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Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinscher

Country of origin:

Domestic dog

Golden wheaten, brownish yellow, deer red, black with brown spots

Calm, friendly, playful, active, lively, alert, watchful, protective, stubborn, confident

42-50 cm

12-18 kg

12-14 years

Other names:
Austrian Pinscher


Litter size:
4-6 puppies

Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinscher – a confident, playful dog who is very devoted to his family.This breed does not trust strangers and does not always accept guests in a friendly manner. Austrian Pinschers can make excellent watchdogs who will always be determined to protect their family members and their property. these dogs are surprisingly energetic and active – the Austrian Pinscher will make a really good companion for runners, and will be a loyal companion during trips. The most important thing is that the owner should be able to devote as much time as possible to his dog and also offer games or other active activities as often as possible.

History of the breed

The Austrian Pinscher is a rather old dog breed, but it is not known exactly when and how it originated. The breed was extremely popular until the second half of the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, by the end of the 19th century, herding dogs were no longer in such high demand and the breed’s population began to decline sharply. Fortunately, the breed was revived in 1921 and seven years later it received official recognition in Austria. At that time, the dogs were called Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers, and in 2000 they acquired their present name. After the Second World War, the Austrian Pinscher was almost extinct, and by the 1970s there was only one remaining representative of the breed. So, once again, the breed was revived, but this time the Austrian Pinscher was crossed with other dog breeds. Today, the Austrian Pinscher is still not a very popular breed.

Austrian Pinscher: Appearance

The Austrian Pinscher is a medium-sized dog: females usually reach a height of 42-48 cm at the withers and males 44-50 cm. The weight of these dogs usually ranges from 12 to 18 kilograms. Austrian Pinschers are characterised by a well-defined withers, a short, broad and strong back, a short waist and long, broad loins. The head of this breed is medium-sized, pear-shaped and proportional to the body. The ears are high set, small and semi-erect. The eyes are rather large, round, dark brown in colour. Legs of medium length, sturdy. Tail is high, medium-length, covered with dense fur. The coat of the Austrian Pinscher may be short or medium-long, double-layered. The covering hair is dense and smooth, close-fitting, the undercoat short and dense. Colours allowed: golden wheaten, brownish yellow, deer red, black with brown spots. The chest, muzzle, neck, legs and tip of tail may be adorned with white spots.

Australian Pinscher: Character

Austrian Pinschers  used to be bred to keep livestock or houses, but nowadays this breed is also chosen as a family companion. It is ideal for people who enjoy active leisure activities and have enough time to devote to a dog. If an Austrian Pinscher does not get enough physical and emotional exercise, it can become irritable or even aggressive. Austrian Pinschers will certainly be interested in any dog sport – the most important thing is to keep them sufficiently active.This breed will enjoy „Agility“ or other activities that require agility, so it is worth thinking about it. Ensure that the dog is properly socialised from a young age and that the basics of dressage are taught to help prevent misbehaviour. Austrian Pinschers are very receptive to training, so they learn different commands very quickly.

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