Mountain Feist

Canis lupus

Last updated: June 10, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game.

Mountain Feist Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Mountain Feist Conservation Status

Mountain Feist Locations

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Mountain Feist Facts

Fun Fact
Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game.
Curious, active, and affectionate

Mountain Feist Physical Characteristics

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • White
  • Brindle
  • Silver
Skin Type
10 to 15 years

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Mountain Feists were bred in the southern United States as a dog that could help with hunting small game. To this day, they are often used to hunt rabbits, raccoons, and, especially, squirrels.

Mountain Feists are small, yet muscular dogs who were initially bred to help with hunting vermin and other small game in the rural United States to keep the rodent population under control. While they are still often used for hunting, especially squirrels, their temperament also makes a Mountain Feist a wonderful companion dog or family pet. They are very affectionate and loving to the members of their family and have fun and playful personality.

However, Mountain Feists can also be a bit challenging to train and do best with more experienced owners. However, with proper training and sufficient exercise to match their higher energy level, a Mountain Feist can do very well in homes with children. Mountain Feists are relatively small, weighing just 12 to 30 pounds. Their coat can be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, brindle, blue, brown, red, or silver.

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Owning a Mountain Feist: 3 Pros and Cons

Pros! Cons!
Good with children: With proper training, Mountain Feists can make a good family pet. They have a friendly and affectionate temperament. High exercise needs: Mountain Feists have a lot of energy and will require multiple long walks each day.
Low maintenance: Mountain Feists don’t require much grooming. Can be difficult to train: Mountain Feists can be challenging to train and are best suited for homes with experienced owners.
Unique appearance: Mountain Feists are small and muscular. Their coats come in a range of colors including black, brown, gray, red, white, brindle, and cream. High prey drive: Mountain Feists have a high prey drive and may try to chase small animals outside or cats.
Cute Mountain Fest playing in the garden.
Cute Mountain Fest playing in the garden.

Mountain Feist Size and Weight

Mountain Feists are a small to medium size dog breed. Males and females are generally between 12 and 18 inches tall and weigh between 12 and 30 pounds. Puppies will gain muscle as they develop into full-grown dogs.

Height (Male) 12 inches to 18 inches
Height (Female) 12 inches to 18 inches
Weight (Male) 12 pounds to 30 pounds
Weight (Female) 12 pounds to 30 pounds

Mountain Feist Common Health Issues

Overall, these dogs are a very healthy breed. They typically enjoy a very long lifespan. However, there are still some potential concerns owners should be aware of if they have one of these dogs.

Some Mountain Feists may develop hip dysplasia. This is a condition where the hip bone doesn’t form correctly and becomes dislocated. It can make walking very painful for dogs, and surgery may be required to correct it.

A Mountain Feist may also be a bit more likely to develop an ear infection than some other breeds. Be sure to keep your dog’s ears clean and contact your veterinarian if you notice your dog scratching at his ears.

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Bloat is another potential concern for these dogs. Also known as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), bloat is a condition in which a dog’s stomach is filled with gas and twist. It can be life-threatening, and you should bring your dog in for immediate care if you suspect they have developed bloat. It is not completely clear what causes bloat in dogs, but it commonly occurs after the dog eats a large meal and then exercises. So, take care to limit your dog’s activity following a meal.

As a review, some of the potential health concerns to be on the lookout for with one of these dogs include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Bloat

Mountain Feist Temperament and Behavior

These dogs are a very active breed. They are known to have a very curious and playful personality. They enjoy playing outdoors and need long walks to make sure they get their energy out. As long as their exercise needs are met, the dog’s behavior should stay under control. Their personality traits can make this breed a wonderful family dog.

However, if the dog isn’t given the exercise he needs, he may get bored and exhibit destructive behaviors. These dogs may also bark or growl more than many other breeds. Due to their higher intelligence and potential stubbornness, they typically do best in a home with an experienced trainer.

How to Take Care of a Mountain Feist

Mountain Feists are a unique dog breed with unique needs. Keep their temperament, exercise requirements, health concerns, training needs, and all other relevant characteristics and information in mind when caring for your dog.

Mountain Feist Food and Diet

As a very active breed, it is important to make sure your dog gets enough food to keep them healthy. These dogs should eat around 400 calories of high-quality dog food formulated for active breeds. Since this breed is also susceptible to bloat, feed them two smaller meals each day rather than one large meal.

Puppies have smaller stomachs than adults. Due to this, it is important that you feed them between three and four meals each day until they are around six months old. Your veterinarian is an excellent resource to consult if you are not sure how much food to feed your dog or how frequently they should eat each day.

