A Mountain Feist is a UKC and NKC breed of dog. The Mountain Feist was created in the southern portion of North America. It is sometimes mistaken for a rat terrier or a Jack Russell terrier.
The ancestral homeland of the Mountain Feist is the Southern Appalachian and Ozark Mountains. Written accounts of the dogs go back centuries to a poem by Abraham Lincolnand George Washington's diary. A feist dog is also featured in William Faulkner's "Go Down Moses".
It is uncertain how long feist dogs have been in America but it is generally accepted that they played a vital role in the lives of early pioneers just like their larger relatives, curs.