Original Name : Österreichischer Pinscher
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 17¼-19¾ inches
Female size : 16½-19 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Austria
Austrian Pinschers are assertive and attentive, lively and playful dogs that are especially devoted and friendly to people they know. Distrustful of strangers and incorruptible as guard dogs, they have little in the way of a hunting instinct, as their main task has been protecting people and property for a very long time.
Pear-shaped, in proportion to the body.
Well defined withers, short, broad, firm, straight back, short, broad loins, long, broad croup.
Golden wheaten, brownish yellow, stag red, black with tan markings. White markings on chest, muzzle, neck, throat, nape, feet and tail tip.
Button (semi-pricked), small, set high.
Set high, strong, medium length, well furnished.
Short or medium length, dense, smooth and close topcoat, dense and short undercoat.
Austrian Pinschers are stocky, medium-sized dogs. While clearly conforming to the Pinscher type, they differ from their German cousins when it comes to hair, coat color and proportions. They are descended from the old type of pinscher found on Austrian farms; undemanding, versatile dogs that were very widespread in the second half of the 19th century. Controlled breeding began in 1921 and the breed was recognized in its native country in 1928 as the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher. It was renamed the Austrian Pinscher in 2000.
Austrian Pinschers are more powerful than their German cousins. They are also much rarer and the population is mostly concentrated in Austria. They have always been used to herd livestock, although they also perform guard duties with great energy and poise.