Twenty years ago, this author began studying families of dogs with an apparent increased frequency of immune mediated hematological disease (i. e., AIHA, ITP, or both). Among the more commonly recognized predisposed breeds were the Akita, American cocker spaniel, German shepherd dog, golden retriever, Irish setter, Great Dane, Kerry blue terrier, and all dachshund and poodle varieties; but predisposition was found especially in the standard poodle, longhaired dachshund, Old English sheepdog, Scottish terrier, Shetland sheepdog, shih tzu, vizsla, and Weimaraner, as well as breeds of white or predominantly white coat color or with coat color dilution (e. g., blue). *German Shepherd and Dachsund have been determined through DNA to be a part of the Blue Lacy breed. I do DNA on all my dogs. Read full article on the Blog.
I am hearing more and more about Lacys with health problems such as auto immune deficiency, which is NOT a problem for our breed. Many if not all breeders do NOT know of the over vaccination issue. Breeders ignore when health problems are reported to them and don't share the information. I can only assume they don't want people to think they are producing defective pups. Breeders need to be made aware that most if not all health problems Lacys are having are stemming from vaccinating too young and new owners over vaccinating with a 3 shot whambo combo which is recommended by most vets who don't know better. Include this warning in your puppy contracts. Over vaccinating can nul and void a health guarantee. If you DO NOT warn your puppy buyers then YOU are responsible for the resulting health issues. Not the unknowing puppy owner. Please pass this information on to everybody you know! No matter the breed, our dogs do not need these poisons repeatedly injected year after year. Once they have built up their immunity by fighting off the first dose they are generally immune for life. Opt for a blood test (titers) to ceck their immunity rather than opting for another round of poisons to be injected to you loved one.
|Like all of my Lacys her temperament is fantastic and perfect to baby sit new Frenchie litters as you can see in this clip. On the positive side; although you have to put up with the strobe light effect, I did get some great pictures to make a fun slideshow. The down side; like always I had to take a couple hundred to get a few good ones. I think you will get a kick out of both the video and the slideshow, I know I did and I get to see it all the time. Do not watch if strobe light will effect you. lol Video is kind of long. You can see the results of the strobelight effects in this Slideshow>|
|As you can see they love their kisses, but once I stepped away things got going. Except for the orange collared girl. She kept staring at me intently as if using mind control to make me come give her some more attention. She eventually gave up and went to her bed to pout.|
|*You may wonder why I am always featuring my Blue Lacys with Frenchies. Well, for one it is obviously because I also breed Frenchies, but I think it's a great way to demonstrate how gentle they are. Not all Blue Lacys are like this as I am sure you have heard others warn you they are not good around small children or small animals. That is not a trait I would breed into my dogs. A dog doesn't have to be mean and have a bad temperament to have good working instincts or an incredible nose. After all they were originally bred to be an all around family and working dog. It only makes sense that since I breed from the original bloodlines this is still true today.|
|This long legged, little girl is absolutely gorgeous! She got her daddy's larger nose and long legs at 20 inches and weighs 40 pounds. Her ears can't decide whether to be folded or flop down. They tend to do both. She is pictured left in a couple pictures with our cream boy Bam Bam. You can see what gorgeous pups we expect from those two. She has a fantastic temperament and just loves to meet new people and go places with me. She sticks to me like glue and goes everywhere with me. At only 9 weeks old she was already working on K9 Nose Work, could follow a scent trail, do her sits, downs and had a fantastic recall to her name. She slept through the night with me in my bed. Never had any accidents in the house, making excellent use of the doggy doors no matter what part of the house we were in. This little bundle of joy has a fantastic future ahead of her. We expect the greatness we have come to know and expect from all of Calamity’s pups. Keep an eye on her for she is sure to impress.|
I just love this girl. She is a shining example of what I want in my dogs. She has a very carefree, playful temperament. She is very spoiled by everyone, including the dogs. She thinks she gets special privileges; so thinks nothing of climbing on top of other dogs and plopping down on top of them to get to my lap. Where they would protest with a growl for anyone else; with her they just move over. Everyone is there to make room for her and failing that, for her to sit on. She is best buds with everyone. She and Mikie (Frenchie) love to wrestle and play. Bam Bam is so tolerant of her, he can be dead asleep and if she starts chewing on his head he will groggily wake up to play with her with nary a protest. If someone is grumpy with her she will bark at them and tell them off. It is easy to tell exactly what she is saying too “what is wrong with you? Stop being grumpy!”. She loves attention and when we go out she is so used to getting it; she believes that everyone we pass is there just to say “hello” to her. So she always assumes her “hello” position which consists of placing her belly on the floor with her tail wagging ferociously while she stretches her neck out to get patted on the head. She is quite dumbfounded when someone doesn’t stop. She will look over her shoulder at me from her position on the floor as if to ask “what happened” then with a final look in their direction stand up to follow after me. As you can imagine our little outings to pet stores and such can be quite time consuming. Her favorite activity is the new sport of Barn Dog which requires finding a rat in a tube hidden in hay. Above she is pictured with her first title of Novice and another award for 3rd fastest time.