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Austrian Pinscher Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Austrian Pinscher so you can get to know the breed more.

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Austrian Pinscher
OriginAustria
Other Names
What other names does the Austrian Pinscher have? The dog breed also known as...
Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher, Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Austrian Pinscher recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Austrian Pinscher recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Price
How much does the Austrian Pinscher puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Austrian Pinscher price:
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Austrian Pinscher, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Austrian Pinscher for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Austrian Pinscher gets to a happy place.

Austrian Pinscher History

The Austrian Pinscher, or also known as Österreichischer Pinscher, is a medium-sized dog, which was originally kept as a farm dog, controlling vermin levels and patrolling the land. The breed is native to Austria and a member of a group of dog breeds known as the Pinscher/Schnauzer family. 

According to experts, the breed was derived from the German Pinscher and local Austrian breeds. Pinscher type dogs are thought to have been in existence for many centuries and are believed to be truly ancient dogs. It is unclear how or when the breed was first developed but it is widely thought that such dogs are likely accompanied the Germanic tribes when they first invaded the Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D. However, when it comes to the Austrian Pinscher, records are lacking and the breed was only officially recognized in 1928.

Furthermore, the breed was developed to be a multi-purpose and useful dog, helping farmers in their lands. The actual physical appearance of the breed was never a priority, and in the past, breeders would have varied quite a lot in their looks. Austrian farmers required a loyal dog that was willing to protect the land and the livestock. The Austrian Pinscher was also bred to be sociable with people and tolerant with other animals.

Moreover, a notable figure in the history of the breed was the Austrian Earl Hauck, who became interested in an ancient dog breed known from historical records archaeological digs as the Marsh Dog or Canis Palustris, which have been identified in 1843 by H. von Meyer. Hauck believed that the Austrian Pinscher was the closest living relative of the Canis Palustris. In the early 1920s, he started to create a breeding program to include those that most closely resembled the ancient breed. Hauck quickly found others interested in the development of a new pure bred dog from the traditional farm Pinschers of Austria, and more breeders began working with him. In 1928, both the Austrian Kennel Club and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized the Austrian Pinscher as a unique breed. The population of the breed continued to grow throughout the 1920s, but the 1930s saw major economic difficulties, which had affected breeding efforts as well. The Second World War was also challenging for the Austrian Pinscher, though they were ultimately saved from extinction, likely because of their versatility and the fact that they lived in more rural areas. However, those farmyard dogs that survived were not the same purebred animals participating in Hauck’s breeding program. Although the nation of Austria would eventually make a recovery in the post-war years, the breeding of the Austrian Pinscher did not. By the 1970s, the situation for the purebred breed was extremely dire. Only one fertile registered dog remained, a female. Another issue was that the breed lacked awareness. Many Austrians did not even know that the breed existed. However, a few dedicated breeders began collecting working line Pinschers without pedigrees from farms across Austria, focusing on those that most closely matched breed standards. These dogs were then mated with the above-mentioned fertile female dog. Moreover, Austrian Pinscher fanciers discovered that a few traditional type of the breed had managed to survive in neighboring countries and those dogs were just as influential, if not more so, in restoring the breed than the ones found in Austria.

In 2000, the FCI officially changed the breed’s name to Austrian Pinscher. In 2002, a group of Austrian Pinscher lovers decided to form the Klub fur Osterreichishe Pinscher (KOP). The club’s primary purpose was protecting and promoting the breed, as well as finding as many new examples to enter into the breeding pool as possible. Despite their efforts, the Austrian Pinscher remains a very rare breed. There are approximately 200 breed members in Austria with 20 to 40 additional registrations every year. About the same number of breed members are found outside of Austria, in at least 8 different countries. It is unclear if any Austrian Pinschers have made their way to America, but the breed is currently recognized by the American rare Breed Association, and a few other breed clubs.

