The Blue Lacy originated in Texas in the mid 1800s and is now recognized as the official state dog breed of Texas. The breed is named after the Lacy brothers of Burnet County, Texas. It is a mixture of a scent hound, Greyhound and coyote, or so the Lacys say. It has fairly strong herding instincts and is a hard working breed.
The Blue Lacy usually has a slate gray coat that is tight and smooth. The coat can sometimes be red or cream, and most Blue Lacy coats have white markings on their lower chest and paws. The breed stands from 18 to 25 inches tall and weighs 25 to 50 pounds.
The Blue Lacy can be an indoor or outdoor family pet, and although it is a working breed, it does not have to be occupied in order to not be destructive. However, the Lacy should still be exercised daily. The Lacy is easy to train and should be trained gently; the breed does not respond well to loud or harsh reprimands.
The Lacy can live around 15 to 16 years, and remain active. The breed has no known genetic problems and is very resilient.