Mountain Feist

Mountain Feist

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Much like the lurcher this is not a specific breed but a “Type”. It is a heavy but small short leged dog which may hunt for many miles. It is considered related to terrier’s but has more “substance”. It is like a type of mixed breed, much like a lurcher is a cross between a fast sight hound (whippet or grey hound) and a terrier. A long dog (not a widely used expression) is a cross between two sight hounds.

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. The Feist traces his roots back to the Rat Terrier. 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.

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