Characteristics of Blue Lacey
|Country of origin
|up to 25 kg
|up to 16 years
|FCI breed group
- Mobile and hardy;
- Playful, sociable, easily finds contact with other animals;
The Blue Lacey breed owes its appearance to Texas farmers. In the middle of the 19th century, large landowners, the Lacey brothers, began serious work on breeding the ideal shepherd dog. An impressive livestock population required serious protection – coyotes dominated the region, and therefore the new breed had to become fast, like a greyhound, obedient and quick-witted, like a sheep dog, and hardy, like a wolf.
As a result of long crossings of the Greyhound with the English Shepherd and the Coyote, it was possible to breed dogs similar to modern Blue Lacey. However, the brothers still had to go through a long series of weeding out dogs that did not show sufficient passion for the shepherd’s business.
Modern representatives of the breed are the best of the best. These are dogs capable of tirelessly gathering and leading a herd in any weather for hours, coordinating their actions with each other. Moreover, they have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, allowing them to feel the enemy at a great distance. Many owner-hunters use this quality to pursue the victim on a bloody trail.
Blue Lacey throughout their history lived in the house with the owner and spent a lot of time with the family, so they are not characterized by aggression towards humans. Moreover, these dogs, like many shepherd breeds, are able to find a common language with the household and treat children with tenderness. They are happy to take part in outdoor games that require ingenuity and care. At the same time, blue lacies are not capricious: once they have learned the discipline, they will never break it.
Blue-lace training requires resourcefulness and assertiveness. In addition, dogs of this breed do not tolerate monotony and cruelty. Completely devoted to the owner, they painfully perceive screams and aggressive discontent. Blue Laceies were bred to be assistants capable of making decisions on their own, so they are very smart and, with the right approach, will quickly learn commands.
These good-natured dogs get along well with other pets. Males in relationships occupy a dominant position, which must be considered when choosing a pet.
The Blue Lacy’s coat is short and dense, shedding inconspicuously and requiring minimal grooming. You can clean it as needed with a wet cloth and a special brush to remove dead hairs. Be sure to trim your nails and brush your teeth regularly .
Blue Lacey is a healthy breed with a strong immune system. However, there are dogs that suffer from follicular dysplasia, a rare genetic hair disorder that causes hair to fall out. It is important to find out from the breeder about the absence of the disease in the puppy’s ancestors.
Conditions of detention
Blue Lacey need an active lifestyle that includes a variety of leisure activities. Games, running, searching for objects are an integral part of the entertainment of these dogs. Otherwise, the representatives of the breed will be lethargic and dull, which will lead to poor health.
They can live in an apartment with sufficient physical and emotional activity.