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Texas State Dog Breed

Blue Lacy Canis lupus familiaris Adopted: June 18, 2005
Texas state dog breed
Texas State Dog Breed: Blue Lacy
Blue Lady Drifter owned by Marlo Riley
Used with permission.

The Blue Lacy, a breed that originated in the mid 1800s, was first recognized by the State of Texas in an "official" capacity in 2001 by the Texas Senate. In Senate Resolution No. 436, the blue lacy was honored as a "...a true Texas breed." Senate Resolution No. 436 resolved

On March 15, 2005, Representative Joaquin Castro filed House Concurrent Resolution No. 108 proposing the blue lacy as "...the official state dog breed of Texas." The legislation was proposed to recognize the original breeders and their contribution to the State of Texas and to recognize the blue lacy as a Texas Original.

The following is the text of House Concurrent Resolution No. 108:

H.C.R. No. 108


WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized a variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of the proud spirit and heritage of our state; and

WHEREAS, Like the Texas longhorn, the Blue Lacy is a Texas original; the only dog breed to have originated in this state, Lacys are named for brothers George, Ewin, Frank, and Harry Lacy, who moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1858 and settled in the area of Burnet County; and

WHEREAS, The Lacy family bred cattle and hogs, so it was natural that they would also breed dogs to work them; the family is said to have used greyhound, scenthound, and coyote stock in creating the animal that took their name; and

WHEREAS, For a hundred years, Blue Lacys were a common fixture on ranches in the Southwest, where it was said that one such dog could do the work of five cowboys; intelligent, energetic, fast, eager to work, and easy to train and handle, Lacys herded cattle, hogs, and chickens, and also served as droving and hunting dogs; and

WHEREAS, With the declining use of working dogs on ranches, Lacys almost disappeared as a breed; since 1975, however, there has been a dedicated effort to save them, and their numbers now total more than a thousand; most registered Lacys are currently bred in Texas and sold to residents of the state; and

WHEREAS, While these gentle, versatile dogs continue to be used on ranches, they are also becoming highly prized again as hunting dogs and are proving valuable, as well, in search and rescue work, owing to their keen scent-trailing ability; in addition, their easygoing way with children, their aptitude for jogging, agility courses, and games of Frisbee, and their suitability as watch dogs are all contributing to their growing popularity as family pets; and

WHEREAS, A medium-sized dog with a short, smooth, sleek coat, the Lacy stands from 18 to 25 inches tall when full-grown and weighs approximately 30 to 50 pounds; all Lacys carry a rare blue-color gene, even though they are divided into three color classifications: blue, red, and tri-color; and

WHEREAS, Lacys are recognized and registered through the National Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, Universal Kennel International, Lacy Game Dog Registry, Texas Lacy Game Dog Association, and American Pet Registry, Inc.; and

WHEREAS, Along with its place of origin and its ranching pedigree, this companionable dog boasts yet another association with the State of Texas: in the 1880s, the Lacys were one of three families who donated granite from Granite Mountain for the building of the new State Capitol; and

WHEREAS, The Blue Lacy is a Texas native, a working dog bred to play an essential role in ranch operations, at a time when ranches themselves became one of the iconic Texas symbols, and a dog that has more than pulled its weight on many a Texas spread; this proud heritage assuredly gives the Lacy a unique and powerful claim of its own to represent the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 79th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the Blue Lacy as the official State Dog Breed of Texas.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 108 was adopted by the Texas House of Representatives on May 15, 2005 and by the Senate ten days later on May 25, 2005.

Governor Rick Perry signed the legislation adopting the Blue Lacy as "...the official State Dog Breed of Texas" on June 18, 2005.


Source: Legislative Reference Library of Texas, July 29, 2005

Additional Information

Texas state dog breed
Texas State Dog Breed: Blue Lacy
General owned by Hugh McClellan
Used with permission.

Pink Granite, Blue Lacy: by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, Argyle. Texas Highways Travel Magazine.

Blue Lacy: Information and history of Blue Lacy from VetStreet.com.

Blue Lacy: Dog Breed Info Center from dogbreedinfo.com.

Texas Lacy Game Dog Association: The official website of the Texas Lacy Game Dog Association.

Lacy Game Dog Registry: Website of the Lacy Game Dog Registry.

State dogs: Complete list of official state dogs from NETSTATE.COM.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Texas state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.