All About the Mountain Feist Dog, its temperament and more!

Mountain Feist DogDescription:
The Mountain Feist dog is a sleek, compact canine that has a handsome profile and short coat. The average example of the breed stands 10 to 22 inches tall. The ears are pointed and can be upright or folded over. As Mountain Feist puppies grow into adults, their muscular shape becomes more prominent. Healthy dogs will have powerful legs with curved nails that are sharp and ideal for climbing. This quality improves the canine’s ability to chase down elusive small game. Mountain Feist breeders will offer pups in a wide range of colors, however black, white and light brown are the most common.

Temperament of a Mountain Feist Dog:
Mountain Feist temperament includes curiosity and high energy levels. This alert breed is well-suited for hunting and companionship, as long as owners are prepared to give their pet the attention and play time needed to keep the dog happy. The Mountain Feist dog is a multi-purpose canine that can handle tracking larger game as well as hunting smaller prey such as squirrels and raccoon’s  They are also very vocal, usually issuing growls, barks and the distinctive baying that is often associated with hunting breeds. Potential owners should note that the Mountain Feist is a pack-oriented animal that shows a strong desire for love and affection. When Mountain Feist puppies are properly trained, this breed can be very appealing for involved owners who enjoy the company of their four legged friends.

Mountain Feist DogHeight & Weight:
Average Mountain Feist dog height is 10 to 22 inches (26 to 56 cm)
Average Mountain Feist dog weight is 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.5 kg)

Health Problems of a Mountain Feist Dog:
No general health concerns are currently associated with the Mountain Feist dog.

Living Conditions:
The Mountain Feist dog is an active canine that desires nothing more than hunting. The dog should be given ample room to exercise and plenty of interaction and play time. Homes with more outdoor space are preferred to accommodate the dog’s energy levels. Families with less space should plan to walk and exercise their dog every day.

If the Mountain Feist dog is not going to be utilized as a hunting canine, then owner(s) should plan on walking their pet daily. The dog needs long walks or jogs to help burn off energy that can accumulate due to inactivity. Pent up energy can be applied in negative ways if not properly managed by the owner. Good heeling practice is a must for this breed because it is intelligent with strong hunting instincts. When walking, owners should always maintain a position of calm dominance by leading the dog rather than the other way around.

Mountain Feist dogs are short haired and require minimal grooming. Unless they wind up in a mud puddle or burr bush, most only require an occasional brushing to eliminate shed hairs.

No one knows exactly when the Mountain Feist dog came to America. Historic records mention the breed and their cousins, the larger curs, as assisting the early pioneers. The breed‘s name is sometimes spelled “Fyce” or “Fice”. Abraham Lincoln penned a poem mentioning Fice canines prior to the Civil War. George Washington also discussed his experiences with the breed in a diary.

It is possible to find a Mountain Feist mix, although temperament, appearance and other factors will be influenced by the breed traits of the non-Feist parent.

Mountain Feist DogWhat colors do Mountain Feist dogs come in:
The Mountain Feist dog is favored for its intelligence, hunting ability and climbing capability.

Are Mountain Feist’s good for first time owner? Training?
The Mountain Feist may not be ideal for new dog owners because of its high energy levels and hunting drive. Potential owners should thoroughly research the canine and speak to reputable Mountain Feist breeders to learn more about training, exercise and general care.

Common mixes:
Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers and Labs have all been bred with this canine. There is no Mountain Feist mixed breed pairing that is notably common.


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  • http://don'thaveone Jean

    I have a friend. that has a chawa/mountaion feist or fiest dog when. you go to pick him up he tryes eat you up vary fast what other temper does this dog have he is black with one white spot on him with this dog you have to take your time to pet him with one hand

  • brenda shultz

    I have acquired a puppy that was misrepresented as a border collie. She is definitely not and I am sure she is a mountain feist. She has a great personality and is curious, smart, is already trained. She was born around the first of December. Maggie has no papers. She has all her shots. Very active, I cannot keep up with her, I am disabled with long term back issues and my husband has cancer. I do not want to take her to pound or shelter. I feel we are doing her a disservice by not providing her with the right experiences for her breed. Let me know if you have any suggestions or know anyone who may want her.
    Thank you,
    Brenda Shultz

    • Josh

      Wondering if you were still looking for a home for the dog you were talking about. Possible feist?

    • carol

      brenda shultz,

      where do you live?
      do you still have the dog?

      contact my email

    • Greg

      If you still have this dog I am interested in it. If so could I please get a photo of the dog and speak with you about it.
      Thank You

  • Betsy

    Please dont take yout pup to the pound, there’s many other ways of finding a good home for her. Try Craigslist or eBay Classifieds they’re both free to put an ad in however, you would want to ask a decen fee for yourself. Sometimes But helps find a good home, Interview the people if possible.
    You can put ads on your local newspaper. Or ask your vet to put a notice on board outside in the waiting room, call lots lf veterinarians ask the same
    and there are several other things I’m sure you can ask friends or family.
    Please don’t think I’m criticizing you or anything for your situation I just wanted to try to offer you alternatives and taking your little love one to the pound ! These are just a few suggestions to help.
    I don’t mean any disrespect in any way at all.
    I’m assuming things must be very difficult your situation just come and do the best you can
    I hope you have a happy ending and he/she gets a good home,
    Very Best Regards, in the very best of luck,
    Another Animal Lover.

