Purebred doesn’t necessarily mean well-bred and a well-bred Lacy Dog is more than a piece of paper. Though pedigrees will give yBlue Lacy puppyou important insights into a dog’s lineage, registration does not guarantee a puppy will look or work like a Lacy Dog. When picking out a puppy, these are the things a buyer should expect from an ethical Lacy breeder. Among other things, an ethical breeder should be educated about genetics, structure, anatomy, purpose, animal health, behavior, and training methods.

1.) Breeding for working ability. An ethical breeder will be able to show you their Lacys at work. If that is not geographically possible, they will have videos or numerous photos available for potential buyers. If you want a true working Lacy,  you should only buy a puppy out of working parents. Though pet breeders will occasionally produce a good hunting or herding dog, the odds are against it.

2.) Breeding to standard. In addition to being proven working dogs, breeding stock should fit the conformation standard. It is important that the dogs are the  right size, ideally 17 to 22 inch and 30 to 50 pounds, so they can perform the jobs they were created for in the Texas brush and heat. Dogs should not look like hounds (long ears or drooping lips) nor should they look like pit bulls (pricked ears or  overly heavy, loaded shoulders). Ethical breeders will only use standard dogs in their breeding program.

3.) Breeding for temperament. Lacys are tough working dogs. They should be driven, gritty and capable of getting the job done. Many are protective of their property and people. They also have a strong pack instinct and will correct other dogs. But truly aggressive dogs should never be bred. Dogs who bite people or wantonly attack other dogs have no place in a breeding program.

4.) Places puppies in working homes. Lacys can make great companions, but they are not meant to be purely pets. Ethical breeders not only breed working stock, they sell to working homes. If you don’t have a real job for a Lacy, you should look at another breed.

5.) Emphasizes health and proper care. Ethical breeders only cross healthy dogs from healthy lines. They keep their dogs in a clean and healthy environment. They either feed a raw diet or quality dog food. They give their dogs the best care possible. And they will encourage potential owners to do the same.

All ethical breeders will welcome you to their home and kennel. They will let you meet the parents and prove their working ability. They will also require you prove yourself worthy of a Lacy Dog. It is vital to the preservation of the breed and the happiness of each dog that they end up in the right environment.

Breeders who breed the family pet to any convenient dog of same breed just to have purebred pups “with papers” or produce several litters a year are in it for profit, not to preserve and improve the breed. If you have any questions about litters, bloodlines or breeders, please send us an email.


Do you wish to take part in the stewardship of the Lacy breed? To leave a legacy of well bred, healthy Lacys with strong working instincts? Is the preservation of the working-type Lacy your personal passion?

The NLDA Approved Breeder Program recognizes reputable breeders who have been heavily involved in the breed for many years, breeding responsibly and producing quality, healthy puppies.

The program was designed to recognize breeders who take an active role with their dogs and demonstrate an above-average commitment to the breed.

Approved breeders have the power to influence, guide and teach future Lacy breeders and owners.

Approved Breeders receive

» Preferred listing on NLDA website and forum

» Preferred referral by NLDA staff

» A free one-page web ad for one full year on NLDA’s website.

» Discount on all Registration Fees

To become an Approved Breeder, you must

1) Join the NLDA

2.) Have at least one working Lacy Dog over 18 months of age that has passed inspection and is registered with the NLDR

3.) Submit a completed application and $25 fee.

Anyone can breed dogs. Are you just a breeder or are you a breeder committed to both improving the breed through selective breeding programs and proving your dogs’ working abilities both in the field and via performance trials? If you’re the kind of breeder that prefers quality over quantity, become an NLDA Approved Breeder.

We would like to congratulate all of our newly elected Board Members. We welcome Wes Mundy and Branden Bringhurst to the NLDA Leadership and thank Lauri Lowry and Amber Low Middleton for their continuing commitment.
We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate John Wyble as Member of the Year and his Lacy Dog, Patch, as Dog of the Year. John has been a huge promoter and supporter of the NLDA. The membership has selected a great guy and great dog to claim the titles.


NLDA Annual Meeting & Get-together
Wells, TX
August 22nd, 2015

It’s that time again! The NLDA annual meeting and get-together is right around the corner. This year, it will be August 22nd at a privately owned ranch in Alto, TX. Please RSVP for directions.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to conduct association business. It is open to everyone. The annual meeting is a great way to make sure your voice is heard, meet other members, and join in some fun Lacy fellowship. Lodging, food and beverages will be provided. Dogs are allowed on the property but not in any buildings.

If you are interested in running for office, nominations will be accepted until July 22nd. Help shape and improve your organization! As an NLDA leader, you will be able to work on issues that you care about and build valuable relationships with fellow members. To nominate yourself or another member, please send an email to nlda2015elections@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to nominate a Member of the Year and Dog of the Year!

