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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.