Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

Austrian Shorthaired Terrier, Austrian Pinscher

The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is a medium-size dog that is little known except in his native country. In Austria, he is appreciated for his many qualities, but due to his size, he is not very widespread. Most city dwellers prefer very small dogs for living in apartments, so his size is not suitable for everyone, especially since he tends to bark constantly. For others, who would like a guard dog, his size becomes too small to meet the demand. His spread is thus limited, as his average size greatly diminishes his beautiful qualities as life companion. The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is victim of his size, but he could still benefit from being better known, both at home and around the world.

Height 35 to 50 cm
Weight 12 to 18 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Austria

Quick Overview of the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher


  • Lively and resistant
  • Bold and vigorous
  • Always happy
  • Children's friend


  • Stocky and well-built
  • Very vigorous and energetic
  • Lively and alert gait
  • Attentive and on the lookout


  • Generally in very good health
  • No particular pathology
  • Very good life expectancy

Temperament of the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

Lively, hardy, bold, vigorous and constantly happy are all attributes of the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher.

However, this great friend of children remains rather distrustful of strangers. Endowed with a strong character, he sometimes does as he pleases.

This good and incorruptible guardian is faithful and intelligent. In spite of his size, he will stop at nothing to carry out his task as a guardian. He is not the most sociable towards other animals, but he can still adapt.

This canine specimen, affectionate and faithful, has many qualities to become a wonderful life companion.

He loves children and all their games. He is intelligent and always cheerful. He is very attached to all members of the family.

Breed Appearance

Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

This stocky, medium-size dog is well built, very vigorous and energetic.

His lively and alert gait leaves the impression of a dog that is attentive and constantly on the lookout.


Between 35 and 50 cm (13.78 to 19.69 inches) for the male
Between 35 and 50 cm (13.78 to 19.69 inches) for the female


Between 12 and 18 kg (26.46 to 39.68 pounds) for the male
Between 12 and 18 kg (26.46 to 39.68 pounds) for the female


His coat is generally in shades of yellow, red, black-brown, fawn and yellow-brown. White, spotted or black and tan coats are not really part of the breed standard.


His straight, short hair is rather smoother, with an undercoat. His coat is reminiscent of the Fox-Terrier.


His head has a rounded and rather broad skull. His large round eyes are dark color.

His ears are v-shaped and set high. His nose is black. His tail is carried curled and set high.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #64

Tips About this breed

This dog, despite his size, is not afraid of anything and will be an excellent guard dog.

He can live just about anywhere. He loves walks and outings. All situations are compatible with him.

As he can be stubborn and very distrustful of strangers, his education must be commensurate with his temperament.

It should be applied firmly but gently to not exacerbate his natural distrust of strangers.

His tendency to bark excessively must also be controlled early on, to avoid issues in the neighbourhood.

Because he is intelligent, his education does not generally pose any particular problems.

The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher will make an excellent dog for everyone. His size does not in any way reflect his powerful temperament and great strength of character.

Health of the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

He generally has an iron constitution and no particular pathology affects the breed. He is robust and has a good life expectancy.


His maintenance is limited to a daily brushing, without any other particular care. He is clean and easy to maintain.

History of this breed

The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is definitely native to Austria. However, no official documentation exists on his origins.

The Austrian Pinscher was very widespread during the 19th century, but selection of the breed began around 1921. It was only seven years later that the Austrian Kennel Club recognized him under his current name, the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher. He is known in his country of origin, but still very rare elsewhere in the world.

He is an excellent watchdog, but above all he is very much appreciated as a companion dog by the Austrians.

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