  • Rebecca Farris

    I’m looking for a small Feist 10lbs. Or less, tan with a blaze. I live on 1 1/2 acres so there is plenty of playroom. ALTHOUGH the dog would be mainly a house dog. I pet sit and have fallen in love with this breed.

    • Jerri

      I have rescued a mountain fiest dog, she is a little older and has been chained all her life (no quality of life) Her ears are frost bitten at the tips, but
      I believe they are healing. I cannot keep her because I rent and already have a small dog. She need attention and some training. She is so sweet and is affectionate. I walked her around the property on a leash and she does not leave the property unleashed. Please never chain this dog. She needs a family with lots of love. She now knows what it is like to be in a home, sleep on a bed (my bed) and be comfortable and not hungry or thirsty.

      Please let me know if you are interested or can vouch for someone who would. I would love to keep her, but I am only allowed one dog. It would be easier if you respond to my email:

      Thank you,

  • Chris McCary

    These are great dogs. I have a Mountain Feist, two years old. Mine is not aggressive toward humans — not any. She is very smart and can run like the wind (very agile on her feet). I live in a rural setting; she runs in the forest all day and sleeps indoors at night. Indoors, she is quiet as a mouse. She likes to run deer, sometimes catches squirrels. She weighs a little over 30 lbs, is white with black spots, tan and black face like the pictures.

  • Kimberly

    I love my Mountain Fiest. I got her in March of this year. She is a rare color a fawn yellow. She is very loving, smart, and very energetic. I have never heard of a Mountain Fiest until I got Jada. I have no regrets. She is a fantastic animal.

  • Byron Melton

    Thanks for using pictures of our squirrel dogs in your article.

  • Dana

    We adopted a Mountain Feist from a shelter in April. He was 1 year old at the time. He is such a wonderful dog! Three months later, we can not imagine life without him.
    He is very social and is great with kids and other dogs. He loves to play and loves attention and play time. He enjoys long walks through the neighborhood and playing tug of war and fetch. He stays outdoors in the day time and sleeps inside at night. He never makes a sound all night long.
    If other dogs in this breed are like him, I would highly recommend this energetic, sweet and loving dog like ours.

  • Tisha

    Bought this puppy off a woman who said she was a tea cup chihuahua. Definitely not. I’ve done my research and come to find out she’s a feist. She’s definitely too talk to be a chihuahua. She’s about a year or so old and I’m just now finding this out. I wanna train her to hunt is she too old to train?

  • Teresa Peak

    I live in Florida. (Gulf County) our treeing Fiest dog died an we are looking for another one. Can someone please help me find one . Treeing Fiest or mountain Fiest . Thank you so much my name is Teresa Peak

    • Kayla

      There’s one at the Tallahassee shelter. Google “Tallahassee online kennel” Her name is Molly.

  • nancy

    we found what we thought was a 4 legged bed warmer about 2.5 years ago, she was running loose for approx. 5 months( thrown out as a puppy) & once she was fed & bathed
    she is unbelievable. we just found out she was a fiest
    she kept me company thru 2 rounds of chemo, very loving & affectionate, but does she love to run

  • morticia

    I have gotten a puppy from a lady that said he was a Chihuahua and he has gotten to be big I was going to bred him with my chorkie but if he is going to he bigger then my chorkie then I don’t want to bc my chorkie is only 6 lbs any advice will help

  • Julie stepanski

    Two weeks ago I rescued Max. I had never heard of a Mountain Feist. This baby is the perfect pup. He is so fun to play with and such a cuddler. I would highly suggest this type of dog. I love this little guy like crazy!

  • Maggie Pringlemeir

    Oh, my, where to start?!? My first Mountain Fiest was Ruby Carnelian, named for the stones on the breastplate of the High Priest in the Tabernacle, and because he was a little red dog. The came to my husband and me from a rescue, who got him as a stray. Later we discovered that he was terrified of loud noises (gunshot, fireworks, thunder) and had to be medicated to remain calm. Ruby C began doing something I had never seen before — when my husband (a diabetic with congestive heart failure) or I (fibromyalgia, psoriatric arthritis and prone to severe migraines) would notice Ruby C acting strange it was always just before something was ready to act up for one of us medically. Once we recognized the pattern, we paid attention and when Ruby C acted up, we stopped, took a personal look at ourselves and headed to our meds. Both of us had definate improvement in our health. Even our physicians were impressed.