Mountain Feist Maintenance and Grooming

These dogs were bred to be low-maintenance dogs. They have short hair and do not need much grooming to stay looking their best. This breed does shed a fair amount, but the amount of hair they lose will be minimal because they have such short hair. So, you won’t need to worry too much about finding a pile of black, brown, white, or gray hair all over your furniture or floors. You should use a slicker brush or bristle brush about once each week to brush your dog and remove any loose hairs and dirt from their coat.

For the most part, a Mountain Feist will keep himself pretty clean, but they may require an occasional bath if they get very dirty. You will also need to keep your dog’s nails trimmed, their teeth brushed, and their ears clean.

Mountain Feist Training

Training a Mountain Feist is not always easy. They have a pretty strong prey drive and a very high energy level, which can make training sessions more challenging. Generally, these dogs do best in homes with experienced owners. They do have a high intelligence level, so with the right trainer and training techniques, this breed can learn quickly.

Mountain Feist Exercise

These dogs need a lot of exercise each day. They do best when they get to walk at least 14 miles each week, so don’t bring home a Mountain Feist unless you enjoy going for long walks or hikes each day. In addition to taking your pup for long walks, you can also give your dog playtime in a fenced-in backyard. These dogs were bred to be hunting dogs, and bring your dog hunting with you can also help him or her meet their exercise requirements.

Mountain Feist Puppies

You may find it challenging to find a pure-bred Mountain Feist puppy since the breed is rare. However, a Mountain Feist mix may be easier to find. Some breeds that may be mixed with these dogs include Mountain Curs, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russel Terriers, and Labrador Retrievers.

Before bringing home a new puppy, make sure that you’re ready to commit to giving the dog the exercise it needs. This is a very high energy breed, and without proper exercise dogs can become bored and destructive.

Mountain Feists and Children

If these dogs get proper training, they can do very well with children. They have a very playful and affectionate personality. However, they are a very active breed, so they may do better in a home with older children that won’t be injured accidentally. Always take care to supervise children around a Mountain Feist or any other dog breed.

Dogs similar to Mountain Feist

Jack Russell Terriers, Fox Terriers, and Rat Terriers are three breeds that are similar to these dogs.

  • Jack Russell Terriers: Jack Russell Terriers and Mountain Feists can both be very affectionate with the people they trust. Both breeds are also very territorial and can make a good watchdog. Jack Russell Terriers have a higher weight gain potential and the amount of food they eat should be closely regulated to prevent obesity.
  • Fox Terrier: Fox Terriers and Mountain Feists are both likely to bark a lot. Both breeds also have a very high pretty drive. A Fox Terrier can make a better dog for homes with children than a Fox Terrier, though.
  • Rat Terrier: Rat Terriers and Mountain Feists were both bred by American Farmers to hunt rodents and other small animals. Both breeds are very similar in size with an average weight between 21 and 23 pounds. Rat Terriers can be a better breed for homes with children, though.

Famous Mountain Feists

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Mountain Feist FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does a Mountain Feist cost to own?

The cost to purchase a Mountain Feist from one of the breeders in your area can range from $200 to $600. However, keep in mind that there may not be any breeders local to you since this is a rarer breed. You may also be able to find a Mountain Feist or Mountain Feist mix-up for adoption through a local rescue organization. In most cases, it will be less expensive to adopt a dog through a rescue than to purchase from breeders.

Mountain Feists live a long life and will require quality care from you as their owner. Be prepared to spend $1,000 to $1,500 the first year you own your Mountain Feist to purchase all the food, supplies, training, and veterinary care they’ll need. The following years will likely be much less expensive, but could still cost between $500 and $1,000.

Is a Mountain Feist good with kids?

Yes, Mountain Feists can be good with children. They are playful and affectionate. However, they will do best in a home with a strong trainer to teach them proper behavior and may not be good for homes with very small children.

How long does a Mountain Feist live?

Mountain Feists can live a very long life. Their average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

Do Mountain Feists make good pets?

Mountain Feists have some characteristics that can make them excellent pets. They are affectionate, playful, and active. However, they also have a very high energy level and require a lot of daily exercise. This breed may also be a bit challenging to train for an inexperienced owner.

What breeds make a Mountain Feist?

The exact breeds that were used to make a Mountain Feist are not known. However, it is clear that a mix of different terriers and scent hounds were used to make this breed.

Do Mountain Feist dogs shed?

Yes, Mountain Feists do shed. However, since they have very short hair, most owners don’t notice too much shedding.

What is a Mountain Feist bred for?

Mountain Feists were bred to hunt squirrels and other small game in the rural south. Farmers wanted a dog whose characteristics would enable it to be a good hunting companion, while also making it low-maintenance and easy to care for the dog.

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