The Land Report

SPR 2012

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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FrontGate 20 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 2 LANDREPORT.COM L A N D ' S B E S T F R I E N D Blue Grit In the heart of cattle country, the Blue Lacy shines. – Henry Chappell I n 2005, the State of Texas designated the Blue Lacy TexasÕs official dog breed. This selection took place almost 150 years after KentuckyÕs Lacy brothers Ð Frank, George, Erwin, and Harry Ð arrived in the Lone Star State and began developing working dogs that could bay the biggest, meanest hogs and the wildest cattle. The brothers also deemed tree- ing raccoons, squirrels, bobcats, and cougars as well as tracking wounded game essential. According to legend, the Lacy line began with greyhound-scent hound-coyote crosses. Each generationÕs breeding stock was then chosen for natural herding and hunting ability. The result was a sleek, medium-sized cur that was beautifully adapted to stock herding and hunting in the Texas Hill Country. The LacyÕs tight, sleek coat requires minimal grooming. In addition to the gun-metal or slate gray color that earned the breed the name Blue Lacy, Lacys can be yellow, red, or tricolored. Hence, the more general name: Lacy Dog. Although theyÕve long been favored by stockmen and hog hunters, Lacy Dogs are gaining a reputation as superb trackers of wounded deer. Good Lacy Dogs tree readily, and, like other curs, theyÕre typically silent or semi-open on the track, with a hard, chopping treeing bark. Do: ¥ Join the Lacy Game Dog Association: www.lacydog.com. ¥ Select pups from only working lines listed with the Lacy Dog Game Registry: www.bluelacydogs.org. ¥ Make your Lacy Dog a member of the family. Don't: ¥ Resort to harsh discipline. Despite their grittiness toward stock and game, Lacy Dogs have surprisingly soft temperaments. WYMAN MEINZER

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