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Kemmer Feist

Information and Pictures

A tan with white Keemer Feist dog is standing in a street.

Skeeter the Kemmer Feist

Other Names

Kemmer Stock Cur

Kemmer Cur

Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur




The Kemmer Feist is similar in appearance to the Rat Terrier, even though it contains no Rat Terrier blood. Some are tricolored (black, white and tan), while others are brown or brown and white, and some were also known to be yellow in color.



Height, Weight

Weight: 14 to 20 pounds (6.5 - 9 kg)

Health Problems

Fairly healthy

Living Conditions

Kemmer Feists will do okay in an apartment so long as they get enough daily exercise. They are fairly active indoors and should have at least a small to medium-sized yard. Kemmer Feists love to dig, and they can get out of a fenced yard relatively easily. Provided they have the proper protection, they are able to spend a good amount of time outdoors. They love to be inside the house and outside to play. They do best when used as a an active working hunting dog.


This breed needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Life Expectancy

About 10 to 12 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 6 puppies


The Kemmer Feist is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all it needs.


Developed by Robert Kemmer using Fox Terriers, Mountain Curs and Old Timey Mountain Feists. These dogs have tremendous scenting abilities for a feist. They are wide ranging when hunting and make excellent squirrel dogs. There are very few pure Kemmer Feists left. Many have been crossed onto other lines; see Kemmer Feist Hybrid.




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A tan Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur is standing on a green carpet in front of a wood panaled wall wearing a red harness standing in front of a food and water bowl.

"This is my purebred Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur named Silver Bear Daizey Mae."

A black and white photo of a Kemmer Feist standing in grass and looking up and to the left with its mouth open

This is Kemmer's Prince. His blood still carries on in the Kemmer Feists of today.

A black and tan with white Kemmer Feist is standing in grass and looking up and to the left

This is Tweek. Her mother was from Kemmer lines and her father is an Old-time Mountain Feist, however Tweek looks just like her mother.

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