Mountain Feist standard
Other dog’s experts strongly disagree with this presumption and insist that the Mountain Feist is no more than a type. This implies that individual dogs may have different predecessors as well as noticeably differ in physical characteristics. Actually non-pedigreed dogs, which shared only their excellent working abilities, were always greatly favoured by American hunters and herders. Thanks to fairly strict approach to selective breeding these canines were notable for their robustness and pliable demeanour.
In ancient times the term «feist» was applied in reference to a small, often boisterous dog. However the Mountain Feist wasn’t valued so much for its compact size as for its hunting prowess and unpretentiousness in maintenance. It was widely used by farmers in American rural South to hunt small game and keep their houses free of household rodents. Being an accomplished rabbit hunter this dog was also capable of tracking and retrieving raccoon, rabbits, and game birds.
The United Kennel Club (UKC) granted its full recognition to the Mountain Feist on February 1, 2015. Nowadays breeders still concentrate predominantly on performing skills of their dogs since most of the breed members remain either active or retired hunters. At the same time this small, lively and loyal dog slowly but steadily acquires more and more fanciers as a lovely family pet.
On the whole the breed is accepting of unfamiliar people although it tends to act warily in the beginning. Be mindful that it is fairly vocal, which is typical for a hunting dog. This nasty habit can be controlled by timely obedience training but only to a certain extent. The Mountain Feist demonstrates strong desire to defend its territory as long as its family. Moreover its sonorous barking will reliably warn its master about the approach of a suspicious person. Being a decent watchdog it won’t become an effective guard dog because of its rather miniature size and lack of ferociousness.
The Mountain Feist is a pack-oriented breed so it commonly thrives in a multi-dog household. This dog prefers to take dominative position among other canines and its reckless bravery can get it into trouble. That’s why it must be led on a leash at all times while being walked. This breed shouldn’t be trusted around other species of animals including stray cats. However this dog will put up with co-existence with a household cat with which it has been brought up since its puppyhood.
• canine hip dysplasia;
Its nails need regular trimming, usually every two month. It’s also essential to thoroughly examine the dogs coat and ears for any dirt and external parasites after each and every hunting trip.
Furthermore this dog can be quite headstrong so even food incentives won’t be able to turn its attention back to training. Screams or rude attitude will only worsen this situation so the Mountain Feist should be motivated to work exclusively with positive reinforcement.
Of course hunting will be an ideal type of physical activity for this talented hunter. Remember that an under exercised dog will most probably become a hyper active, unruly and even unpredictably aggressive creature.