Austrian Pinscher General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Austrian Pinscher size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Austrian Pinscher weigh? Austrian Pinscher weight:
12–18 kg
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Austrian Pinscher? Austrian Pinscher average weight:
12–18 kg
Height
How tall is the Austrian Pinscher? Austrian Pinscher height:
Male: 17–20 inches (44–50 cm), 17–19 inches (42–48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Austrian Pinscher average height:
Male: 17–20 inches (44–50 cm), 17–19 inches (42–48 cm)

Austrian Pinscher Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Austrian Pinscher have? What does this canine coat look like?
ThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Austrian Pinscher's coat?
TanYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Austrian Pinscher and how often?
Easy to groom: The Austrian Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Austrian Pinscher is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Austrian Pinscher dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher? Austrian Pinscher shedding level:
Austrian Pinschers are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Austrian Pinscher Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Austrian Pinscher have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertDevotedLivelyAssertiveFriendlyPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Austrian Pinscher? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Austrian Pinscher. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are Austrian Pinscher dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Austrian Pinschers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Austrian Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Austrian Pinscher sensitivity:
Austrian Pinschers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Austrian Pinschers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher need? Austrian Pinscher social needs:
Austrian Pinschers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Austrian Pinscher dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher bark?
Low to Average: The Austrian Pinscher rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Austrian Pinscher good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Austrian Pinschers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Austrian Pinschers will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Austrian Pinscher dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Austrian Pinschers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Austrian Pinscher bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Austrian Pinscher? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Austrian Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Austrian Pinscher do?
Austrian Pinschers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Austrian Pinschers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Austrian Pinscher to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Austrian Pinscher roam?
Austrian Pinschers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Austrian Pinscher have high prey drive?
Austrian Pinschers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Austrian Pinscher good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Austrian Pinscher kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Austrian Pinscher tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Austrian Pinschers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Austrian Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Austrian Pinscher dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Austrian Pinscher Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Austrian Pinscher temperament with other people:
Austrian Pinschers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Austrian Pinscher dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Austrian Pinscher temperament with children:
Austrian Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Austrian Pinscher dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Austrian Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Austrian Pinscher good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Austrian Pinscher dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Austrian Pinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Austrian Pinschers good office dogs? Do Austrian Pinschers make good office friendly dogs? Can Austrian Pinschers be office dogs?
No
Austrian Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Austrian Pinscher dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher temperament with senior people? Are Austrian Pinscher dogs good for elderly owners?
Austrian Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Austrian Pinscher dogs get along with other pets? Are Austrian Pinscher dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Austrian Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Austrian Pinscher breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Austrian Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Austrian Pinscher is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Austrian Pinscher be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Austrian Pinscher is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Austrian Pinscher is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Austrian Pinscher is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a boat dog?
Not really
Austrian Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Austrian Pinscher be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Austrian Pinscher is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Austrian Pinscher Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Austrian Pinscher dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Austrian Pinschers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Austrian Pinscher breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Austrian Pinscher breed? Most common health risks of Austrian Pinscher:
Autoimmune DisordersCataractsDemodectic MangeElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyHeart ProblemsHip DysplasiaVon Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Austrian Pinscher dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Austrian Pinscher be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Austrian Pinscher breed hypoallergenic?
No
Austrian Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Austrian Pinscher have? What is the activity level of the Austrian Pinscher?
Austrian Pinschers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Austrian Pinscher dogs require per day?
Austrian Pinschers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Austrian Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Austrian Pinscher need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Austrian Pinscher risk for obesity:
Average. The Austrian Pinscher has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Austrian Pinscher's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Austrian Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Austrian Pinscher drool?
The Austrian Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Austrian Pinscher could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Austrian Pinscher. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Austrian Pinscher Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Austrian Pinscher: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Austrian Pinscher have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Austrian Pinscher have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Austrian Pinscher Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Austrian Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Austrian Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Austrian Pinschers are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Austrian Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Austrian Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Austrian Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Austrian Pinschers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Austrian Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Austrian Pinscher kutyafajtát.
  • Shedding Level: Austrian Pinschers are heavy shedders.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Austrian Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Austrian Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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