The Atlas of Dog Breeds of The World ~

With their incredible noses and skills in tracking game it's easy to see why this is the number one dog used by United States trappers.

*"The boast is that a Blue Lacy can do the work of five cowboys, and deluxe workers they are. The Blue Lacys arrived "out West" by covered wagon from Kentucky in 1858, brought by the Lacy brothers.

These dogs are in the category of curs, with the emphasis on the herding/droving characteristics. They-like their relatives the Catahoulas-were created for specific needs of colonial Americans. Lacys are said to be the result of Greyhound/scent hound/coyote cross. Droving dogs could have contributed to the breed as well. The origin of the unusual slate blue color (and blue nose) is a genetic rarity. Few dogs have this coloration-the Bearded Collie, the Neopolitan Mastiff, the Greyhound-so the Greyhound contribution to the Lacy's genetic make-up is a likely one. The so-called coyote in the cross could easily have been feral pariah dogs common in the southeastern United States. Lacys were seen regularly in southwestern ranches for nearly a hundred years. Diane Gentry points out that they came close to disappearing when "modern cowboys on three-wheeled motobikes" hit the trails.

H.C. Wilkes was determined to save the breed and has worked since 1975 to do just that. They are finding favor with ranchers due to their burning desire to work. A Blue Lacy can handle the meanest longhorn cattle and take to the job instinctively, requiring no training. They can also tackle wild hogs, but can herd chickens in the barnyard as well. Their owners claim they're a good all-around dog, knowing just where to be at the appropriate time and diving into chores without being told to do so. Some will also tree game. They have a gentle nature and take direction with ease."

Make no mistake; there are a lot of hostilities between the different associations. They resent us for wanting to get this breed recognized by the AKC as a real breed. They also don’t believe in line breeding and we believe it is the only way to breed truly incredible dogs, let alone correct the mistakes careless breeders have made to the lines. Personally, I also do DNA so I know what I am breeding as well as my health testing. As the ABLA President I am an excellent target for that resentment and I make them look bad since they don’t bother to do any of the things I do in their own programs. I hear about the slanderous remarks and Emails are forwarded to me from the people that run those associations, but I choose not to lower myself to their level by even bothering to respond. I have been asked many times why I don’t stand up for myself. I have found people competent in doing their own research and deciding for themselves who they want to get a pup from or what association they want to support. I have enough on my own plate; I don’t have time to be worried about what they are saying about me. We have decided as a group to take this same stance in the ABLA. We strive to be all about the dogs, not competing with or talking crap about other Blue Lacy Associations. Our goal isn’t to make money, but to run a registry until such time as we can hand it over to the AKC. We want a professionally run registry for our dogs not one influenced by just a few people and their personal needs or wants. If the references on my web site aren’t enough, I am more than happy to give you more from the people who have gotten pups from me or other ABLA breeders.

When a new dog is registered with the ABLA they are required to send in 4 pictures with one of being measured to verify the height requirement which the ABLA is being very strict about. I've been amazed how many breeders have no idea there is a standard, let alone they were supposed to be breeding to one. We have done a lot of research searching for owners with real Blue Lacys. The best ones from original bloodlines we found had closed kennels. Meaning they weren't getting dogs from other breeders they thought were breeding Blue Lacys. The problem with having an unprofessional registry is that it is dictated by friendship rather than rules. So if there is a cross breed accident they go ahead and register them as a favor. The only way to do this is to falsify the sire of the litter since you obviously can't put a wild cure, Ridgeback or Pit Bull as the sire. This is why we say we are bringing this dog back from the edge of extinction.

It is very easy to do huge amounts of damage to bloodlines in a very short period of time. It only takes one bad breeding to destroy a bloodline, but takes many generations to breed out that bad breeding. You can still never be entirely sure when a bad recessive gene is going to pop up on down the road from that bad breeding. When you look at ABLA dogs all of our dogs look alike. They are uniform in look and look like the same breed. The females are 19 inches or under and males 21 and under. It greatly offends me what has been and is still being done to destroy this incredible breed.

The ABLA is not accepting just anybody into the Association. We don't want to pollute the bloodlines with anything we aren't 100% sure is a Blue Lacy. We know exactly where our dogs came from and know the bloodlines. We are actively searching the bloodlines, but not so actively seeking new members with dogs since there are so many out there that are supposed to be Blue Lacys but don't look like one. We rely a lot on the pictures since you just can't be sure of the pedigrees. Looks don't lie. They don't trust their pedigrees unless they know where the dog came from and can verify. Basically a closed kennel that comes from the original bloodlines. We are breeding pure bloodlines and want to keep them that way. We are breeding to the standard and for a uniform look to our breed. If it doesn't look like a Blue Lacy, don't trust that it is.
We also do health testing. There is not one living thing that does not have health issues, but we are doing health testing to prevent breeding them. If your breeder can't be bothered to do the health testing on their own dog what makes you think they care enough to produce healthy puppies for you?

