Austrian Pinscher
Austria FCI 64 - Pinscher.

Austrian Pinscher 1

Self-confident, lively, attentive, playful, especially attached



The Austrian Pinscher descends from old Austrian Landpinscher, who was still widespread in the second half of the 19th century as a frugal and versatile farm dog. In 1921 a pure breeding plan was started. Against him German pinscher, seems wider, more robust and more primitive. Emil Hauck became familiar with this type of dog during his travels in the early 20th century and worked for the recognition of the breed by the ÖKV and the FCI. The 16 in October of 1928, this breed was recognized as Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher by ÖKV. In the year 2000 the breed name was changed to Austrian Pinscher.

However, according to the breeders association, the number of dogs decreased in the decade of 1970 so much so that only one stud dog remained, Diocles of Angers. Starting from this, the breed was preserved using “Landpinschers”. The “Landpinschers” are still used in breeding. The “Landpinschers” are dogs that correspond to the Austrian Pinscher in terms of phenotype and are relatively stable in terms of breeding, without being specifically bred as pedigree dogs in the sense of modern dog breeding.

Physical characteristics

It is a medium to small size dog. The eyes are large, with the dark iris. Ears are normally "V" shaped, but there are also buttons, semi-fallen or straight. Breeders try to fix as much as possible a "V" ear that, otherwise, it is already the most common. The tail is implanted high, the dog the coiled cam, frequently on the back, and it's short and thick. Can also be shortened.

  • Hair: short, straight and with undercoat. Remember the smooth-haired fox terrier.
  • Color: the most frequent are wheat yellow, brown yellow, Griffon, fawn red and black with fiery spots. Almost always with large white spots on the chest, snout, throat, neck, nape, extremities and tip of tail. The specimens with the mottled coat, completely black or white and fire are not desirable.
  • Size: 35 - 50 cm., more frequently in tone to the 40 cm..

Character and skills

It is a vigorous little dog, bold, temperamental and very resistant. It is a great surveillance dog; on the other hand, not spread as a companion dog, among other things because it is very barking. However, medium-small dogs do not meet the demands of someone who wants a dog for the apartment (always as small as possible), nor those who want a watchdog (preferably medium-large size), and for this reason the spread of the breed is very limited.


He has good hunting attitudes.

Images "Austrian Pinscher"

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
  • Section 1.1: Pinscher. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Pinscher and Schanuezer dogs. Molossian type Dogs and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. . Section 1.1 Pinscher type.
    • UKC – Terriers

    FCI breed standard "Austrian Pinscher"


    Alternative names:

      1. Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher (English).
      2. Oesterreichisher Kurzhaariger Pinscher (French).
      3. Österreichischer Pinscher (German).
      4. Österreichischer Pinscher (Portuguese).
      5. Pinscher austriaco de pelo corto (Spanish).


    1 – Pinczer_austriaco at the World Dog Show in Poznań by chained / CC BY-SA
    2 – Austrian Pinscher at the World Dog Show in Poznań by chained / CC BY-SA
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    5 – Austrian Pinscher at the World Dog Show in Poznań by chained / CC BY-SA

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