Texas’s Top Dog Breeds

Did you know that there are over 200 dog breeds recognized by the AKC? A few of those pups are very near and dear to us in Texas, such as the Blue Lacy, our official state dog. A Plano, TX vet turns the spotlight on the Lone Star State’s favorite pups in this article.

Blue Lacy

First bred in the 1800’s as herding and hunting dogs, the Blue Lacy has been a favorite of ranchers ever since. They’re versatile, intelligent, and active, and make great watchdogs. They became our official state dog back in 2005. (Fun fact: although all Blue Lacies carry the gene for blue coats, the breed standard also allows them to be red or tricolored.)

Texas Heeler

It’s no surprise that these pups are so smart: they are a cross between the Australian cattle dog and Australian Shepherd, two extremely intelligent breeds. A working dog at heart, the Texas Heeler is another favorite of cattle ranchers. The breed made its official debut in 1970, and is considered a “designer dog.” (Fun fact: though they can be great family pets, Texas heelers tend to pick a favorite human, whom they will bond most closely to.)

Labrador Retriever

This lovable family favorite has been sitting with a happy pant on his face at the top of the doggy popularity charts for over 30 years. Fido did get knocked off the top slot in 2022 by the French Bulldog, but is unlikely to slip much further down in the rankings. These Very Good Boys are the most popular pups in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. (Fun fact: the Labrador Retriever has a gene that makes it difficult for them to tell when they’re full. Owners need to monitor portion sizes and steel themselves against those adorable furry faces.)


A small scent hound with a big heart and a love of singing, the Beagle is an excellent tracker who will follow his nose through all sorts of terrain. Social, excitable, and at times a bit stubborn, these sweet pups make wonderful pets and companions. (Fun fact: the Beagle has quite a long history, with a family tree that sprouted in Medieval England. The pups came perilously close to extinction: in 1887, there were only 13 packs of them.)

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Plano, TX animal clinic, anytime!

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