Dog Breeds: Feist dog, characteristics and personality

Feist dog

Feist, a small hunting dog

The Feist dog, also known as Mountain Feist dog is a pretty energetic dog that while at home, prefer to take naps. These working dogs are great ratters and they can help on the field, in the yard, or in the farm.


These dogs originated in North America several hundred years ago. They are descendants from the terriers that miners and other workers brought to the United States. These terriers were probably the result of the crossing between the Manchester Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier and the white English Terrier (now extinct).

George Washington described them as “a small feist looking yellow cur” on his dairy in 1770. This dog is currently registered with the National Kennel Club (NKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC).

Physical characteristics

These medium-sized dogs have a short and smooth coat. Colors of this coat include tricolor with spots, red, black, black and tan, blue and white, red brindle, red and white, and white.

The body of the Feist dog is compact, small, and muscular. Their rounded heads have tapered muzzles, pointed ears, and black noses. When you look at a Feist dog, you easily notice their alert and outgoing look.


His alert looks par with his personality. This is a high-spirited dog but a loving one at the same time. They are gentle dogs and get along with children. Their terrier genes make them territorial but they can easily get accustomed to strangers. They make good watchdogs as they will bark and alert the family of the presence of an intruder.

Caring for a Feist dog

This energetic hunting dog requires at least 30 minutes of walking around the neighborhood or jogging in the park. This is an intelligent dog, so provide him with puzzles or other mind-challenging games.


These dogs are intelligent and catch up commands rather easily. You need to be a firm and consistent trainer as the leader of his pack.

Fun facts

  • If you are having a rat problem, a Feist dog will take care of it in little time.
  • They are usually confused with the Jack Russell Terriers; differences can be detected by the trained eye.

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