The unknown Austrian Pinscher
A rare breed of dog that was formerly a multipurpose working dog.
The Austrian Pinscher was raised as a farm dog and has now gained an important place in the homes and hearts of people. His affectionate, intelligent and protective nature makes him a beloved companion.
The Austrian pinscher is a lively dog of medium size, compact structure, muscular, strong skeletal, deep chest. The height in males is 44 to 50 centimeters while in females is 42 to 48 centimeters.
Its tail is strong, of medium length and coiled back. The coat is double layer and bushy. The inner layer is formed by a very thick tuft. The outer layer is dense, lacy, tight and may be short or medium.
Accepted colors are wheat yellow, brown yellow, red fawn and black with red markings. You may also have white spots on the chest, snout, throat, neck, nape, paws and tail tip.
It has been known in the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire since the 18th century and was used as a multi-purpose farmer’s dog (barker, shepherd, rattler) for easy training.
After World War II the breed practically disappeared. Later the breed recovered from a few specimens, and performing crosses with other breeds of dogs, but still today this pinscher is still practically unknown.
It is currently a breed on the verge of extinction and there are only a handful of them. In 2000 the FCI changed the name of the breed to “Austrian Pinscher”.
Confident of himself, lively, attentive, playful, especially attached, faithful and friendly in dealing with the people he trusts. Before the strangers is suspicious and an unobtainable guardian.
They are playful and affectionate with theirs, but reserved and even biting when encountering strangers or in strange situations. They also tend to be aggressive with other dogs, so it is very important to socialize them from puppies to avoid being aggressive to adults.
This breed originated as a working breed, so they are energetic and resistant. Although currently one of the relatively healthy races, it is prone to hip dysplasia and heart disease.
Hair care does not usually give much problem, since it is enough to brush the dog twice a week and to bathe it only when it is dirty.
The Austrian pinscher needs a lot of exercise to be careful of jumps because of his propensity for hip dysplasia and because of his tendency to bark, it does not fit very well to life in departments or densely populated cities. You need a large garden where you can exercise or, better yet, live in a rural property where you enjoy more freedom.