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Purebred doesn’t necessarily mean well-bred and a well-bred Lacy Dog is more than a piece of paper. Though pedigrees will give you 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.


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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Betty Leek of the NLDR with her Lacy Dogs

Betty Leek of the NLDR with her Lacy Dogs

The National Lacy Dog Association is proud to recognize the National Lacy Dog Registry as an approved registry for purebred Lacy Dogs.

Betty Leek, a member of the NLDA Board of Directors, created the NLDR “to fill the growing need for standardization, preservation and sound breeding practices in the Lacy community.” An independent and privately owned entity, the NLDR is “working to support the NLDA’s mission to protect and preserve this wonderful breed through professional registration for Lacy Dogs.”

Visit the NLDR for details on how to register a Lacy Dog or a litter. To be granted full registration, adult dogs must have a complete pedigree, be 18 months of age and meet the NLDR Lacy Dog standard. Please contact Betty at or 325-396-231 for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

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