The Austrian Pinscher is a terrier type dog from Austria. They have a medium body with a strong neck and chest, a long, curly tail, and a broad skull. While the ears are hanging, the eyes are almond-shaped, and the muzzle is long, ending in a black nose. They make a good companion as well as a guardian dog.
|Also known as||Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher, Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher|
|Coat||Short, double, thick|
|Colors||Black & Tan, Brownish-yellow, Stag Red, Russet|
|Type||Livestock Guardian Dog, Herding Dog, Companion Dog, Farm Dog, Terrier|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12-14 years approx.|
|Weight||Males: 26 lbs – 40 lbs;
Females: 26 lbs – 40 lbs
Males: 17 in. – 20 in.;
Females: 17 in. – 19 in.
|Personality Traits||Loyal, lively, alert, affectionate, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||Austria|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||FCI, UKC
Breed Standards (FCI)
The Austrian Pinscher developed in the late 19th century after the farm dogs in Austria started dying out with gradual industrialization. During this time, the rural farmers were in need of a dog that would act as a guardian dog, as well as keep the farmhouses free of feral rats.
With this view in mind, a breeder Emil Hauck felt the urge to bring these dogs back, and he dedicated himself in crossing the German Pinschers with the local dogs. The result was a success. The local people at no time accepted the new line of dogs that were born, and in 1928, the breed was recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club as the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher.
Though the breed was widely accepted in different parts of Austria, it, however, couldn’t be popular outside the country and began to disappear into the background again, soon after the World War II broke out. The population dwindled so much that, by the 1970s, only one of the dogs from the pack bred by Hauck was left. With vigorous initiatives, this dog was bred with other Pinschers, though the population failed to rise up as before.
Today, only a small population of Austrian Pinschers is alive, with most of them found in Austria.
Austrian Pinschers are playful by nature, and are fond of their owners, family members, and are also good with kids. They are said to be “pleasant companions” that is especially suitable for rural or suburban life. This breed is intelligent and will pick up training very quickly.
With their livestock guardian instinct, Austrian Pinschers would dedicatedly guard their masters’ properties, and would immediately take to barking the moment they come across a suspicious intruder or an unexpected noise.
Austrian Pinschers do not have much behavioral issues. However, a few individuals might grow up to be overly possessive towards their family members. If you sense that your puppy is developing such a temperament, begin with some socialization.
Keep some time on hand for your dog so that they don’t feel neglected. Take you dog out regularly to spend some quality time, like going out for a drive, or arranging doggie parties or picnics.
Invite your friends with their pets, while you arrange for some good treats, interactive games, etc. Such moments of socialization from time to time will keep your dog mentally fit, as well as healthy in general.
Daily, 2½ to 3 cups of kibbles is recommended for this breed.