The slate of nominees will be announced in July, ballots will be sent to all current members, and the new Board will be installed at the Annual Meeting.

The following positions are up for election:

BOD position #1
BOD position #2
Vice President
Member of the year
Dog of the year

If you think you can attend or there are topics you want to add to the meeting agenda, please let us know.

Thank you,
Courtney Farris

NLDA Public Relations & Communications

With annual elections right around the corner, this is a great time to join or renew your NLDA membership.

The membership drive will run until the end of June. We are going to raffle off some great items from Mud River Dog Products. Everybody that joins or renews during the membership drive will get a chance to win one of these great prizes!

When you Join, Renew, or Recruit you get:

  • One entry for everyone who signs up or renews during drive (1 entry for every year paid)
  • One entry for every person who refers someone else that signs up during drive (1 entry per referral)
  • Five Entries for new lifetime memberships
  • All current lifetime members automatically get One Entry

What is the NLDA?
The National Lacy Dog Association is a non-profit organization comprised of owners and breeders, many of whom grew up with working Lacys.
Member dues support our mission statement of breed conservation by funding working dog events, educational programs, historical and scientific research, online resources and much more.

That’s right…with the NLDA, your dollars go directly toward supporting the breed you love.

Members may vote in annual elections, run for office, serve on committees, apply to become approved breeders and participate in official NLDA events.

What does the NLDA do?
Here are a few things the NLDA does for Lacys and working dog owners:
-We hold training clinics, host sanctioned field trials, hog baying competitions, and conduct social events that are of interest to our members.
– We oppose bills that negatively affect working dog owners and breeders
– 2009 & 2010 Bonus Sponsor TDHA Hunt for the Hungry
– Led the way in Lacy color genetics research with UC Davis
– In 2013, the NLDA advised and worked with TP&W to get the use of blood trailing dogs approved in an additional 12 Texas Counties
– Held benefit fund raiser for SAR canine team
– Hosted Breeder Seminar “Raising High Achievers”
– Sponsored East Texas Hog Dog Championship
– Sponsored Lone Star Bowhunters Association 5 years in a row
– Sponsor / donor 2015 Purple Heart Hog Hunt & Bay Championship
– Assist in rescue / rehoming neglected Lacys when possible

How can you join?
Joining is so simple. Just visit http://www.nationallacydog.org/join.html and checkout via Paypal.

If you prefer to pay by mail, simply download the membership form and mail it in with payment to:

National Lacy Dog Association
1884 State Highway 294 West
Alto, TX 75925

If you would rather pay by credit card over the phone, please call 830-220-4747 for assistance.
Thank you for supporting Working Lacys and the NLDA!

Save the date! The Annual WDFD is only a month away!


This year, we are exited to introduce Barn Hunt! Come participate in a seminar sponsored by Countryside Barn Hunt club in Georgetown, TX. In Barn Hunt, dogs locate rats hidden in a hay bale maze.

In the Blood Trail Workshop, topics include: Selecting and Starting a Tracking Prospect, Building Drive, and Unleash your dog’s potential! (Collar Clinic) Puppy trails and Advanced trails available.
We find people tend to get a lot out of this seminar aside from just tracking.
My goal is for everyone to leave with a better understanding of how their dog’s brain works and ways to build a better relationship with their dog.
Every dog / handler team will get a chance to work a blood trail.
We are really excited that Texas Blood Trackers will be returning to offer tracking testing (TBT-1, TBT-2, and TBT-3)

Please email paul@texasbloodtrackers.com to register for a tracking test.

The workshop must also be pre-registered so we can prepare enough materials for everyone.
David Jones will also be returning with his phenomenal bird dogs. This is a must see! His dog work is amazing!

And, as usual, there will be a rattlesnake avoidance clinic.
A more detailed schedule will be posted later. Events will begin at 9:30 on Saturday and end around 4. Saturday night Meet & Greet and Cook – out begins around 5pm. BYOB.
If you want to be a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer, contact me, Amber Low Middleton, Karen Appe Lewis, or Lauri Lowry asap. (Volunteers get in for free!)

Many of us camp at Reveille Peak Friday and Sunday and just make a weekend out of it.

Thunderbird Resort – pet friendly cabins on the lake

Best Western Post Oak Inn in Burnet

Reveille Peak Ranch
All other questions, contact Courtney at 830-220-4747 or nationallacydog@gmail.com

The NLDA is proud to be part of the 2015 Texas Blood Trackers’ Annual Blood Tracking Seminar! 

Texas Blood Trackers Training Seminar





Hey Texas bowhunters, the LSBA Annual Awards Banquet, Expo & Pop-up 3-D Shoot is just a little over a month away June 14, 2014, at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas.

Guest Speakers will be Mike and Bonnie McFerrin from the Outdoor Channel’s The Legends of the Fall. They will be there throughout the day to sign autographs and will do a question and answer session during the Banquet, so get your questions ready.

