ABLA Blue Lacy

To preserve promote and foster in America the breeding, training, and distribution of reliable working Blue Lacys through education, ethical breeding and active ownership.

The purpose:

• To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as adopted and promulgated by the American Blue Lacy Association and to obtain approval by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Blue Lacys shall be judged.

• To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at tracking trials, dog shows, obedience trials and event canine sports.

• To promote, conduct ABLA regional clubs the guidance to sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, obedience trials and field trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

The American Blue Lacy Association
Mission Statement

The ABLA was formed by a group of concerned Blue Lacy owners and breeders who shared a common interest in protecting this rare breed of dog. Since the beginning of this not-for-profit organization (September 2008), other individuals and families have joined the founders of the ABLA to support and assist in this worthy endeavor.

The ABLA is working in concert with owners, breeders, additional canine organizations, and many others to maintain the genetic health of the Blue Lacy (by breeding for the betterment of the breed), provide accurate information about the breed through education, as well as assist owners and breeders facing challenges which come along with sharing life with a working Blue Lacy. The ABLA is also devoted to the purpose of locating suitable homes and assisting the placement of rescue or re-homing Blue Lacys.  The ultimate goal of the ABLA is to see that the integrity, honor, and standard of the Blue Lacy remains beyond reproach and is accepted in to the registry of the American Kennel Club.

One of the key ingredients to achieving the goals of the ABLA's mission statement is communication. By addressing its genetic future, the responsibilities involved with ownership, and its fight to survive, the ABLA hopes to help create an environment that will allow the Blue Lacy to thrive. This site, as well as the entire ABLA membership, are devoted to that purpose. 

The ABLA has devoted a considerable amount of time to it's members and breeders in order to help them achieve their goals in helping each other to sufficiently expand our gene pool in order for the Blue Lacy to attain official recognition as a breed. Many have understood our vision and have joined us to work very hard to help reach our goals of breeding pure bred and healthy Blue Lacy dogs

It is the ABLA's hope that the information you have seen on these pages will help you to better understand the true history of this breed, as well as the people that have dedicated themselves towards saving this incredible breed. These are magnificent dogs and don't deserve to be wiped out due to cross breeding! It is because of these Licensed Breeders that have continued to expand their education towards the goal of breeding to better the breed that your grandchildren will someday be able to enjoy the special qualities that we all love about these unique dogs. If not for these visionaries the few pure Blue Lacys left sure wouldn't be around in the future.

If you feel that you have been drawn to these dogs, please take some time to fully investigate all claims that you will be hearing from various people claiming to be selling you "Blue Lacy" puppies. There is nothing like the experience of owning a true Blue Lacy. These are incredible life companions that will be around for many years, don't short change yourself by settling for anything but the real deal. Make sure you do your research and get your pup from a licensed ABLA breeder. * ABLA

We feel the ABLA site should be about the Association, our goals and the Blue Lacy and not used as a forum for breeders to pay for advertising their dogs or litters. Then there is the fact that many breeders are silent supporters for our cause and do not want to be listed as other associations have rules against dual registering their dogs and they don't want to upset the apple cart so to say. Regardless we don't have a list where breeders pay us to list their dogs. We are more than happy to give you a list of those that still have pups available or are expecting pups in the very near future if you Email us for that information.


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 shots in a row of a 5 or 7 vaccine combo which is recommended by most vets who don’t know better. Include this warning in your puppy contracts. ABLA breeders have had no reported cases to date and encourage you to do your most to keep it that way by informing your puppy buyers. 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!

Unless a vaccine reaction is strong and immediate, most people – and a shocking number of vets – don’t connect a new or worsened health problem to a shot, let alone report the reaction. The 2007 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Vaccination Guidelines say there is “gross under-reporting of vaccine-associated adverse events which impedes knowledge of the ongoing safety of these products.”  Former FDA head, Dr. David Kessler, says “only about 1% of serious events are reported to the FDA.”  He was referring to drugs for people; reporting of pet drug reactions is likely to be far worse.

