Designated the State Dog in 2005, the Blue Lacy is named after the four Lacy brothers, who created the breed in the mid-late 1800s. While the breed's bloodlines are not certain, it is said to be a cross between a Greyhound, some sort of scent hound, and a native wild dog (possibly a coyote). The Blue Lacy was developed to be an excellent all-around dog, and proved itself to be an irreplaceable companion, hunter, and watchdog.
The Lacy is an intelligent, driven and brave breed. Though they are naturally territorial, Lacys make excellent, devoted companions and are quick to learn new skills. While often referred to as the Blue Lacy, Lacys can also be Red or Tri-Colored. These dogs have a smooth, tight coat and are not known to shed much. Lacys are active, alert, and excel when given physical and mental exercise. The breed is generally healthy and does well as an indoor and outdoor dog.
The Lacy is not recognized as a standard breed by any major kennel clubs.
Whether you already live in Texas or are planning to relocate to The Lone Star State, one thing that you will find is that Texas is a very "dog-friendly" state. Texas is a Southern state that provides many different environments and types of geography. From the beaches of Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, where residents can enjoy the oceans and the warm climate, to large cities throughout the state, Texas offers something for everyone. Dallas, one of Texas' largest cities, is located in the northern part of the state and is home to the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. Dallas also offers a huge variety of dining, theaters, family activities and recreation. You can't experience Texas without visiting the hill country; there are many small towns in the hill country that offer a quieter, more rural lifestyle. Around the hill country are the larger cities of San Antonio, which is home to the Alamo and the River Walk, and Austin, the Texas State capital. In all of these areas, dogs are a large part of Texan life. There are many fun and exciting things to do with your dog in Texas, but as always, there are also specific requirements for owning a dog in Texas.
Texas does require that all puppies receive a rabies vaccine before they are four months of age. Additional rabies vaccines are then required every one or three years, depending on the type of vaccine that is administered. The cost of the rabies vaccine will normally cost between $10 and $30, depending on your location and your veterinarian's prices. While rabies is the only required vaccine, others are recommended for the health of the pet. Both distemper and the parvovirus vaccine are strongly recommended. These are given at eight weeks, twelve weeks, sixteen weeks and then again at one year of age. These two vaccines provide the dog with lifetime immunity, so will not have to be given again. A bordetella vaccine, which protects against kennel cough, is required by most kennels if the pet will be boarded.
Along with the vaccines, it is also required that the puppy / dog be issued a vaccination certificate. Any time a person is traveling with his or her pet, the person required to have this certificate to prove that their pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations. The certificate is issued by the veterinarian who administered the shots. The certificate includes information such as the dog's identifying information (breed, weight, etc), owner address, date of vaccine, date of vaccine expiration, the rabies tag number and the veterinarian's signature and license number. The dog will also receive a metal tag, at the time of the vaccinations, that is to be attached to the collar and be worn to identify that the dog is vaccinated.
Texas does not have a state-wide leash law. Each individual city or county in Texas is responsible for establishing its own leash laws. Most cities in Texas do require that puppies and dogs be under control by the owner at all times. If the owner chooses not to restrain the dog while in public, he or she could be subject to fines and possibly have the dog confined to a shelter or destroyed, if so ordered by the court. In most cities, while at home, the dog is to be confined to the owner's premises. This could mean keeping the dog in a fenced area, inside the home or restrained using a collar and chain.
Licensing your dog is helpful for a number of reasons, primarily for giving your dog status as a pet and not a stray, and for allowing your dog to reunite with your more easily if he gets lost. Each city in Texas has its own laws for licensing a dog. In Houston, the largest city in Texas, owners must license their dog and renew that license annually. Owners must also notify the city for a change of address or if their pet is given away, lost, stolen or is deceased. A dog may not be licensed until he is vaccinated against rabies.
It's common in Texas for dog owners to bring their dog along in the car while running errands, and then leave the dog in their vehicle. While it is not a crime to leave your pet in a vehicle, it is not recommended, especially in hot weather. However, if your dog must go on the errands, it is important to make sure that the inside temperature of the car is as cool as possible before turning the car off. Then make sure to crack the windows in the vehicle. The dog should not be left in the car if the errand will take more than five to ten minutes to complete. Texas is usually quite warm for most of the year, and temperatures in vehicles can increase very quickly. The inside of the car can become so hot that the dog can get very sick. If this happens and a person is convicted of this crime, they could be subject to up to one year in jail and up to $4000 in fines.
There are many fun things to do with your dog in Texas! Most of the major cities have dog parks. These are parks where your pet can usually run off-leash and play ball, or just run free and socialize with other dogs. However, in some cities, people are still required to keep their dogs on-leash at these parks. In smaller towns, many dog parks allow unleashed pets if the park is not crowded and the dog is controlled.
Texas is host to many events for dogs throughout the year. There are many dog shows that take place in Texas annually, as well as adoption events. There is an event or activity for everyone. Whether you want your dog to participate in the annual dog bowl in the Cotton Bowl or want to treat your dog to a three course meal prepared by an executive chef, you can find it in Texas. There is something fun for every type of dog and every type of owner.