DenMark Feist

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 25-35 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden


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

Breed Details


The DenMark Feist is an agile and medium size dog originating in the United States. Contrary to what its name suggests, the "DenMark" is derived from the first names of this dogs' creators, Dennis Willis and Mark Slade. The dog is also known as DenMark Treeing Feist. It is important to note that a Feist (or Fyce) is a type of small hunting dog, developed via crossbreeding of various other hunting breeds in the rural southern United States. Feist can be a type and not a breed.

The Denmark Feist has its beginnings in 1917s when Slade family purchased a Fiest dog. The dog and its descendents stayed within the same family until 1984 when Mark Slade and Dennis Willis introduced the dog as separate DenMark breed. Although, UKC recognized the dog as separate breed in 1998 but soon revised the decision and registered the breed as a strain of Treeing Fiest.

It is a small dog with a height of 15-18 inches and weight between 25-35lbs. The skull is flat and moderately broad. The head tapers slightly towards the muzzle, which is still broad and slightly shorter than the head. The nose is black. The eyes are dark in color. Short drop ears are preferred but tipped ears are also allowed. The neck is of moderate length, tight, and muscular. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The chest is moderately wide and deep. The back is moderate in length and level. The feet are tight, round, and well arched. Most of the DenMark Feist puppies are born bobtailed but a natural tail is just as acceptable. A natural tail is thick at the base, gradually tapering to the tip. When excited, the tail is carried in an upward curve, at all other times the tail is carried straight out behind. The coat is rough, short, and dense. The DenMark Feist may be either solid yellow, solid red, or red and white spotted.


The Denmark Fiest can be either solid yellow, solid red or red and white spotted.


The coat is rough, short and dense. It is a low maintenance coat.


The DenMark Feist was selectively bred to produce an excellent tree dog with the ability to trail silently. It is for this purpose that the breed is still most commonly used. The DenMark Feist is mainly used to tree squirrels, but is also used to hunt raccoons and bobcats as well. The breed is also used occasionally to hunt wild boar. The DenMark Feist is a fearless guardian and hunter, but with its family it is friendly and loyal.


Short coat of the dog needs little grooming. It may be brushed once a week. Bathe only when needed.


The DenMark Feist breed can be trained with positive training sessions.


The dog will need daily walk and some play time in a yard or secure open area. It can fit into apartment life but regular exercises should be provided by the owner and family.

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