Like the Texas longhorn, the Blue Lacy is a Texas original; the only dog breed to have originated in Texas. Blue Lacys are named for the brothers George, Ewin, Frank and Harry Lacy who moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1858 and settled in the area of Burnet County.
For a hundred years, Blue Lacys were a common fixture on ranches in the Southwest, where it was said that one such dog could do the work of five cowboys; intelligent, energetic, fast, eager to work and easy to train and handle, Blue Lacys herded cattle, hogs and chickens. They also served as droving and hunting dogs.
While these gentle, versatile dogs continue to be used on ranches, they are also becoming highly prized again as hunting dogs. They are proving valuable, as well, as search and rescue dogs (SAR), owing to their keen scent-trailing ability; in addition, their easygoing way with children, their aptitude for jogging, agility courses, and games of Frisbee contribute to their growing popularity as family pets.
The Blue Lacy is a Texas native, a working dog bred to play an essential role in ranch operations, at a time when ranches themselves became one of the iconic Texas symbols. A dog that has more than pulled its weight on many a Texas spread; this proud heritage assuredly gives the Blue Lacy a unique and powerful claim of its own to represent the Lone Star State.
The 79th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designates the Blue Lacy as the official State Dog Breed of Texas. *Senate Resolution 108