Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinscher dog breed is a pleasant companion for rural and suburban areas. The Austrian Pinscher dog breed standard describes the ideal Austrian Pinscher’s temperament and character as playful, not inclined to be a hunter, and being an incorruptible guard.

The Austrian Pinscher is a medium large breed of pinscher-type dog from Austria, where dogs of the type were originally farm dogs, keeping barns free of rats and acting as home guards, livestock guardians, and drovers. The name originally given to the breed in 1928 was the Österreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher) to differentiate it from similarly named breeds, but today in its country of origin the breed is officially called the Österreichischer Pinscher, or Austrian Pinscher in English.

The Austrian Pinscher has a pear-shaped head. The powerful muzzle is relatively short. The feet have well-arched toes. The elbows are fairly close to the body. The chest is wide and well developed. It has a short, hard topcoat as well as undercoat. Coat colors come in red, black, brown, fawn, brindle or black/tan, with limited white markings common. The tail is docked or left-curled over the back.

The Austrian Pinscher is a fearless and attentive watch dog, it will bark at suspicious sounds. His bark does not make him ideal for urban life. The Austrian Pinscher dog breed may not get along well with other dogs if you as the alpha human do not properly communicate to the dog that is unacceptable behavior. Socialize well. It takes its guarding duty seriously. This is not a breed for the meek or passive owner or an owner who does not understand canine instincts and the need to have an alpha leader. This dog needs a firm, but calm, confident and consistent handler.

The Austrian Pinscher is heavier than its cousin the German Pinscher. This traditional Austrian farmer’s dog was developed as a general farm biter, used to drive livestock and to guard the home. Paintings from the late 1700s show a dog almost identical to today’s Austrian Pinscher dog breed.

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