The Feist or Fyce is a type of small hunting dogs that are produced by crossing several other hunting breeds in America. These dogs are generally small in size with height up to 18 inches and weight less than 30 lbs. As these dogs have been bred for hunting and not for show, their appearance varies greatly from dog to dog and type to type. Generally, a Feist dog is short-legged with high set ears that can be button, erect or short hang in appearance. The head is slightly rounded with tapered muzzle and black nose. The dog has strong neck and shoulders, deep chest and sturdy legs. The tail is either docked or naturally bobtail. They are short-coated dogs that are known more for their hunting skills rather than for their looks.
This unique dog type generally hunts above the ground unlike hounds and terriers who go to the ground to kill or drive out the prey. The Feist dogs are used to hunt small game and specially squirrels, rabbits and all rodents. These dogs are silent when on hunt until they sight their prey. Then these dogs will tree bark to keep the prey to its position and let the hunter do the rest of the job.