The NLDA will be there with a tracking dog seminar & shed antler dog demo. We are also raffling off a Yeti Roadie.

Pop-up 3-D Tournament with Jerry Boyles and Team Bowmasters of Arkansas begins 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. Blood Trailing Seminar by Courtney Farris, National Lacy Dog Association

12:00 p.m. Expo and Vendors Open; MDH Outdoors will have their Techno Hunt trailer set up

2:00 p.m. Shed Hunting Seminar by Courtney Farris, National Lacy Dog Association

6:00 p.m. 40th Anniversary Annual Awards Banquet begins

Hope to see you there!!! This event is open to the general public. You do not have to be a member to attend!


Hotel information for the Banquet:

Best Western Plus Georgetown Inn & Suites
600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard
Georgetown, Texas 78626
512 868-8555

There are both king and two queen rooms available for both Friday and Saturday nights. Best Western is a pet friendly hotel.

Rate is $92.00 per night.


Save the date! Our annual Working Dog Field Day is Saturday, April 12th at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.


Hog Baying
Youth Archery Shoot hosted by the Lone Star Bowhunters Association
Blood Tracking Workshop
Texas Blood Trackers Tracking Certification
Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic
Breeders Seminar by J.P. Yousha
Raffle and Benefit Fundraiser – Win a Yeti!
Meet & Greet
Fishing, camping, biking, and more!

The fee of admission is $10 for adults / $5 for kids under 12.

Hog baying ($5 per run)
Blood trailing workshop ($35 per dog / handler team)
Breeders seminar
Rattlesnake avoidance clinic ($50 per dog)
Demos (trapping, treeing, and search & rescue)
Raffle fundraiser

Raffle tickets $5 each or 5 for $20. – This year, we are raffling off a 45 qt. Yeti, dog gear from Mud River, knives, and some other cool prizes.

Tentative schedule:

Hog Baying – All Day

Lone Star Bowhunters Association kid archery shoot – All Day

10 am – 12:30pm – Blood trailing workshop

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch & Rattlesnake Avoidance

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Seminar on Dog Breeding

2:30pm – 3:00pm – Search and Rescue Demo

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Trapping and Treeing demo

4:00pm – Raffle drawing and social

***Must Pre – Register for Blood Trailing Workshop and TBT Tracking Certification.****


Thunderbird Resort – pet friendly cabins on the lake

Best Western Post Oak Inn in Burnet

Reveille Peak Ranch

All other questions, contact Courtney at 214-679-1801 or nationallacydog@gmail.com

Questions? Send us a message!

Reveille Peak Ranch

105 Cr 114, Burnet, TX

From Burnet, go West on Hwy 29 for 3 miles. Turn Right on FM 2341. Go 4 and a half miles and turn left on CR 114. You will see the ranch on your left.

For information, call Courtney @ 214-679-1801 or email nationallacydog@gmail.com

See you there!

bt2The National Lacy Dog Association will be hosting two seminars and a snake avoidance clinic Saturday, September 21st at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.

$25 per dog  (Open to all breeds)

$45 per dog for rattlesnake avoidance

8am – Noon: Rattlesnake Avoidance with Fred Reyna

9:30 – Noon: Blood Trailing Seminar 

Topics include:

-Philosophies on dog training and behavior
-Selecting a tracking prospect
-Building and nurturing motivation + mental conditioning
-Laying artificial lines
-Leash work
-Working off lead
-Trash breaking & Cross training dos and don’ts

Plus, every dog will get some field work and everyone that signs up will get a container of deer blood to take home with them.

12:30 – 2:00: Antler Tracking / Shed Dog Seminar – Introduction to starting a companion shed hunting dog. 

All Events will take place under a covered pavillion and we will have pizza for lunch. 

Reveille Peak Ranch

105 Cr 114, Burnet, TX

From Burnet, go West on Hwy 29 for 3 miles. Turn Right on FM 2341. Go 4 and a half miles and turn left on CR 114. You will see the ranch on your left.

For information, call Courtney @ 214-679-1801 or email nationallacydog@gmail.com

See you there!

Working Blue Lacy DogThe NLDA would like to recognize the contributions of our members and celebrate the achievements of their Lacy dogs.

Next Summer, members will be able to nominate and vote for Dog of the Year and Member of the Year.

The Dog of the Year award is meant to recognize the achievements of a Lacy Dog that exemplifies the best of our breed to the community.

The Member of the Year award will go to a person to recognize their work for the breed and/or the organization either for outstanding work in that year or in recognition for many years of dedication to the breed.

To be eligible for Dog of the Year, the dog must be owned by a member in good standing of the NLDA. For Member of the Year, the person must be a member in good standing of the NLDA

Candidates for both awards will be nominated by members this coming June and the election will be run in conjunction with our annual election.

More details to come. In the meantime, we encourage our members to begin documenting and sharing their dog’s successes and achievements.


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