Main characteristics

  • Playful, very active, and hardy dog
  • Smart and confident
  • A genuinely devoted friend who loves children


In the veins of the Austrian Pinscher flows the blood of many dogs from all German Empire corners. For decades, farmers have sought to develop the hound’s guard qualities and catch small rodents. In the selection, they paid particular attention to dogs with strong protective instincts and those who got along well with children. As a result, by the beginning of the XIX century, there was a temperamental breed, able to stand up for his family, to become its integral and favorite part, while suitable for both game hunting and herd protection.

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

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

History of Austrian Pinscher

Among the breeds that do not differ in silence and friendliness to strangers, stands out Austrian Pinscher. The desire to give voice is cured by education, so the future owners must lay down enough time for classes with an Austrian.

Even though this breed’s representatives love to play with children and tolerate their antics, they are not suitable for the owner-child. For a dog to respect family members, be obedient, and not consider itself a leader, it needs a strong person who can not indulge its whims. He also needs to have the desire and energy to work with the dog meticulously because it is stubborn and difficult to train.


The Austrian Pinscher has medium-length wool with a thick underfur. To keep your dog healthy and beautiful, you should comb your dog’s coat 2-3 times a week. For this purpose, special rubberized gloves and a wet towel will be suitable. If the coat is not combed, it will quickly spread throughout the premises, and it will be challenging to get rid of it. Wash the Pinscher only if his coat has already become dirty. The intensity of the dog’s contamination depends on its habitat and lifestyle, but it should be washed at least once a month. It is also necessary to keep your dog’s teeth clean. If it does not let your dog clean his mouth, it is better to see a vet to remove tartar (on average once every six months).

The Austrian Pinscher has a tendency to hip dysplasia and heart problems. He needs to lead a moderately active lifestyle. After reaching old age, it is vital to see a specialist annually. In general, this dog is very similar to Siberian Husky

Housing conditions

Frisbee, searching for items, running with the owner – these are the activities that a mobile Austrian pinscher adores. Dogs of this breed get attached to their family, so you should not leave them alone for a long time. Austrian Pinscher can live in a medium-sized apartment, provided that he will spend a lot of time in nature and lead an active lifestyle.

Article by Stanley Harrison

Article by Stanley Harrison – a passionate cat lover who always ready to share his experience with readers. Happy owner of two cats – Chloe and Leo, a dog Rocky and a parrot Tweety

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