    My husband died in 2004 so it was just me and Ruby C. He never let me down until the day he had his fatal stroke and died. Me, I think he just missed his Daddy too much. The evening I buried Ruby C, I came home and went to online. And I asked Ruby C, if there was somebody he wanted me to see, to show me. About 5 listings down, I saw “this face” — he could have been Ruby C’s littermate, or at least a cousin. Long story shortened somewhat, I contacted the dog’s foster, and began the process. 2 weeks later, MacTaggart came into my life. For the record — those rescues are awesome. If they figure you really need and want that dog and will treatnit well, they will move heaven and earth to get the dog to you.

    Doing some research, what both of my Fiests were doing is called “alerting”. There are many different types of Service Dogs. Some pull wheelchairs, some open doors or pick up dropped object, and some warn their person of medical challenges. From what I understand, it is very difficult to train a dog to do this. Some dogs seem to do it instinctively. Both of my Fiests have been Medical Alert Service Dogs. They do it because they bond very tightly with their person.

    My dog essentially goes to the vet once a year for a good physical, lots of bloodwork and immunizations. Yes, I believe in shots, not only the rabies my city requires for a license, but also all the other alphabet soup that my vet recommends. Yes, even for Lyme Disease. His bloodwork is sent off to a human lab every year for a full screening panel — if those change we know to look at heart, liver, kidneys, etc — just like people. My vet tells me he is extroidinarily strong and healthy. He does get a premium high protein, grain free kibble. In the miserable cold winter, we stay inside and snuggle. Once the weather eases up, MacTaggart goes to my city’s dog park, both to socialize with the other dogs and for exercise. I call it his physical therapy.

    I know this has been a long post but I wanted to spell out just how extraordinary these dogs are. From my two, they are very trainable, very friendly and very loveable. From my two, they are great with kids — as long as they are treated gently. Hit a Fiest or hurt him and he will never forget. MacT sleeps under the covers with me, thank you very much, snuggled up next to my knee. Unless my hips are hurting, then he knows to snuggle up there. He’s better than a hot water bottle! And YES, he will wake me up when I need meds, even before I am aware of it.

    Most of my adult life, I have been a poodle person. Now that I have experienced a Fiest, they are my preferred breed. These little dogs love to run, yes, they do. But they are also very smart. They have a unique problem solving ability that other dogs, even my formerly beloved poodles, just don’t have. They are so very protective — the postal carrier, the FedEx guy, the UPS guy, all look twice when he is outside on his timeout cable. Police and fire personnel, he recognizes the uniforms and tries to get petted. I take him walkies 3 to 4 times a day and use a dog puddle pad in the kitchen at night. He knows to use that and never soils anywhere else. Frankly, he is better tempermented and more civilized than a lot of human people I know.

    Bottom line — do not hesitate. Bring a Fiest into your home and family. You will never find a better companion and family member. Once you do, you will wonder why you didn’t do it years before!

    Best wishes and warm hugs and woofs to all,
    Maggie & MacTaggart
    Me & my Service Dog

    • Maggie Pringlemeir

      Please forgive first instead of f i e s t. The auto correct changes it before it sends! All I can tell you is I LOVE MY F I E S T!! And you will love them too. If you want a stupid dog, these are not for you. Me, I like a smart dog who figures thing out and learns quickly. It takes him usually a few seconds to learn something new. I cannot image living without him.

      More hugs & woofs,
      Maggie & MacTaggart

  • Chris Gebbia

    We took in two Feists (brother and sister) several moths ago, after our beloved 10-year-old poodle passed away. The family who had them before us, also had a “house pig” who did not appreciate the puppies and began chasing and biting them! They are beautiful pups, full of energy and very loving! The problem is, I work a lot so I have to crate them and I know they would much rather be with a family with some land who enjoy hunting! They are great at keeping moles away and flushing out squirrels! If you know of a great hunting family who would adopt both (they are so tightly bonded and do not know what to do when the other is out of their sight) please contact me! We are located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

  • Roxanna

    I have a mountain first/jack mix have had him for going on seven years now. I had no intentions of getting a dog let alone a puppy but a friend of mine brought them to work one day I went to see them and this one little puppy kept following me where ever I went they were five weeks old at the time, but no matter where we put him down at and where I moved around to he came right back to me, needless to say he came home with me.
    I don’t walk well now so can’t take him out on walks like I should but I do have a two story house and we play hide a seek with each other, if I start down stairs he races down before me and I will quickly go hide somewhere and he runs back up and finds me.
    I have never had a problem with training him he was house broke within two weeks, and to this day has never been crated, he sleeps with me under the covers and stays up in my bed whenever I have to leave and comes running when he hears me walk in the door.
    I only have one issue and that is he likes to lick a person to death, lol which is not a really big problem we usually just have to tell him enough and he quits for a little bit anyways.
    I love my Bolt and don’t know what I would ever do without him.