Kemmer Feist

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 15-30 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: 10-14 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Kemmer Feist is a small size hunting dog originating in America. It was developed by an American breeder, Robert Kemmer, using Fox Terriers, Mountain Curs and Old Timely Mountain Feists. This is a type of dog that will chase small game, specially squirrels, up the tree and keep it cornered there until the hunter comes to finish the job. This breed hunts above the ground and is an excellent hunter of small game.

This small and perky dog is often compared to Rat Terriers although it has no Rat Terrier bloodlines. The dog stands between 12-18 inches and weighs about 15-30 lbs. A small round head starts off this breed and leads to the narrow muzzle which has a pointed nose. The high set ears naturally hang down in V shape. The dog has small round eyes. Short and skinny neck leads to the small body. Short legs have tiny rabbit like paws. The dog sports short and soft coat that can comes in tricolour(black, white and tan), bi colour (brown and white) and brown colouring.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC.


There are two common color combinations: one is black, tan, and white which is also called tri-colored or tan and white with the tan varying from light colors to rich colors. It can also be seen in tri-colored (black, white, and tan), brown or brown and white.


The Kemmer Feist has a short, sleek and soft coat that is low maintenance in nature.


The Kemmer Feist is not only a very skillful hunter of small game, it is also a great family pet and very playful companion for children. It is a loving and active dog that loves both family and strangers alike. It specially adores playing with children and makes excellent playmate. This affectionate breed gets along well with other dogs and pets in the family and will make fun companion of them. It is an intelligent breed that can learn easily. Moderate amount of exercise and daily walks will keep this dog active and fit. It is an excellent family companion, one that will love to be loved, eager to please and amuse its family and making great playmate of children.


Short and sleek coat of this dog is easy to maintain with occasional brushing needed to remove dead hair from the coat.


This loving and obedient dog is easy to train. It is an intelligent breed that is willing to learn. Training this dog is not a difficult task but as with all dogs, the trainer needs to display proper leadership skills to earn respect of the dog.


The Kemmer Feist is an active breed, used to working in outdoors. As such, the dog will need fair amount of exercise and playing time. It is happiest when given some task to do. Due to its small to medium size, the dog can fit into any life style including apartment life style. The dog excels in agility and obedience trials.

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