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Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist" Compare Rat Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier. Which is better: Rat Terrier or Toy Fox Terrier or Mountain Feist?
Name Rat Terrier Toy Fox Terrier Mountain Feist
OriginsUnited States United States United States
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank97112446
Reviews000
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Other Names American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattie American Toy Terrier, Amertoy Treeing Feist, American Treeing Feist, American Feist, Mountain Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. National Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set
Price $300-$500 $400-$600 300-400

General Appearance - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Size Small Small Small Medium
Weight Standard: 12-35 pounds (5.5-16 kg) 3.5-7 pounds (1.5-3 kg) 12-30 pounds (5-13.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Standard: 23.5 pounds (5.10.5 kg) 3.6 pounds (1.4 kg) 21 pounds (5-13.5 kg)
Height Standard: 14-23 inches (35.5-58.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 12-18 inches (30-45 cm)
Avg. Height Standard: 18.5 inches (35.5-58.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 15 inches (37.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Coat Dense Shiny Dense Smooth Dense Glossy
Colors Tan Brown White Blue Tricolor Black White Tan Chocolate Black Black White Light Brown
Grooming
Effortless: The Rat Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Toy Fox Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Mountain Feist doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Rat Terriers shed above average.
Toy Fox Terriers shed moderately.
Mountain Feists shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Temperament Affectionate Inquisitive Loving Alert Lively Alert Intelligent Playful Friendly Loyal Spirited Agile Lovely Swift Alert Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Rat Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Mountain Feist's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rat Terriers are quite easy to train.
Toy Fox Terriers are easy to train.
Mountain Feists are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Rat Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Toy Fox Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Mountain Feists are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Rat Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Fox Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Mountain Feists are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rat Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Fox Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Mountain Feists need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Rat Terrier barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Toy Fox Terrier rarely barks.
Average to high: The Mountain Feist is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Rat Terriers are average watchdogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are average watchdogs.
Mountain Feists are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Rat Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Mountain Feists strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Rat Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Fox Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Mountain Feist has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rat Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Fox Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Mountain Feists have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Rat Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Toy Fox Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Mountain Feist is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Rat Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Toy Fox Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Mountain Feists have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Rat Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Mountain Feists are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Rat Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Mountain Feists adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rat Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Stranger Friendly
Rat Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Mountain Feists are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rat Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Mountain Feists are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Rat Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Mountain Feists are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rat Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Mountain Feists are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rat Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Mountain Feist is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rat Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Toy Fox Terriers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Mountain Feists are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rat Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Toy Fox Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Mountain Feists usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rat Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Fox Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Mountain Feists are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Rat Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Fox Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Mountain Feist breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Health Issues
Rat Terriers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Toy Fox Terriers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Mountain Feists tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Eye Problems Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Demodectic Mange Legg-perthes Disease Von Willebrand's Disease No set
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 13-14 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rat Terriers are high energy dogs.
Toy Fox Terriers are high energy dogs.
Mountain Feists have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rat Terriers have an average exercise need.
Toy Fox Terriers have an average exercise need.
Mountain Feists need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rat Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Toy Fox Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Mountain Feists are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount of high-quality dry food a day for your Rat Terrier:NOTE: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Low.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mountain Feist can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rat Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Toy Fox Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Mountain Feist has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rat Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Fox Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Mountain Feist drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Rat Terrier vs Toy Fox Terrier vs Mountain Feist

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Rat Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Mountain Feist have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-7 puppies 2-6 puppies 5-8 puppies

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