Whispering Woods Feists and Curs

What is a Feist?

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What is a Cur???

A Feist is a small, short-haired, terrier-like hunting dog. There are currently 3 varieties recognized by the U.K.C. They are alert, intellegent little dogs, ranging from 12 to 30 lbs. Feists and Curs are similiar, most Curs being over 30 lbs. in weight and tending to have a bit more hound-type charachteristics than the more Terrier-like Feists. Our Feists are Treeing Feists.

Size comparison to 
Pekingnese Left; 3 adult Feists, Left to right; Justa Teeny-Bit Rowdy CGC (Rowdy), Justa Teeny-Bit Feisty (Becky), Ch. Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT (Teeny-Bit) and Pekingese friend, Mandy.

A Feist is a tenacious little dog, not a belligerant trouble maker by any means, but very bold and courageous. Unlike most Terriers, they have a very strong packing instinct, as do hounds, and several will generally stick close together. Feists are very useful farm dogs, avidly hunting and killing rodents. They are also exceptional treedogs and are very popular for squirrel hunting. Feists come in all colors and patterns.

The Feist breeds are descended from the terriers brought over by English miners and other working class immigrants. These terriers probably included crosses between the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Manchester Terrier and the now extinct white English Terrier. Some of these dogs were crossed with Whippets or Italian Greyhounds (for speed) and Beagles (for hunting ability). Eventually, these tough little terriers evolved into today’s squirrel hunting Feists. (From UKC homepage at http://www.ukcdogs.com)

The Feist is NOT an A.K.C. recognized breed. They are registered through the National Kennel Club. (N.K.C.) and now, the United Kennel Club (U.K.C.) as well.

A Feist can also be a wonderful pet. They are extremely outgoing and friendly with visitors, but they do bark when people show up. And they sound BIG! Unseen, a 12 lb. Feists gives the impression of a 50 lb dog barking! Properly raised and socialized, they are exceptional with children. Feists are very clean and easily trained. Although they can be a bit hard-headed about some things, firm but gentle training and consistant discipline bring exceptional results. I have found them to be extremely trainable. Ours have all been reliably housetrained prior to 4 months of age. We have also taken 7 (Teeny-Bit, Rowdy, Tawny, Merry, Dot, Tux and Slick) to the A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship test and all seven have passed. Few had ever even been trained to walk on a leash more than 24 hours before the tests!


Our Girls;

These little girls all tree and bay as well as being obedient and social. They range in size from 10.2 to 22 pounds, and they are perfect examples that good hunting dogs can also be pampered pets. And they ARE pampered pets, and wonderful companions, both in the woods and at home.


Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC Justa Teeny-Bit Merry CGC

Above Left; Ch. Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT

Above Right; Ch. W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Merry CGC HIC

Below Left; W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Tawny CGC HIC

Below Right; W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Dotted CGC (pictured at 12 weeks of age.)

Tawny Justa Teeny-Bit Dotted (12 weeks)


*Congratulations to Teeny-Bit on earning her A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship Award on October 20th, 1996 at an event hosted by the White Doberman Club in Cumming, GA. Teeny-Bit is the first Feist ever to earn this award.

*Congratulations to Merry on earning her A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship Award on May 15th, 1999 at an event hosted by the Douglasville Kennel Club in Atlanta, GA.

*Congratulations to Tawny on earning her A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship Award on November 15th, 1999 at an event hosted by the Whispering Woods Kennel And Training Center in Martin, GA.

*Congratulations to Dot on earning her A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship Award on May 27th, 2000 at an event hosted by the Whispering Woods Kennel And Training Center in Martin, GA.

*Congratulations to Sable and Tawny!!!

On September 17th, 2000, Sable and Tawny were entered in their first Treeing Contest, hosted by the Southern Star Feist and Cur Club, and Sable (at only 4 & 1/2 months of age) won with 66 barks in only 30 seconds! Tawny placed third with 58 barks in 30 seconds! Way to go Sable and Tawny!

*And more Congratulations to Sable and Tawny, as well as to Teeny-Bit and Merry!!!

