Welcome to Shadowtail Kennels!  My name is Byron Melton and we are located in Rockingham, NC near the Great Pee Dee River.  I am an avid squirrel hunter and I only hunt squirrels with our Mountain Feist Dogs.  We hunt and raise an Appalachian strain of Mountain Feist Squirrel Dogs and these are the only type of dog raised, trained, or reproduced in our kennel. 

 We strive to produce tree minded, stay put Squirrel dogs that preform in the squirrel woods regardless of terrain, conditions, or competition.  While I am not a die hard competition hunter, we thoroughly enjoy entering our dogs in sanctioned hunts when given the chance.


 Our Squirrel Dogs are descendants of Cadillac Jack, Grayson, and Buckley Mountain Feist breeding.  The Mountain Feist dogs we produce are exclusively for use as squirrel and/or raccoon hunting dogs or to serve as working dogs on farms or in other rural areas. Please understand that our kennel does not produce any Mountain Feist puppies or young dogs to be placed into pet or non-hunting homes. Ability is the main focus of our breeding program and I prefer that these dogs are placed with people who will work them and let them realize their full potential as squirrel dogs.

We maintain all of our squirrel dogs in top physical condition and we work our dogs all year long.  We train and hunt our dogs in a wide variety of terrain and conditions in North Carolina.  We also hunt our dogs from time to time in South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky. 

We welcome anyone interested in hunting with Appalachian Mountain Feist dogs to come along on a hunt with our squirrel dogs and I.  We can hunt at your pace.  Hunting with squirrel dogs is an experience like few others and we can assure you that you'll have a great time!

 "Proud Hunters Of Appalachian Mountain Feist Squirrel Dogs"
NKC Licensed Kennel  2018