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Breed Attributes


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


Size: Small     Weight: 15-29 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 12-18 years    Rarity: Very Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


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.


Because of variations in different Feist dog types, colors can be variable from type to type and dog to dog. Generally the Feist dogs come in red brindle, red & white, black, black & tan, tricolor (black, tan & white) and blue & white.


The Feist dog has a short and smooth, low maintenance coat.


The Feist dogs are lively, energetic and even tempered that are very gentle and playful with children. Friendly and calm with family members, the Feist dogs are not wary of strangers but they are alert to their surroundings and will bark to signal arrival of a stranger or intruder. This type of dog is very adaptable and trainable. It can adjust its energy levels according to the situation. While bubbly and active outdoors, the dog will be more than happy to cuddle on the couch when indoor. This dog type is eager to please its owners and will make a very good family pet as well as being a favorite dog type for hunters.


Short coat of this dog is low maintenance and will need weekly brushing.


Very adaptable and obedient, the Feist is easily trainable through positive training methods. The dog is willing to please its owners and will not pose any problems when it comes to training.


This high energy and lively dog will need daily walking for at least 30 minutes. It can be a jogging or hiking partner and can also take part in different dog sports. The Feist can fit into apartment life as long as its exercise needs are met.

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