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Denmark Feist – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 15 to 35 pounds
Height: 15 to 18 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Denmark Feist, Dog Breed Guide



Denmark Feist shares the reputation of all other feist type dogs.  They are lively and full of spirit, so spirited that they become feisty, which means “a small dog who is snappish”.  Hence the dog breed’s name. Some breeders will find this debatable as they believe that the dogs got their name from an old nickname used to describe annoying dogs that belong to the fisting hound breed.

Whatever the case, the Denmark Feist is all that plus more. It is a breed that is not just all bark, but an impressive hunting dog with great working ethics!

Official Name

Denmark Feist


Date – 1917 / Country – Denmark
Family / Group – Scent hound, Hound

Recognized By

Dog Registry of America, Inc.


Official records of the Denmark Feists are not precise but a story goes that in the year 1917, the Slade Family purchased a small feist type of dog that eventually became the ancestors of the modern Denmark Feist of today. These dogs were bred to be all-purpose working dogs that can hunt, track and trail prey! The Denmark Feists were developed to be silent hunters, trailing boards, bobcats and squirrels alike without creating noise which may distract these wild animals.


This dog breed has two distinct personalities, tenacious at work and calm at home, full of energy, jovial

Bred For

Hunting small game animals including squirrels and rabbits.


This breed lives to hunt and prefer to be outdoor pets. They are not suitable for city living and apartment conditions.


The Denmark Feist is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs.


Early training should be done to establish the pack leader status.


Allergies, luxating patellas, dental problems and demodectic mange are the top health issues to expect on this breed.


When not hunting this breed needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog.