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Size: Small

Weight: 10 - 30 lbs.

Height: 10" - 22"

Life Span: 15 - 18 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: United States

Also Known As: Mountain Feist, Treeing Feist

Group: Companion

Category: Hunting

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


This breed is high-spirited and lovable. The Feist is not bred for show status, so there are no breed standards. Therefore, this breed tends to be highly inconsistent.

Compatibility with Kids

Gets along witih older children


This is a small dog developed in the South for hunting. There is no consistency in breeding, but is likely a descendant of the Rat Terrier.

Pet Facts

Only the Treeing Feist has been recognized by the AKC.

Dog Food for Your Feist

Small breed puppy food

Small Breed Puppy

For the care and nutrition of Small Breed Puppies.

Small breed adult dog food

Small Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of Small Breed dogs.

Small breed senior dog food

Small Breed Senior

Helps support the lifelong health of small breeds.

Small Breed Adult Picky No More dog food

Picky No More™ Small Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of small breed dogs.