The Austrian Pinscher developed in the 19th century in Austria by combining German Pinscher with local farm dog is a multipurpose working native dog. The local people accepted this race in no time, but it could not get popular outside Austria and again it went into the background after World War 2. Nowadays, only a small group are alive with most of them living in Austria.
|Facts About Austrian Pinscher|
|Breed Type||Companion dog, livestock guardian, farm dog, terrier|
|Country of Origin||Austria|
|Other Names||Osterreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher, Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher|
|Height||Female: 17-19 inches
Male: 17-20 inches
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||UKC, FCI, ACA, ACR, APRI, DRA|
|Colour||Black & Tan, Brownish-yellow, Stag Red, Russet|
|Life Expectancy||12-14 years|
|Coat||Short, double, thick, smooth|
Temperament and Personality
The dog is healthy, assertive and an extremely active one with the ability to stay focused during their duty as a guard. They bark immediately if they watch any stranger or listen to some suspicious noise. During their pup stage, they need to learn to socialize to make them stay indoors. They can become pleasant companions as they are fond of the owner, family members and even with children. If trained well, they can be good with other pets also.
If the breed is living on a farm, then they have plenty of space and time to go for a walk, but if it stays indoors they should go for a regular walk or jogging sessions. They are even compatible with bike rides or playing fly ball.
The Pinscher sheds a lot and they need brushing daily or at least 4 to 5 times a week. These dogs are smelly and dirty so they require bathing as and when required but too much of bathing can damage their natural oil pores. To remove bacteria from the mouth, brushing should be regularly followed by clipping of nails.
Apparently, this breed does not have significant health issues other than hip joint dislocation and a heart problem is a hereditary trait.
Training the dog is not a primary concern, but it requires a strong person to guide and control. Interacting sessions are necessary to avoid them being possessive and socialize with everybody. As they are amongst the intelligent group of dog, they catch up quickly and put effort to be obedient.
The breed should be fed with 2½ to 3 cups of high-quality dry food twice a day.