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Kurzhaariger Pinscher Breed Description

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Breed Organization

Federation Cynologique International (FCI)

Native Country

Other Names
Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher, Osterreichischer

Life Expectancy
Approximately 12-14 Years

Litter Size
No litter information available.

Breed Group

General Description

Like other farm dogs raised for work rather than for pets or show, the appearance can vary a great deal, although there is a definite breed standard. In general, the Austrian Pinscher is a normally proportioned strong and sturdy. The breed has button ears and a head described as being shaped like a pear. The double coat is short to medium long, in a variety of yellow, red or black and tan colors, usually with white markings on the face, chest, feet and tip of the tail. The long tail is held high, and dogs of this breed should look lively and alert. They are heavier, more rugged and rectangular in appearance than the German Pinscher.

Breed Standard

Head: Pear-shaped. Broad skull. Pronounced stop. Strong, short muzzle. Large nose. Lips smooth, lying close to jaws.
Ears: Rose or v-shaped. Held erect or semi-erect.
Eyes: Large. Dark color.
Body: Thickset. Powerful neck. Long, deep, barrel chest. Long, broad loin. Short, broad back and loin. Broad chest.
Tail: Set high. Typically carried curved over the back. May be docked.
Hair: Short, flat, straight, with undercoat.
Coat: Most common are yellow, golden brown, fawn, reddish-brown, black, black and tan, brindle, almost always with large white markings on the throat, forechest, legs and head (flare).
Size: 35 to 40 cm. 14-19.7 in).
Weight: 12 to 18 kg (26.5-40 lb).


The origins of this breed are not known. It is closely related to the Standard Pinscher, but the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher was raised to be a good farm dog rather than a pet. This breed is rare outside of its native Austria.


This spirited, hardy, active animal makes a remarkable guard dog. He is cheerful, kind and very open to training. His terrier instinct drives him to chase rabbits and foxes.

This breed needs space and plenty of exercise. Weekly brushing is sufficient.


Farm Dog, Guard Dog, Pet.


The Austrian Pinscher can suffer from HD and they do have a heart condition that is hereditary.

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