Austrian Pinscher
Dog Breeds

Austrian Pinscher

Characteristics of Austrian Pinscher

Country of originAustria
The sizeAverage
Growthfrom 42 to 50 cm
Weight15–16 kg
Age12–14 years old
FCI breed groupPinschers and schnauzers, molossians, mountain and swiss cattle dogs
Austrian Pinscher

Brief information

  • Playful, very active and hardy dog;
  • Smart and self-confident;
  • A true devoted friend who loves children.


The blood of many dogs from all over the German Empire flows in the veins of the Austrian Pinscher. For decades, farmers have sought to develop hound qualities and the ability to catch small rodents. In breeding, they especially paid attention to dogs with a strong protective instinct and those who got along well with children. As a result, by the beginning of the 19th century, a temperamental breed appeared that was able to stand up for its family, become its integral and beloved part, while being suitable both for hunting game and for guarding the herd.

Until the middle of the last century, there was no clear standard for this breed. Breeders were more focused on its best representatives, so pinschers were often crossed with other dogs. When the first standard appeared, the breed was called the Austrian Shorthair Pinscher and, accordingly, included only representatives with short hair. Now the breed has been renamed, and it includes representatives with all types of coat.

Watchdog qualities and the desire for dominance are still characteristic features of the Austrian Pinscher. For this reason, this breed does not get along well with other dogs, especially smaller ones. The only exceptions are pinschers who grew up with their brothers and began socialization in childhood. The same applies to the relationship of the Austrian Pinscher with other pets.


Among the breeds that are not distinguished by silence and goodwill towards strangers, it is the Austrian Pinscher that stands out. The desire to give a voice is treated by education, so future owners should lay a sufficient amount of time for classes with an Austrian.

Despite the fact that representatives of this breed love to play with children and tolerate their antics, they are not suitable for a child owner. In order for a dog to respect family members, be obedient and not consider itself a leader, she needs a strong person who can not indulge her whims. He must also have the desire and energy to work meticulously with the dog, because it is stubborn and not easy to train .

Austrian Pinscher Care

The Austrian Pinscher has a medium length coat with a thick undercoat. To maintain the health of the dog and its beauty, the coat must be combed 2-3 times a week. For this, special rubberized gloves and a damp towel are suitable. If the wool is not combed out, it will quickly spread throughout the premises, and it will be problematic to get rid of it. You only need to bathe the Pinscher if his coat has already become dirty. The intensity of the dog’s pollution depends on its habitat and lifestyle, but you need to wash it at least once a month. You also need to keep your dog’s teeth clean. If it does not allow cleaning the oral cavity, it is better to consult a veterinarian to remove tartar (on average, once every six months).

The Austrian Pinscher is prone to hip dysplasia and heart problems. He needs to lead a moderately active lifestyle. After reaching old age, it is important to see a specialist annually.

Conditions of detention

Agility, Frisbee, Hidden Object, Running with the owner are the activities that the agile Austrian Pinscher loves. Dogs of this breed are attached to their family, so you should not leave them alone for a long time. The Austrian Pinscher can live in a medium-sized apartment, provided that he spends a lot of time in nature and leads an active lifestyle.

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