How prevalent are reactions?

In 2007, approximately 6500 reactions were reported for the canine rabies vaccine alone. If as suggested only 1% of reactions were reported, approximately 650,000 reactions likely occurred.  And there are still more than a dozen other vaccines causing reactions.

A 2005 study reported: Young adult small-breed neutered dogs given multiple vaccines per office visit are at greatest risk of an adverse reaction within 72 hours after vaccination … and the risk increases with each subsequent vaccine given. Reactions studied ranged from hives to shock and even death. Although the less a dog weighs, the more likely the reaction — all dogs are at risk when multiple vaccines are given.

Adverse Effects of Vaccines
As the most commonly recognized adverse effect of vaccination is an immediate hypersensitivity or anaphylactic reaction, practitioners are less familiar with the more rare but equally serious acute or chronic immune mediated syndromes that can occur. The veterinary profession and vaccine industry have traditionally emphasized the importance of giving a series of vaccinations to young animals to prevent infectious diseases, to the extent that this practice is considered routine and is generally safe for the majority of animals. Few clinicians are prepared, therefore, for encountering an adverse event and may overlook or even deny the possibility.

Beyond the immediate hypersensitivity reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24 to 72 hours afterward, or 7 to 45 days later in a delayed type immunological response. The increasing antigenic load presented to the host individual by modified live virus (MLV) vaccines is presumed to be responsible for the immunological challenge that can result in a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. The clinical signs associated with nonanaphylactic vaccine reactions typically include fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, susceptibility to infections, neurological disorders and encephalitis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) resulting in icterus, or immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP) resulting in petechiae and ecchymotic hemorrhage. Hepatic enzymes may be markedly elevated, and liver or kidney failure may occur by itself or accompany bone marrow suppression. Furthermore, MLV vaccination has been associated with the development of transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs of breeds or crossbreeds. Commercial vaccines, on rare occasion, can also be contaminated with other adventitious viral agents, which can produce significant untoward effects such as occurred when a commercial canine parvovirus vaccine was contaminated by blue tongue virus. Recently, a vaccine manufacturer had to recall all biological products containing a distemper component, because they were associated with a higher than expected rate of central nervous system postvaccinal reactions 1 to 2 weeks following administration.

If, as a profession, we conclude that we are over vaccinating, other issues come to bare, such as the needless client dollars spent on vaccines, despite the well intentioned solicitation of clients to encourage annual booster vaccinations so that pets also can receive a wellness examination. Giving annual boosters when they are not necessary has the client paying for a service which is likely to be of little benefit to the pet’s existing level of protection against these infectious diseases. It also increases the risk of adverse reactions from the repeated exposure to foreign substances.

Predisposed Breeds
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, red). *German Shepherd and Dachshund have been determined through DNA to be a part of the Blue Lacy breed.

A significant proportion of these animals had been vaccinated with monovalent or polyvalent vaccines within the 30 to 45 day period prior to the onset of their autoimmune disease. Furthermore, the same breeds listed above appear to be more susceptible to other adverse vaccine reactions, particularly postvaccinal seizures, high fevers, and painful episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD).

Full Article: http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/vaccinePredisposed.html

