The coat of the Mountain Feist is short and smooth. Coat colors include tricolor with spots, red and white, red, black, black and tan, blue and white, red brindle, and white. The head has a medium length muzzle, with a slightly rounded skull. The eyes are small and dark in color. The ears are set well on side of head, wedge shaped, and held erect or semi-erect. The muzzle is medium length and tapering to a point. The nose is black and self-colored according to coat. The bite is scissor or level. The neck is medium length and strong. The topline is level. The chest is fairly deep and well ribbed. The back is straight and strong. Forelegs are straight and strong. Hind legs are muscular, with hocks slightly bent. The feet are small and compact, with arched toes and thick pads. The tail is set high and carried erect. Movement: Swift and very agile, with flowing gait.
High-spirited, yet very lovable. American breeders are breeding three different varieties: the Mountain Feist, the Bench-legged Feist, and the Pencil-tail Feist. For squirrel hunting, this dog is par excellent. These dogs also take on rabbits, birds, any small game. Make sure you are this dog's firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader.
10-22 inches (26-56 cm.)
10-30 pounds (4.5-13.5 kg.)
This breed lives to hunt. On days it cannot be taken hunting it needs to be taken on a dailylong walk or jog. If the dog is on a lead it must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.
The Mountain Feist is easy togroom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs.
Feist dogs (also spelled in different regions and time periods "fice" or "fyce") were here decades if not centuries before Rat Terriers were brought to America. Abraham Lincoln wrote a poem that mentioned "fice" dogs before the Civil War. George Washington also mentioned the dogs in his diary.
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