Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ol' Blue

I learned an interesting fact about Texas today: our official State Dog is the Blue Lacy.

Never heard of it? Neither had I.
But it turns out that this very pretty dog was bred as a combination of Greyhound, Scenthound, and Coyote to help cowboys wrangle and work their herds of cattle on the wide open Texas range.

They are described as intelligent, energetic, fast, eager to work, and easy to train and handle. They can "do the work of five cowboys" and are also used for hunting. It is the only dog breed to have originated in Texas, so therefore it is the official State Dog. Not all States have a dog, you know. So good work, Texas. Way to stand above the rest (yet again).

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