T hese 4 little girls all went to a Georgia Stock Dog Association Herding Instinct Test and earned their sheep certifications with flying colors! As far as we can tell, Teeny, Tawny and Merry are the ONLY Feists to be stock dog certified and Sable is the ONLY Treeing Cur to be stock dog certified to date. These girls are truly versitile, highly trainable, all-purpose farm dogs! They really had fun learning to herd the sheep!

*Congratulations to Teeny-Bit yet again! On September 15th, 2001, Teeny-Bit was the first Feist ever to take the A.T.T.S. Temperament Test. She passed it beautifully and is the first and so far only Feist to do so. Teeny-Bit is our little pioneer as the first Feist ever to earn her Canine Good citizenship award, the first Feist ever to earn her Stockdog certification and the first Feist ever to take/pass the TT!

*Congratualtions to Teeny-Bit for her 2nd place win in the UKC Treeing contest hosted by the Southern Star Feist, Cur and Hound Club in Toccoa, GA on 11/17/01!

*Teeny-Bit has also been showing on the bench. She earned her first bench points at the Ga State CH show in Bartow Ga on 1/19/02 and her last bench points, earning her her bench championship, at the National show in Brazil, Indiana on 4/20/02.

*Congratulations to Merry on her second place win in the squirrel hunt at Roberta, Ga. on 3/09/02!

*Congratulations to Merry on her fourth place win in the squirrel hunt at Bartow, Ga. on 3/16/02!


Our Boys;

We currently have 4 NKC/UKC Reg. male Feists at stud.

  • W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Rowdy CGC, born 8/24/97 out of Ch. Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT by Moon Lake's Mackey. Rowdy is a proven producer of some serious tree minded pups with lots of grit and charisma. See pictures of him treeing at http://home.alltel.net/thaxdorn/treepix.htm

  • CH. W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Formal CGC, born 3/18/00 out of Ch. Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT by Maxwell Pinto Villa. Tux is just adorable with his 4 white feet and full white bib. He is well started on squirrels, coon and hogs. Tux is the sire of 1 litter so far. They are still quite young but are showing nice promise.

  • W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Slick CGC, born 3/18/00 out of Ch. Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT by Maxwell Pinto Villa. Slick is also well started on squirrels, coon and hogs. Slick is a proven sire of some really good-looking, early starting pups.Slick has only been benched twice and he already has his Best in Show win. We look for him to finish soon.

  • W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Flashy CGC, born on 4/11/01 out of W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Merry CGC HIC and sired by W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Slick CGC.Flash is already treeing with the grown dogs and starting to work well on his own.

    Stud fees are $150.00 each. Approved females only. Conditions of approval include (but are not nessesarily limited to) the following;

    Negative Brucellosis test required within 10 days prior to breeding. Females must be good physical representatives of their breed (any of the 3 recognized Feist breeds, will consider Curs and Reg. Feist/Cur crosses). They must be hunt-minded and mature.

    *Congratulations to Rowdy on earning his A.K.C. Canine Good Citizenship Award on May 15th, 1999 at an event hosted by the Douglasville Kennel Club in Atlanta, GA.

    *Congratulations to Rowdy and Tux on their U.K.C. bench show championship points earned at the Banks County Cur and Feist Club event held June 2nd, 2001 in Homer, Georgia. Rowdy earned 10 points with a Best in Class win in the Sr. Treeing Feist Males Class, and Tux earned 35 points, winning the Jr. Treeing Feist Male Class, Best of Breed and Best in Show Male.

    *Congratulations to Tux on earning 10 more U.K.C. bench show championship points with a first in class at the event in Dexter, GA on 10/27/01.

    *Congratulations to Tux on earning 10 more U.K.C. bench show championship points with a first in class at the event in Toccoa, GA on 11/17/01.

    *Congratulations to Tux on earning 25 more U.K.C. bench show championship points with first in class and Best of Breed at the Mid-South Feist and Cur club event in Dexter GA on 12/8/01.

    *Congratulations to Tux on earning 10 more U.K.C. bench show championship points with a first in class at the event in Toccoa, GA on 01/05/02.

