Mountain Feist Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mountain Feist so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Mountain Feist have?
American FeistAmerican Treeing FeistMountain TerrierTreeing Feist
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Mountain Feist Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Mountain Feist puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$300-$400
If you choose to purchase the Mountain Feist, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mountain Feist for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mountain Feist gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Mountain Feist?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Mountain Feist Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small Medium
Weight
How much does the Mountain Feist weigh? Mountain Feist weight:
12-30 pounds (5-13.5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Mountain Feist? Mountain Feist average weight:
21 pounds (5-13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mountain Feist? Mountain Feist height:
12-18 inches (30-45 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mountain Feist average height:
15 inches (37.5 cm)

Mountain Feist Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mountain Feist have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothDenseGlossy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mountain Feist's coat?
BlackWhiteLight Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Mountain Feist and how often?
Easy to groom: The Mountain Feist doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Mountain Feist is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Mountain Feist dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the American Feist?
Mountain Feists shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Mountain Feist need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Mountain Feist every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Mountain Feist Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mountain Feist have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileLovelySwiftAlertSpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mountain Feist? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Mountain Feist dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mountain Feists are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Mountain Feists are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mountain Feist sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Mountain Feists don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Mountain Feists are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the American Feist need? Mountain Feist social needs:
Mountain Feists need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Mountain Feist dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my American Feist bark?
Average to High: The Mountain Feist is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mountain Feist good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mountain Feists are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Mountain Feists will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mountain Feist dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mountain Feists strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Mountain Feist bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the American Feist? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mountain Feist? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Mountain Feist has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Mountain Feist has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Mountain Feist bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mountain Feist do?
Mountain Feists have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mountain Feists need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mountain Feist to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mountain Feist roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Mountain Feist is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mountain Feist have high prey drive?
Mountain Feists have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Mountain Feists are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mountain Feist good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Mountain Feist indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Mountain Feists adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Mountain Feist Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mountain Feist temperament with other people:
Mountain Feists are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Feist dogs get along with other pets? Are Mountain Feist dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mountain Feists usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Mountain Feist dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mountain Feist temperament with children:
Mountain Feists are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mountain Feist dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Mountain Feists are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Mountain Feist good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Feist dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mountain Feists are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mountain Feist breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Mountain Feists are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mountain Feists good office dogs? Do Mountain Feists make good office friendly dogs? Can Mountain Feists be office dogs?
No
Mountain Feist is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Feist dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the American Feist temperament with senior people? Are Mountain Feist dogs good for elderly owners?
Mountain Feists are commonly okay with elderly people.

Mountain Feist Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mountain Feist dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Mountain Feists tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Mountain Feist breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Mountain Feist see the vet?
Frequent
The Mountain Feist should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Mountain Feist dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mountain Feist be? What is the age limit of the Mountain Feist? How many years can the oldest Mountain Feist live?
9-15 years
The average lifespan of Mountain Feist: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mountain Feist breed hypoallergenic?
No
Mountain Feists don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mountain Feist have? What is the activity level of the Mountain Feist?
Mountain Feists have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Mountain Feist dogs require per day?
Mountain Feists need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Mountain Feists are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Mountain Feist need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mountain Feist risk for obesity:
Low: The Mountain Feist has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Mountain Feist's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
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
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Mountain Feist has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Mountain Feist drool?
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. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Mountain Feist. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Mountain Feist As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Mountain Feist is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mountain Feist be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Mountain Feist is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Mountain Feist is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Mountain Feist is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a boat dog?

Not really

Mountain Feist breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mountain Feist be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Mountain Feist is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Mountain Feist dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Mountain Feist Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Mountain Feist: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mountain Feist have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Mountain Feist Recognition

AKC Group
Is Mountain Feist recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Mountain Feist recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Mountain Feist Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Mountain Feist doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Stinkiness: The Mountain Feist has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Mountain Feist has good luck with genetics.
  • Watchdog Ability: Mountain Feists are good watchdogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mountain Feists are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Mountain Feists tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Mountain Feists don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • 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.
  • Mouthiness: Mountain Feists have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Mountain Feist is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Mountain Feists are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Mountain Feist is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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