It is hard to resist a beautiful blue Lacy puppy. In addition to their unique good looks, they are incredibly intelligent with an intriguing history and entertaining personality. But don’t forget that the Lacy was bred for decades to work on ranches in the Texas Hill Country. They have the stamina, energy and intense drive needed to hunt wild hogs, herd rough cattle, face trapped predators and track wounded bucks. In a few months, the adorable puppy curled up in your lap will become a very active adult dog ready for a job.
Will you be ready? Have you planned for life with an energetic, indefatigable, driven working dog? In 2001, these were the top ten reasons people relinquished their dogs to a shelter:
Cost of pet maintenance
No time for pet
Too many pets at home
No home for littermates
Given the purpose of the breed, Lacys are especially susceptible to several of these circumstances. If new owners don’t honestly assess their lifestyle and breeders don’t carefully screen potential buyers, it’s the dog that will ultimately suffer. So before you get a Lacy, or before you sell a Lacy to a new owner, carefully consider these questions:
Will you be moving in the future? If so, do you have a plan for moving with your dog?
Do you have the financial resources for routine care as well as emergency medical treatment? This is especially important to consider if your dog will be hunting or working in the field. If your Lacy gets gored by an antler or bit by a snake, what will you do?
Do you have the time for an energetic breed that requires a job? Lacys need daily attention to keep them physically and mentally sound. Additionally, many need challenging work to do, which requires time, training and resources beyond regular exercise. Dogs with seasonal jobs, such as blood tracking, will need extra daily attention when they aren’t working.
Do you have the right living situation for an energetic breed that requires a job? Apartments and urban homes are not the ideal setting for a Lacy. A house with a large yard or property in the country makes life much easier. Regardless of where you live, will this type of dog fit in with your neighbors and landlord?
Are you willing to deal with the additional responsibilities of a dog that has been bred for generations to aggressively herd and hunt animals? Herding breeds can be prone to nipping or biting due to their droving instincts. Cur hunting breeds are very alert and protective and tend to guard their territory. You must train and work your dog so their drive doesn’t warp into behavior issues.
A Lacy will dedicate their life to their master. Are you willing to return the favor? This breed requires a very active owner willing to put significant time and energy into their dog. But give your Lacy a tough job and a happy home and they’ll pay you back with interest.