Lacy Game Dog
  • Lacy Hog Dog
  • Lacy Cur
  • Red Lacy
  • Texas Blue Lacy
  • Texas Blue Lacy Game Dog
  • Texas State Dog
  • Texas Lacy Dog

The Blue Lacy is medium in size with a light, balanced yet powerful build. Correct Lacy movement alludes to great speed, strength and dexterity. Its coat is short and sleek. There are three permissible color varieties. Blues are any shade of gray from light silver to dark charcoal. Reds range from light cream to rust. The tri combines these colors with a blue base and distinct red markings as appropriate for trim. White can appear on the chest, stomach and paws. Both the red and tricolored Lacys hold the name Blue Lacy due to the blue-color gene they possess. All Blue Lacys eyes are very bright and distinctive orange to yellow in color, which adds a unique touch to their appearance.


Lacys are intelligent, intense, active and alert. Originally created to work feral hogs, the Lacy was developed into an all-around working breed for ranchers, cowboys, hunters and trappers. They have incredible drive and determination. Bold and brave, they excel at herding cattle and hunting wild boar. They are naturally territorial and will protect their property. Though Lacys make excellent companions, they don't do well with passive owners. This breed needs a calm yet assertive leader who establishes clear rules. Lacys also need consistent mental and physical exercise. Due to their intelligence, they can be quickly trained to perform many tasks.

Height, Weight

Height: 18 - 23 inches (46 - 58 cm)

Weight: 30 - 50 pounds (13 - 23 kg)

Health Problems

Lacys are a very healthy breed. Due to the dilute genes they carry, Blue Lacys may develop Color Dilution Alopecia or other skin and coat issues.

Living Conditions

They adapt well to most living conditions. Lacys make good house dogs but love being outdoor dogs as well. They may become bored and destructive when left alone with nothing to do, so crate training is recommended for indoor dogs. Lacys do need room to run and may not be the best fit for apartment life.


Like most working breeds, the Lacy needs lots of leadership and exercise. They were created to be a working dog and breeders prefer to place dogs in ranching and hunting home to preserve that heritage. When not working, Lacys should be taken on a long, brisk daily walk. But walks alone are not enough for Lacys. Many need a challenging job such as herding, hunting, tracking, agility or flyball to be balanced dogs.

Life Expectancy

About 16 years. There are 16-year-old Lacys still working cattle and hunting.


Short hair. Low maintenance.


According to the National Lacy Dog Association:

The Lacy dog was named after the Lacy brothers—Frank, George, Ewin, and Harry—who moved from Kentucky to Texas in 1858 and settled in the Hill Country. The family developed the breed to work free-roaming hogs. Though the exact mix is unclear, historical documents say they were a cross of a Greyhound, English Shepherd or scenthound, and a wolf.

According to the Texas Lacy Game Dog Association:

Lacys were developed in the Texas Hill Country by the four Lacy brothers (Frank, George, Ewin, and Harry), who immigrated from Kentucky to Burnet County, Texas, in 1858. Traditional wisdom, as well as Lacy family history, holds that Lacys are the result of Greyhound/scenthound/coyote cross.

Multiple sources also suggested that the presence of Lacys in the Hill Country strongly influenced Fred Gipson, who was raised in adjacent Mason County and was best known for his novel Old Yeller. The Blue Lacy Game Dog filled the needs of colonial Americans for well over a century on ranches in the Southwestern US.

The decline of the family-owned ranching industry, as well as the introduction of technology such as all-terrain vehicles, brought the Lacy breed near extinction; however, its rediscovery as a masterful hunting companion has dramatically increased the demand for Lacys. They are now the most common breed used by United States trappers.



  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • ACR = American Canine Registry
  • APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
  • CKC = Continental Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • LDBA = Lacy Dog Breeders Association
  • LGDR = Lacy Game Dog Registry
  • NLDA = National Lacy Dog Association
  • NKC = National Kennel Club
  • TLGDA = Texas Lacy Game Dog Association
  • UKI = Universal Kennel International
Sarge the Blue Lacy standing in front of a building looking back. The word 'Sarge' is overlayed in the bottom right

Photo courtesy of Graham's Blue Lacys

Right Profile - Sarge the Blue Lacy barking outside in front of a tree. The word 'Sarge' is overlayed in the bottom right

This is Sarge. Sarge is a good example of a blue coat Blue Lacy. Photo courtesy of Graham's Blue Lacys

Blue Lacy dog barking at cattle

Blue Lacy working as a cattle dog—Photo courtesy of Lacy Game Dog Registry

Blue Lacy standing on a rusted mint green chair

Texas Blue Lacy Game Dog

Two Blue Lacy dogs jumping up at a tree barking at an animal in it which is on the side of the tree

Photo courtesy of Lacy Game Dog Registry

Blue Lacy standing outside in the dirt

Photo courtesy of Lacy Game Dog Registry

Close Up - Calamity the Blue Lacy laying on a couch in front of a yellow and white knitted blanket

Calamity the tricolor female Blue Lacy, photo courtesy of D-S Texas Lacy Game Dog. Female Blue Lacys are to look more feminine than males.

Close Up - Calamity the Blue Lacy wearing a hot pink collar sitting in a dog bed in front of a cabinet

Calamity the tri- color female Blue Lacy, photo courtesy of D-S Texas Lacy Game Dog

See more examples of the Blue Lacy