Austrian Pinscher - Origin, Traits and Care

Austrian Pinscher: find out what this animal is like, its physical characteristics, character, behavior, etc. The Austrian Pinscher is a medium-sized dog breed with little...

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The Austrian Pinscher is a little-known medium-sized dog breed that was once used as an all-purpose working dog. These dogs are animals that like to explore and discover new things, and love to play with their fellow dogs due to the high level of energy they have. This is why it is important that they have large spaces where they risk nothing to play and spend their energy, you will have understood it, it is a dog that is better to adopt if you have space and of a garden.

If you are thinking of adopting an Austrian Pinscher, don't miss this breed sheet from PlanèteAnimale in which we will explain everything you need to know about this breed of dog, which most people think is it is related to the miniature pinscher, but whose origin is actually poorly understood.


  • Europe
  • Austria

FCI Nomenclature

  • Group II

Physical Characteristics

  • Muscular
  • Proportional


  • Average


  • 45-55

Adult Weight

  • 10-25

Life expectancy

  • 12-14

Recommended physical activity

  • High


  • Society
  • Active

Ideal for

  • Apartment
  • House

Recommended climate

  • Temperate

Hair type

  • Short
  • Medium
  • Smooth
  • Big

Origin of the Austrian Pinscher

The Austrian Pinscher is a very rare dog breed. The ancestors of this breed were used on Austrian farms to herd cattle, round them up, and weed out rats and other pests.Some authors believe that this dog is related to the German Pinscher and therefore to the Miniature Pinscher, but almost nothing is known about its ancient history. Modern history is best known, as the current breed standard was set in 1928. Back then it was called the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher.

Changes in agricultural activities and World War II caused almost total damage to the breed. By the end of the war, the Austrian Pinscher had practically disappeared. Subsequently, the breed was resurrected from a few specimens and through crossbreeding with other dog breeds, but even today this pinscher is virtually unknown.

Physical characteristics of the Austrian Pinscher

The Austrian Pinscher is a medium-sized, well proportioned and strong dog. The height at the withers in males is 44 to 50 centimeters while in females it is 42 to 48 centimeters.Its body is slightly longer than it is tall, so it has a rectangular profile. The back and loins are short and broad, but the croup is elongated. The chest is deep, wide, long and barrel-shaped.

" The head is pear-shaped with a broad, domed skull. The median furrow and the abutment are both well marked. The nose is black and the muzzle has a straight muzzle. The eyes are large, round and dark. The ears are small, set upwards and button-shaped. Its tail is strong and medium in size."

The coat is double coated and dense. The undercoat consists of a very dense undercoat. The outer coat is dense, straight, tight and can be short or medium. Accepted colors are wheaten yellow, brownish yellow, tawny red and black with tan markings. White spots may also be present on the chest, muzzle, throat, neck, nape, legs and tip of the tail.

Character of Austrian Pinscher

These dogs are very dynamic and curious. He is playful and affectionate with his family, but reserved and even aggressive when meeting strangers or in strange situations. They also tend to be aggressive towards other dogs.

Due to their suspicious temperament towards strangers, they are generally excellent guard dogs, but it is very important to socialize them from childhood to prevent them from becoming aggressive outside. 'adulthood. If properly socialized, they can tolerate strangers, other dogs, and even other animals well, but they will never be very social dogs like Labradors or Golden Retrievers.

Austrian Pinschers tend to be very loud barking dogs.

Austrian Pinscher Care

Maintenance of the coat is usually not a problem, as it is enough to brush the dog twice a week and to bathe it only when it is dirty.

The Austrian Pinscher needs plenty of exercise ( although care should be taken when jumping due to its propensity for hip dysplasia). For the same reason, and because of its tendency to bark, it does not adapt very well to apartment living or to densely populated cities. He needs a large garden for exercise or, better yet, to live in a rural property where he will enjoy more freedom. In addition, after each walk, it is advisable to do a quick examination of your pet to see if it has not been bitten or if it has not caught parasites such as ticks.

As with all pets, it is necessary to feed our Austrian Pinscher correctly so that it does not suffer from certain pathologies such as overweight or hypertension due to poor nutrition.

Austrian pinscher education

It is also important to get involved in dog training from an early age so that they learn to control themselves.Especially dog obedience training. Different methods can be used with this breed, but the most effective methods are those that follow positive training, such as clicker training.

Austrian Pinscher He alth

This breed was originally a working breed, so it had to be hardy and resilient. Although now one of the relatively he althy breeds, they are prone to hip dysplasia and heart disease, as well as certain conditions like cataracts.

It is also necessary to regularly check the Austrian Pinscher's ears in order to check and prevent infections or fungus due to moisture accumulating there, but also to keep the corresponding vaccination schedule up to date to every dog.

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