They Call Them Feist: The Southern Breed of Dogs

Mark Twain said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” He might well have been talking about that most Southern kind of dog known as the Feist.

In the past, the feist was the most common dog found in Southern areas. Squirrel dog expert Randy Pannell said, “Go back fifty years and just about everybody in the South has some kind of Feist.” While the name feist is not as commonly used today, the breed has a prominent role in the history and literature of the South.

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