Mountain Feist

The Mountain Feist's origin is attributed to the southern region of North America, specifically the Southern Appalachian and Ozark Mountains. It was commonly used to hunt small game like rabbits, birds, raccoons, and squirrels, as well as bigger animals like foxes. It is not known how long exactly the Mountain Feist has been on the continent. However, they were used by early American pioneers in their exploration of the North American continent. Also, they are referenced in literary works or documentation from U.S. presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The Mountain Feist is related to the terrier, as well as the larger cur dog breed. In 1985, the American Treeing Feist Association (ATFA) was founded to promote the Feist as a dog that can climb trees to hunt fleeing game.

The Mountain Feist is generally described as a sleek and compact canine with a visually appealing appearance. The coat of the dog is short and smooth, with a unicolor, bicolor or tricolor scheme. Common color combinations include red, black, white, red and white, black and tan, blue and white, and red brindle. The head features small and dark eyes, wedge-shaped ears, black and self-colored nose, and slightly tapering muzzle of medium length. The head is connected to a strong neck of medium length. A fairly deep and well-ribbed check, straight and strong back and forelegs, muscular hind legs, small and compact feet with sharp curved nails, and a stubby tail complete the dog's profile. The hind legs and curved nails in particular are instrumental in its ability to climb trees and chase down elusive small game. Mountain Feists usually stand at 10 to 22 inches tall (26 to 56 centimeters) and weigh around 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.5 kilograms). Personality: The Mountain Feist enjoys a reputation as a high-spirited, intelligent, physically active, and lovable dog. This makes it ideal for companionship, as well as for hunting. It is a very vocal dog, with the tendency to growl, bay, and bark frequently. A calm yet confident and firm owner is required for optimal breeding and behavior.

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Breed Type
Mix
Origin
United States
Function
Life Span
13-18 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
American Treeing Feist, Mountain Feist

Mountain Feist Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
13-20 in.
Length (Female)
14-16 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Moderate Cold

The Mountain Feist is generally described as a sleek and compact canine with a visually appealing appearance. The coat of the dog is short and smooth, with a unicolor, bicolor or tricolor scheme. Common color combinations include red, black, white, red and white, black and tan, blue and white, and red brindle. The head features small and dark eyes, wedge-shaped ears, black and self-colored nose, and slightly tapering muzzle of medium length.

The head is connected to a strong neck of medium length.

A fairly deep and well-ribbed check, straight and strong back and forelegs, muscular hind legs, small and compact feet with sharp curved nails, and a stubby tail complete the dog's profile. The hind legs and curved nails in particular are instrumental in its ability to climb trees and chase down elusive small game. Mountain Feists usually stand at 10 to 22 inches tall (26 to 56 centimeters) and weigh around 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.5 kilograms).

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Mountain Feist enjoys a reputation as a high-spirited, intelligent, physically active, and lovable dog. This makes it ideal for companionship, as well as for hunting. It is a very vocal dog, with the tendency to growl, bay, and bark frequently. A calm yet confident and firm owner is required for optimal breeding and behavior.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Blue Blue Merle Red Red & White Red-Black Brindle Tri-Color White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

Since Mountain Feist dogs are short-haired, they don't require a lot of grooming. However, if they get messy, usually as a result of going into the bushes or splashing into a mud puddle, they would require a good washing. Otherwise, all this dog needs is an occasional brushing to get rid of shed hairs.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Mountain Feist is a dog of North American origin
  • It is also known as the Treeing Feist, American Treeing Feist, and American Feist
  • The dog is not known as a specific breed; in fact, it can be considered as a mixed breed, partly due to occasional mix-ups with the rat terrier or Jack Russell Terrier

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Common Health Conditions in Mountain Feists

There are no common or major health issues associated with the Mountain Feist. However, regular exercise or activity should be encouraged to ward off possible obesity.

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