Make no mistake there are a lot of hostilities

Hey, just wanted to update you on my little “Lacy” girl she is doing wonderful. We've been really working a lot on some deer drag and she has found every one of them, even after 4 hours. I’m very proud of my 6 month old pup. She’s a great dog and will always be a best friend. She loves people! We also got a call this past weekend on a downed deer so we went to try to find it. Well, after tracking it for over 3\4 of a mile I pulled her off; as we came to the conclusion the deer was not dead. The deer must have been hurt in the leg, but the good thing was she stayed on that deer's track until I pulled her off. Very proud of her! *Rob ~ Florida

I am a competitive person who believes real Blue Lacys are incomparable when it comes to using their noses, but like everything else I seek to prove it. It is one thing to just say it, but it is another thing to get out there and prove it. All of my Blue Lacys are in training for K9 Nose Work which is a relatively new sport. My dogs and I have had the fantastic experience of learning and continuing to learn from Ron Gaunt (who has been training police dogs for bomb and drug detection for more than 40 years) and Amy Herot (who has also certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives). So what is required when competing in this sport? Pretty much all the training involved in Narcotic or Explosive detection and then the trials to prove that training:


(100-point maximum score)

BOX DRILL (CONTAINER SEARCH): The trial drill has traditionally been a box drill, which includes 15 to 20, boxes in one or two rows on the ground.  The box drill may however include any shape or size boxes, containers and/or luggage (or combination thereof) and may be placed in any pattern.  Additionally, the box drills for NW2 and NW3 may have containers at varying heights (not to exceed 2 feet) and may also include distractor odors, such as but not limited to food, toys, and animal smells.  Only one box (or container) will contain odor.

EXTERIOR AREA SEARCH: Each competition includes an outdoor search that may include any of the following: the exterior of a building, parking lot, grassy field or park area.  This can be an especially difficult element because the teams must train for a variety of distractions that are encountered outdoors.  Dogs may have to search while coming across doggie odors, other animal smells (cats, gophers, rodents and other critters), litter, food trash, and simply the smells of the great outdoors.  Additionally the dogs will have to search under all weather and wind conditions on trial day.

INTERIOR BUILDING SEARCH: Each competition includes an interior building search that may include from one to four rooms, or large work area divided into search A and B if needed.  The rooms typically will be living environments such as a kitchen, bathroom, and conference room or office or warehouse space.

VEHICLE SEARCH: There may be three to five vehicles in the vehicle search, depending on the title level.  Any type of vehicle may be used (car, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semi, etc). Handlers must determine which vehicles contain the hide and specific location of that hide.    The difficulty of this type of search is to pinpoint the location as the odor is likely moving around and below the exterior of the vehicle and/or bouncing among vehicles.

This is just one example of how ABLA members want to do more with their dogs. Blue Lacys are all born to herd and track, this actually takes training. Just like Agility, Obedience and Rally-O which my dogs are ALL trained in. 


Paula is in training for Iron Man and got her Blue Lacy as a training partner. Here is her latest update on 6 month old Max: I took Max on a 4 1/2 mile run today (his longest). Not only was the little guy not tired afterwards. . . he didn't even start to pant on the run. dog is amazing :) This was actually his first one and he was off leash and on the trail. He has NO DESIRE to stop. I was amused (as was my running partner). Dog kicked our butts and then came home to chase the kids and the cat:). He usually does the beach running around with other dogs (off leash as well) and chasing the birds. 2 hours there 2-3 times a week and he never gets tired and loves to jump. We figured it was worth a try to see how he runs (I'm a distance runner-4 is a short little run for me). Needless to say he did well. The other Mill Valley Blue Lacy is also a running dog. I always keep in mind that any extreme exercise or jumping can ruin his joints until his growth plates close. *You can support Paula at: Team In Training

Blue Lacy Pistol "Stephanie, remind everyone about electrical cords!! Pistol is just awesome, I love him. One question, How many skinned up knees and elbows will it take before he learns he can't walk between my legs? LOL  Line of sight isn't good enough for this guy. He has to be right with me. We were welding up an H brace in a fence and put him in the bed of a truck to keep him out of the way only 6 or 8 feet from us. and he still bailed out of the truck bed to get in the middle of everything. Well, we're off to our first Vet visit! Luck and  Love to you and yours." *Johnny, NV
Pistol is Bam Bam's litter mate. As you can see litters are very uniform and they are growing into very gorgeous adults.

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