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History The Feist Terrier originated in southern America. This breed was developed in Great Britain in 1820 using Manchester Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers. Dogs of this breed were brought to the United States during the 1890s. American breeders crossed these dogs again with the Smooth Fox Terrier and added the Whippet and the Beagle to the mix. The Beagle contributed the red colour and made the dogs more capable for hunting and trailing, while the Whippet made Feist Terriers agile and fast. The smallest variety of the Feist Terrier was created using the Chihuahua and the Smooth Fox Terrier.
Feist Terriers have been bred for the purpose of hunting small game. These dogs were meant to get rid of unwanted vermin from properties and to assist hunters. Aside from being great at hunting rats, these dogs can also hunt squirrels. This breed is recognised by the United Kennel Club.
Appearance Feist Terriers are well-muscled dogs with strong shoulders and a deep chest. They have a solid neck and a compact but meaty body. These dogs have powerful legs and can be born with either a full-length or short tail. The tail of these dogs can be left naturally or docked when they are just two years old. These dogs have ears that are erect when the dog is alert. The eyes of these dogs are relatively small in size and are dark in colour.
Colours The coat of these dogs come in colours such as sable, pearl, chocolate and solid red. Colour combinations such as blue and white, red and white, black and tan, tri-spotted and red brindle are also acceptable.
Temperament These dogs are alert, intelligent, inquisitive and lively. They make great companions to those who wish to have an energetic and affectionate dog. Feist Terriers get along well with children, especially if they've been raised with them since puppyhood. These dogs can even be friendly with strangers, but even so, they still make good watchdogs. Being eager to please and quick to respond to commands, these dogs are fairly easy to train. Feist Terriers even make excellent farm dogs.
Weight Feist Terriers are categorised into three varieties according to size: toy, mid-sized and standard. Toy Feists are 8 inches high and weigh 4 to 6 pounds. Mid-sized Feists have a height of around 8 to 14 inches and a weight of approximately 6 to 8 pounds, while the height of standard Feists ranges from 14 to 23 inches and their weight falls between 12 and 35 pounds.
Problems There are no known health problems associated specifically with Feist Terriers.
Living Conditions These dogs can be fairly active even when indoors, so they can be kept inside apartments just as long as they're provided with at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. It's still best, though, for these dogs to have at least a small, fenced yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements Dogs of this breed need a fair amount of exercise. They should be taken out on long walks or jogs daily. These dogs also enjoy playing games with their owners.
Training Requirements Owners of Feist Terriers need to make sure that they are their dog's confident, consistent pack leader. Strong leadership skills are required for owners to train these dogs. Due to the intelligence of these dogs and their eager to please attitude, they can be fairly easy to train. Proper socialization at an early age is recommended so that these dogs will grow up to be well-behaved.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for as long as 15 to 18 years.
Grooming Feist Terriers are easy to groom and care for. Owners just need to comb and brush the coat of these dogs regularly to get rid of loose and dead hairs.
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