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blue lacy breederThe National Lacy Dog Association Approved Breeders Program was established to promote quality over quantity. With each litter, our approved breeders strive to preserve the past while planning for the future. Though their individual goals may vary, all approved breeders emphasize working ability, functional conformation and sound temperament in their Lacy Dogs.

To ensure that we only support ethical breeders who share our commitment to purebred working Lacy Dogs, we require NLDA members apply to be listed as approved breeders. The Breeders Committee will review every application, focusing on the desired results and feasibility of each breeding program.

To be an approved breeder, you must:
1.) Be a member of the NLDA in good standing
2.) Have at least one working Lacy Dog who has passed inspection and is registered with the Animal Research Foundation or National Lacy Dog Registry
3.) Submit a completed application, supporting documents, signed Code of Ethics and $25 fee
4.) Following the first year, breeders will pay an annual fee of $10
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Though the Lacy is a wonderfully unique breed, it’s not easy owning a driven working dog. This breed can be challenging and isn’t for everyone. So what type of person should own a Lacy Dog?

1.) You have a real job for your dog. Lacys are very popular with hog hunters in Texas. They make great tracking dogs for deer hunters. They are a huge help to professional trappers. Cattle ranchers can move an entire herd with just two dogs. If you want to compete at the top levels of agility or flyball, these dogs have the natural talent to take you there. And they make good all-purpose ranch dogs, patrolling the property, killing varmints and protecting their family. But if you have to make up a job to justify having a Lacy, this isn’t the right breed for you. If you need a working companion, Lacys are incredibly driven, intelligent dogs that rise to the challenge.

2.) You have a very active lifestyle. If you’re a professional rancher or hunter, that is pretty much taken care of. But people who want to use Lacys for tracking or dog sports need to keep their dogs active and entertained on a daily basis. Lacys don’t make good couch potatoes, especially when they are young. Long daily walks are just the beginning when it comes to meeting their exercise needs. So if you like to go jogging in the mornings and hiking every weekend before deer season starts, you might make a good Lacy owner.

3.) You are an experienced dog owner. Lacys are extremely smart dogs, and while that means they can learn new tasks very quickly, it also leads to independent thinking and testing boundaries. Many Lacy owners say their dogs talk back to them and will even question their authority. This breed is very pack oriented, so it’s especially important their owner is a strong leader. All of that can be overwhelming for first-time owners. But if you have experience with curs or active herding dogs, you might be prepared for a Lacy. Read the rest of this entry »

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