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. 


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 ABL 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 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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