Types of Breeding:
Inbreeding, Line-breeding, Out-crossing, Out-breeding

      Inbreeding is the mating of very close relatives, for example, father to daughter, half-brother to half-sister, brother to sister, mother to son, etc. One reason for in-breeding is to “set” desirable traits.  You are trying to "concentrate" or "homogenize" the genes for those traits by producing offspring from parents who already carry similar genetic packages.  The desire is for exemplary samples of the breed, but also that they will be pre potent for these desirable traits and have a stronger tendency to pass them on to their offspring. Inbreeding intensifies the faults in a litter as well as the desirable traits, so considerable discretion must be used in the choice of the dogs.
       Another reason for in-breeding is to “magnify” undesirable genetic traits. With the limited input of first relatives you’re most likely to double up on any hiding hereditary health issues and producing a affected puppy.  In the re-creation of a nearly extinct breed or creating new breeds in-breeding is usually the only option.
      You have to keep in mind that inbreeding produces the extremes of both the good and the bad in the genetic makeup of a litter. It hugely reduces fertility and strength of a breed creating less than good immune or endocrine systems and having huge effects on the whole genetic makeup.
      Line breeding is the mating of dogs having one or more common ancestors or mating to a removed relative, e.g. granddaughter to grandsire, etc. The benefit of line-breeding is the production of more consistent litters, strengthening the desired characteristics and eliminating the health problems. In order to reinforce desired traits one has to have a complete knowledge of both pedigrees of both the sire and the dam. Generations of dogs are produced using one ancestor as a "pivot point'. That is... each generation is planned so as to maximize the genetic input of one individual from the past. In general, most breeders adhere to a policy of line breeding so they can insure uniformity of quality without risking the inherent dangers of inbreeding. The more loose the line-breeding, the slower and less sure the progress. 
      Line-breeding is probably the most common formula used by breeders. Over time, it allows breeders to make progress in reducing hereditary diseases and producing typey dogs. *This is the type of breeding the American Blue Lacy Association uses in our efforts to restore this amazing breed.  In a co-operative effort all of our breeders are exchanging the best of the best from their litters to re-establish the Blue Lacy bloodlines.
      Out crossing is the mating of two dogs that are the products of line breeding but of two distinctly separate lines. Out-crossing is the mating of dogs who are unrelated. No common ancestors in a 3 generation pedigree or 1 common ancestor in 4 generations is an out cross. When out-crossing, a breeder selects a stud that offers strength in the area(s) in which the bitch, and/or her line, are weak, that reinforces the areas in which she is strong, it also avoids doubling up on the hereditary diseases likely to be a part of her genetic package.  It’s generally used as a long-term proposition to bring certain traits into a line that are otherwise deficient. These traits are then usually intensified by proper line breeding or inbreeding.
      Out-crossing is not for those who want to get someplace fast... but when done carefully and with depth of information, it does offer the potential for producing generations of healthy pups and perhaps... improving the overall vigor of the breed.
Many backyard breeders put down the show & hobby breeders for "in-breeding" and “line-breeding” (which they lump in with inbreeding). They will loudly proclaim that their dogs aren't related and that's supposed to be a wonderful thing. Problem is... mating two unrelated dogs without extensive knowledge of their genetic package is likely to produce far less desirable results than in- or line-breeding dogs in a well informed and well planned program. Too much of this has gone on with other breeds thrown into the mix. The result being the prevalent Blue Lacys no longer look anything like Blue Lacys and far exceed the breed standard.
Out-breeding is the mating of two dogs that not only are the products of two distinctly separate lines, but on top are not the products of line breeding. Out-breeding is seldom employed since in most breeds dogs that would qualify for out-breeding simply do not exist. Each has their place and breeds probably benefit the most from having the use of all three... in appropriate measure. *Due to the non-stop out-breeding that has been done to the Blue Lacy it is very difficult to find two dogs that look alike anymore, let alone adhere to the original size standard of under 21 inches. Our goal at the ABLA is to fix this with some distant line-breeding. The progress of getting the dogs to start looking alike will be slower, but there won't be the health issues involved with in-breeding either.

     All breed clubs used to solemnly state that their breed's health was their first and foremost concern. This lacks credibility as long as in breeding is not strictly banned in their code of ethics. Dog breeding should not be gambling with canine health. Even a breed's absolute purity, while rightly being a sacred principle, must be secondary in a genetic emergency situation.

     Because the Blue Lacy gene pool is small we are being very diligent in our Blue Lacy breeding protocols. 

     None of our pure bred puppies are sold without a contract. You can see/download a copy of the contract our breeders use on the membership page.

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