Is this the first time you’ve heard of a Feist puppy dog? You’re not alone. Many people aren’t familiar with this wonderful breed of dog that has been around for hundreds of years in America. They’re very well-known in the rural South, where they’ve always been prized for their excellent hunting skills.
The Feist is known as an above–ground hunter and a treeing type dog. They chase their prey (small game, usually squirrels) up a tree and keep it cornered until their master can arrive on the scene.
But don’t think a Feist puppy dog is only for hunting, they make excellent companion pets too.
The Feist label applies to a group of dogs including the Rat terrier, Mullins Feist, Treeing Feist, Denmark Feist, Kemmer Feist, and the Mountain Feist. The American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recognize any of these breeds, but the United Kennel Club (UKC) does recognize one breed — the Treeing Feist.
Feists range in size from about 15 to 30 lbs and 12 to 18 inches tall. Their short, soft coat is usually white with darker colored patches — it’s relatively maintenance free. Their ears sit high on their head and they have the terrier type muzzle with a pointed nose. Many have docked tails.
Feists are used to hunting in packs and therefore get along just fine with most other dogs. All terriers can be a bit noisy and hyper at times, but you’ll find that Feists are calmer and quieter than other terriers such as the Jack Russell terrier. As with any dog, training should start early and be reinforced throughout their life — this makes for a happy pet and a happy owner. Feists are intelligent and need to be challenged and stimulated on a regular basis to keep them at their best.
Choosing A Feist Puppy
When going to choose your Feist puppy, look at the entire litter. If one of the puppies in the litter appears sick, go elsewhere. They are probably all carrying the illness — usually the weakest of the litter is first to show signs of sickness.
The eyes should be clear and bright. Make sure there’s no mucous around the ears or eyes. Check the coat for any signs of sores or bald patches — which could indicate parasites. Make sure you get any veterinarian records so you’ll know how to proceed with your own veterinarian.
Before bringing your Feist puppy home, you’ll need certain basic supplies — food and water dish, food, chew toys, collar and leash, flea and tick medication.