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Barger Stock Feist – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: Average size is set at 30 pounds or 14 kilograms
Height: Shorter than 18 inches or 45 centimeters
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Barger Stock Feist, Dog Breed Guide


The Barger Stock Feist is one variety of American bred Feist dogs. These are “feisty” dogs that are belligerent and energetic when hunting game!

Official Name

Barger Stock Feist


Date – Late 20th century
Country – United States
Family / Group

Recognized By

National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Barger Stock Feist is a working dog breed that was first developed in the city of Harriman that is in Roan County of Tennessee. Pioneer breeders of this Feist-type dog are credited to the husband and wife Feist breed named Bill and Rita Barger. They bred this “squirrel-dogs” for treeing and competitive hunting. Like all other Feist variety, the Barger Stock Feist are descendants of the crosses between Native American dogs and small terrier breeds from Great Britain. The Barger Stock Feists are silent hunters known to bark only to intimidate and hold prey until the huntsman gets to it. They are specifically bred for treeing squirrels, rabbits and various rodents.


The Barger Stock Feist are even-tempered dogs that will display gentleness and their playful side towards family and children. These are lively hunters that are full of energy but will be silent and alert while out on the field. At home they friendly and well-mannered dogs.

Bred For

Barger Stock Feist are being bred to be efficient “squirrel dogs” that will be silent hunters and intimidating treeing dogs when after vermin, rodents and other small game.


The Barger Stock Feist dog was originally bred in rural America and is not recommended to keep as city or apartment pets.


The Barger Stock Feist dog breed is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. They are dogs with short smooth coats that require little attention. Brushing their coat once a week is sufficient.


The Barger Stock Feist dog is one of the easiest to train among the various Feist-type dog breed. This is because of their adaptable, eagerness to please and obedient nature.


Barger Stock Feist is a fairly new Feist variety and their medical history is not that substantial. But like most Feist dogs, they are considered to be very healthy.


This medium sized dog breed is very lively and packed with high energy. It is recommended to give these dogs hunting jobs. When hunting season ends, they should be taken on walks every day.