Bench-legged Feist

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 10-25 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


A Feist is a small to medium size dog, developed in United States with an specific purpose to hunt squirrels and other small animals. As these dogs are bred solely for hunting purpose and not for their looks, they vary greatly in appearance. The Bench-legged Feist is among one of the Feist dogs.

The height and weight of a Bench-legged Feist is between 10-22 inches and 10-30 lbs respectively. The head is round with medium length muzzle. Eyes are small and dark while wedge-shaped ears are set well on side of the head and are erect or semi-erect. Nose is black. Neck is of medium length and strong. Chest is deep and well ribbed while back is straight and strong. Forelegs are straight and strong while hind legs are muscular with slight bent hooks. Tail is set high and carried erect.

The Bench-legged Feist is NOT recognized by AKC.


The Bench-legged Feist is found in a number of different colours including tricolor with spots, red and white, red, black, black and tan, blue and white, red brindled and white.


The coat of Bench-legged Feist is short and smooth.


The Bench-legged Feist (also known as Short-legged Rat terrier) is a high-spirited and lively dog that is used to hunt squirrels and other small game. Due to its ancestry, the dog has evolved to be a multi-utility dog with great hunting, scenting and companion traits. It has a keen sense of awareness, high prey drive and great intellect. The dog is very loyal and devoted to its master and family and loves to be with them as much as possible. It has a strong desire to please its owners. Its alertness and aloofness with strangers makes it a very good watch dog. The dog attaches itself strongly with its family and will crave for attention and interaction. It will follow its master almost every where. Very energetic and playful, the dog seem to have unlimited energy. It can be amusing with its antics but will calm down when it is time to settle down. The Bench-legged Feist or Short-legged Rat terrier is a great companion dog and family pet besides being a natural hunter and watch dog.


The coat requires minimal grooming as brushing once a week is enough to keep the coat clean.


Highly intelligent and eager to please, the Bench-legged Feist is not difficult to train. The owner should be consistent, firm and calm when training these dogs.


This small to medium size dog is highly energetic and a working dog. It needs to burn-out its energy levels and exercise needs are a must. Daily walk with ample playing time is what the dog needs daily.

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