Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

Other names: Österreichischer Pinscher, Austrian Pinscher

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The Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is a medium sized dog with a stocky appearance, robust build and giving an impression of liveliness and alertness. The gait of the Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is characterized by very ample, easy and harmonious movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin Austria
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 12 kg to 18 kg From 42 cm to 48 cm
Male From 12 kg to 18 kg From 44 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The ancestor of the Austrian shorthair pinscher is the country pinscher of old Austria, which farmers particularly appreciated for its versatility and ease of maintenance . The first truly structured breeding began in the early 1920s and the breed was recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club in 1928. The official name of Austrian Pinscher was adopted in 2000, replacing the name Austrian Pinscher in short haired.

This breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on September 4, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on March 25, 2003.

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Physical features

Its coat: short, dense and double, the outer coat, smooth and lying, being associated with an undercoat.
Its color: yellow-brown, red, golden wheat or black marked with tan, with or without white markings on the chest, muzzle, neck, throat, nape, feet and tip of the tail.
His head: pear-shaped, in harmony with the rest of the body. The skull is rather broad and rounded, the frontal furrow and depression marked, the zygomatic arches also well marked, the jaws strong and the stop marked. The nose is black, the muzzle strong, the muzzle straight, the lips firm and tight.
His ears: small, high set and semi erect.
His eyes: rather large and of dark pigmentation, displaying a particularly alert and lively gaze.
His body: solid and harmonious. The neck is moderately long and powerful, the withers well extended, the back short and firm, the loins short and wide, the croup long and broad, the chest long, well let down and muscular, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: high set and of medium length.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is a guard and companion dog . He has a firm and attentive temperament , while being playful and showing attachment to his master and his family. In the presence of strangers, he naturally becomes suspicious and distant. An excellent guardian and pleasant companion for the whole family, the Austrian Shorthair Pinscher does not, however, have the soul of a hunter.

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The education of the Austrian Shorthair Pinscher requires patience and gentleness , with a minimum of firmness . The goal is to establish a relationship of trust between him and his master, while showing him the behavioral limits not to be exceeded. The use of any form of brutality is to be excluded from its training. Conversely, positive reinforcement methods, based on rewards and encouragement, work well in this intelligent and active dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher adapts to all lifestyles, however preferring fireplaces that provide him with a large fenced outdoor space .


Ease of gaining weight

The Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is a strong, sturdy and resilient dog . He does not fear much health, but there is a predisposition to a few rare diseases mainly dermatological, including calluses (thick skin patches developing at the points of support).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for an Austrian Shorthair Pinscher dog .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is a very easy to care dog , which requires only basic care to be performed on a regular basis.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . During moulting, brushing becomes more frequent to remove dead hair and allow her coat and skin to air out. Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of an Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of an Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Austrian Shorthair Pinscher is an active dog and therefore cannot be satisfied with short outings. One to 2 long daily walks are necessary to allow him to be stimulated and to fight boredom, a factor of various behavioral disorders.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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