    *And one last time, Congratulations to Tux for his Class and Breed wins at the Ga. State Show in Bartow, Ga. on 01/19/02 earning him the title of Bench Champion!


    *Congratulations to Flash for winning his first 10 bench points at the UKC Southern Heritage Classic at Dexter, GA. on Feb. 2, 2,002.

    *Congratulations to Slick and Flash for their bench class wins at Roberta, Ga. on 03/09/02.


    *Congratulations to Tux and Slick on earning their Canine Good Citizenhip awards on 3/10/02!


    *Congratulations to Slick and Flash. Flash won his class, and Slick won his class, Best of Breed breed and Best male in show at Bartow, Ga. on 3/16/02 for 35 more bench points!


    Some Of Our Pups;

    We have some very high hopes for our 2 young pups out of Justa Teeny-Bit Tawny CGC HIC (Tawny), and sired by Sable's sire, Super Gr.Sq.Ch. Tr. CH.Super Gr.Ch.Gr.Nt.Ch. Kovac's Amazing Copper.

    We are so impressed with these little pups and have had so much interest, that we bred Merry, Tawny's litter-sister, to Copper's son, Ch. Amazing Shamrock in April of 2,002. We only had one pup, W.W. Amazing Joy. .

    And some more of our promising pups...

    *Update...

    Congratulations to Rector's Teeny-Bit CGC HIC TT for being the first Feist to earn her TT from the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS)! This makes her the FIRST Feist to earn a CGC, the FIRST Feist to earn a HIC AND the FIRST Feist to earn a TT! We are proud of our spoiled little girl!

    Below left is W.W. Amazing Surge at 5 weeks of age.

    Below center, left to right, are W.W. Amazing Brandy, W.W. Amazing Surge and W.W. Amazing Elvira, pictured at 11 weeks in Elnora, Indiana at the Cur and Feist Midwest Roundup. Elvira is owned by Steve and Kathy Wendt of Buckeye Nights Kennel in Napolean, Ohio.

    Below right; W.W. Amazing Surge at almost 4 months of age.


    We do not breed many Feists, but we usually have a puppy or two available. It is alot of fun to watch them play and hunt.

    ***In July of 2000, I puchased a very promising young puppy, Amazing Sable CGC HIC, from Amazing Curs in House Spings, MO. Sable is sired by Super Gr. Nt. Ch .Super Gr. Sq. Ch. Gr. Ch. Kovac's Amazing Copper and out of Super Gr. Ch. Super Gr. Sq. Ch. Gr. Nt. Ch. Tr. Ch. Kovac's Amazing Grace. This line of dogs excels both in the woods and on the show bench. Sable is an alert, intellegent black brindle Treeing Cur puppy with charisma, presence and quite a voice! We had waited a long time for the right pup from this line and we are very excited about her! At only 4 & 1/2 months of age, Sable was entered in her first treeing competition and won first place w/ 66 barks in 30 seconds! She was locating and treeing by herself at only 5 months, earned her CGC at 6 months, and at only 11 months she is already competing well in squirrel hunts. She has earned 40 of the 100 points needed for her N.K.C. Bench Championship, with 2 First in Class and 1 Best of Breed in only 2 events. Sable has also earned 35 of the 100 points needed for her U.K.C. Bench Championship in only 1 event, winning first in her class, Best of Breed and Best Overall in Show her first time out.

    Because Feists and Curs are technically different breeds (although crosses are common and eligible for registration), we have set up a separate page for Sable and Treeing Cur information. CH. W.W. Amazing Surge HIC CGC, W.W. Amazing Brandy HIC CGC, W.W. Amazing Elvira, W.W. Amazing Ginger, W.W. Amazing Sandy and W.W. Amazing Jet are excellent examples of such a cross. They are out of our W.W. Justa Teeny-Bit Tawny CGC HIC and are sired by Super Gr. Nt. Ch. Super Gr. Sq. Ch. Gr. Ch. Kovac's Amazing Copper. For more information on Treeing Curs and for more pictures of Sable go to Sable's page. For more info and pictures concerning our Tawny/Copper pups mentioned above, Click here.

    Pictures of Feists treeing . Pictures of Feists baying .

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