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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:28 pm 
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In December, I posted an article by Hazel Oatman Bowman called "Hog Punchers & Hog Dogs." It was noted that this piece was edited from an original article that appeared in The Cattleman, the professional magazine of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. So I contacted the magazine and they very generously scanned the original, which appeared in 1942, and sent it to me on CD.

Turns out the original is pretty different from the edited version and talks a lot about Lacys. It's fascinating! It is also a long read, 12 pages, but very very interesting. To my knowledge, this is the oldest printed article we have on Lacy Dogs.

If anyone has trouble reading it and wants the PDF version, let me know and I can send you the zip file. Oh, and for people that don't want to read the whole thing, the Lacy stuff start on page 6. But I think all of it is interesting and gives a really cool historical perspective for why we have the dogs we do today. Enjoy!

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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:02 pm 
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Long but I really enjoyed it!!

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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:00 am 
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So I wonder if the black color has always been part of the Lacy history other than the red and the blue? Interesting read!


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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:38 pm 
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To add to my posting: If the black color has always been in the lacy breed, then why is it rare right now? I know of a breeder (who no longer breeds his dogs) in Old Dime Box, TX who had either solid black or blue pups in all of his litters. I will see if I can find his name in my old address book and see if anyone recognizes him.


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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:53 pm 
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Julie put up an excellent explanation of the dd/ dilution gene that causes blue dogs. It's in the genetics & breeding section...

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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:48 pm 
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Ted, was that guy consistently breeding in his own yard? If he was inbreeding away from the influence of a registry, it is very possible that he had black dogs, and here is why... Or, at least, this is genetically why it would happen and how the black could be eliminated.

All blue Lacys are black. But the D locus acts on the the A locus to dilute that black to blue. All these color genes come in pairs, and to express as dilution you need to have both turned on. So a blue Lacy is a solid black being acted upon by dd. Having only one turned on, Dd, means that black dogs stays black.

Now, there appears to have been black dogs in the past, which makes sense given that dilution is a recessive gene and not all the breeds contributing to the Lacy carry dilution. But it is also noted that inbreeding and line breeding was a pretty common practice to enforce the working traits. If there were several popular blue dogs, or red dogs carrying dd, you'd get more and more blues as that recessive trait was enforced. Then, when the emphasis was put on the aesthetic appeal of the dogs and people started breeding for blue, it wasn't hard to get rid of the remaining Dd genes. Yes, having an entire dilute population marks a decline in genetic diversity, but that's inevitable when you breed for a desired trait.

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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:11 pm 
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I only met the gentleman once and that was when my friend was to pick up a lacy pup from him. That's when I learned about the lacy breed. At that time, I had catahoulas. Thought they were sort of similiar in some ways but ever since I've had my lacy and observed other lacys, they may have similiar jobs but they behave much differently. The lacy breed is far more less hard headed, on the small side (some bloodlines of catahoulas do run on the small side), less varied colors (nothing wrong with that but if you're used to the wide array of colors that the catahoula breed brings..then you do have to adjust to it!), more obedient, much easier to housebreak and less likely to do dominant marking in the house. Keep in mind, I've only had one lacy and over 30 catahoulas (most of them weren't working stock..some were dumped on me, etc) so I need more comparisons!


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