Austrian Pinscher originated from the ancient Austrian pinschers that were widely known in the second half of the XIX century, being calm and intelligent farm dogs. In 1921 begun the pure breeding of these dogs. On 10.16.1928 the breed was enlisted in the Austrian Kennel Club as Ostereich Kurzhaariger Pinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher). In 2000 the name was changed to Ostereich Pinscher (Austrian Pinscher).
Today this breed is poorly known outside the its country of origin. The breed originated in the 18th century when its main purpose was to protect the property, home and cattle and hunting rodent pests. Today is mostly used as a companion.
These are medium-sized dogs as males reach a height of about 44-51 cm. And females 40-48 cm. Their weight varies between 12-18 kg.
Coat of the Austrian Pinscher is short and hard, the undercoat is thick. Coloration is in yellow tones, a ginger-deer, black and brown, brindle. Permitted are all hues with or without white markings.
The head of the Austrian Pinscher is small with elongated muzzle and narrow forehead. The ears are high, small and hanging. Limbs of the dog are long, slender and strong; elbows tightly to the body; paws are compact, and the fingers are well developed. The tail of the dog is curved to the back.
Character and behavior
The Austrian Pinscher is an excellent guard who barks at every suspicious sound. This is an energetic dog, always watchful, ready to defend its favorite "members of the pack" and entrusted property. This dog protect its master, not running away from him. However, it needs a lot of movement or any other occupation and can be a tireless companion to anyone who loves sports.
An interesting fact is that these dogs are masters in hunting rodents and if necessary even dig their hiding until they catch the prey.
They are also good guards and will alert you as soon as any stranger approach your territory.
Austrian Pinscher puppy build a strong relationship with the farmers and their family. When properly socialized it is very friendly to others, including strangers.
Training and education
Due to their high intelligence puppies of this breed are trained relatively easily and quickly learn new commands. Typical for them is the strong concentration, which makes the education a really quick process.
The average life expectancy of the Austrian Pinscher is between 12 and 14 years. Typical diseases of the breed are the heart problems.
Purebred puppies for sale are hard to find outside Austria. But even if you find the one, always request to see the parents and their certificates.
Grooming and care
This is an active dog who loves to run free. It is therefore not the best choice for growing it in the apartment. However, it is a tolerable option, but you need to give the dog the opportunity to spend its energy outside. Running and ball games are the best choices.
Their short coat is maintained very easily. However, it is necessary to comb periodically to clean. Can bathe when necessary.
Children and other pets
The Austrian Pinscher behaves well with children and other pets if raised with them. Remember that the dog will instinctively chase rodents and other small animals, so if you have such pets, you should introduce them to the puppy. Nevertheless, do not leave them unattended.
If it receives the required dose of exercise this dog can be a great pet.
Quite often the Austrian Pinschers were present in the paintings of the 18th century, which represented the rural life, which is pretty normal as they were really important part of it.