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Kemmer Feist – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 14 to 20 pounds
Height: shorter than 18 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Kemmer Feist, Dog Breed Guide


As a purebred, the Kemmer Feist is considered one of the rarest dogs in the world with numbers down to less than a hundred. Most are crossbred with other feist dogs. The Kemmer Feist has this highly developed scenting capability, a unique trait for fiest dogs.

Official Name

Kemmer Feist
Other Name:
Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur
Kemmer Stock Cur


Date – Turn of the 20th Century
Country – United States
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By

Dog Registry of America, Inc.


Throughout history, the Kemmer Fiest are often compared or mistaken as Rat Terriers. They may look similar physically; the Kemmer Fiest or also known as the Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur has no Rat Terrier blood in their lineage. Their name originates from their pioneer breeder, Robert Kemmer who created the purebred fiest by crossing Mountain Curs, Old-Timey Mountain Fiests and Fox Terriers. He also specifically bred these fiest or cur types of dogs to be a wide-ranging hunter, capable of hunting small to the medium game in all types of terrain. Today the dog breed’s number is dwindling but most purebred as used for squirrel hunting.


The Kemmer Feist is known to have a naturally sweet playful disposition. These dogs do not discriminate and will show equal love and affection towards family and strangers. They are also naturally sociable, getting along with dogs and small animals. The Kemmer Feist also possesses admirable intelligence, making them easy to train. Their obedience and agile limbs make these dogs’ great competitors in agility and obedience trial competitions.

Bred For

They were developed to be wide-ranging hunters for small to the medium game in all types of terrain.


They are not suitable for city life as well as not ideal for apartment type living conditions. Rural and suburban homes are ideal to these dogs and an owner who will take them out on hunting trips.


The Kemmer Feist are incredibly trouble-free when it comes to grooming. Having their short coats combed or brushed to remove dead hair is the only needed to do.


These dogs are great in training, adapting and learning quickly. They show great skills in obedience and agility.


The Kemmer Feists are impressively healthy dogs. These feist type dogs show no common health concerns that affect their breed.


Feist dogs, in general, should be sufficiently exercised. Taking the Kemmer Feist on long walks or jogging every day would suit their needs.