AUSTRIAN PINSCHER (Österreichischer Pinscher)


FCI-Standard N° 64 /  05. 03. 2003   / GB


ORIGIN : Austria.


UTILIZATION : Watch- and companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :   Group   2      Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain- and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
                                               Section 1.1   Pinscher.
                                               Without working trial.


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BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Austrian Pinscher descends from the ancient Austrian country pinschers that were widespread still in the second half of the 19th century, being modest, versatile farm dogs. In 1921 the systematic pure breeding of this breed began. On Oct. 16th, 1928, the breed was recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club (Österreichischer Kynologenverband) as Österreichischer kurzhaariger Pinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher). In the year 2000 the breed was renamed Österreichischer Pinscher (Austrian Pinscher).

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Stocky dog of medium size with lively and bright expression.


  • The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 9 to 10.
  • The ratio of length of muzzle to length of skull is 4 to 6.

BEHAVIOUR / CHARACTER : Assertive, lively, alert, playful and especially devoted and friendly dealing with people familiar to him. Towards strangers he is suspicious and an incorruptible guard. His hunting instinct is only slightly developed.

HEAD : Pear-shaped; in harmonious proportion to the body.

CRANIAL REGION :  Broad and rounded with pronounced frontal furrow and groove.
Skull : Distinctly developed zygomatic arches, strong masticatory muscles.
Stop : Well marked.

Nose : Black.
Muzzle : Strong, nasal bridge straight.
Lips : Tight, smooth, well fitting, with dark pigmentation.                      
Jaws/Teeth : Strong, complete scissor bite.
Eyes : Large eyeball in round palpebral aperture, eyerims close-fitting with dark pigmentation.
Ears : Button ear (folded ear), small, set on high.

NECK : Strong, of medium length.

Withers :  Well defined.
Back : Short, broad, straight, tight.
Loin : Short and broad.
Croup :  Long and broad.
Chest : Long, deep, broad, barrel-shaped; well developed forechest.  The muscles of the chest are strong and tight.
Belly : Slightly tucked up.

TAIL : High set, strong, of medium length and densely covered with hair.

LIMBS : Strong bone.

FOREQUARTERS : Well muscled, straight legs, broad front.
Shoulders : Shoulder blade long, well laid-back.
Upper arm : Obliquely set.
Forearm : Of medium length, straight.

Carpal joint : Strong.
Pastern : Short, moderately sloping.

HINDQUARTERS : Well angulated.
Upper thigh : Broad.
Lower thigh : Of medium length.
Hock joint : Strong.
Metatarsus : Short.

FEET : Close-knit with strong nails.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Flowing and harmonious movement covering a lot of ground.

SKIN : Tight fitting.

HAIR : Thick double coat. The outer coat is short to medium-long, thick, smooth and close-lying. The undercoat is thick and short, buttocks slightly trousered.

COLOUR : Russet gold (semmelgelb), brownish yellow, stag-red, black with tan-coloured markings. White markings: chest patch, muzzle, neck, throat, nape, feet and tip of tail. Lack of white markings is not a fault.

Height at the withers :   42 – 50 cm. (Males:            44 – 50 cm),
                                                           (Bitches:          42 – 48 cm).

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.



  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Undershot, overshot.


Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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ORIGIN: Austria

The origin of this uncertain dog, even if with every probabilit has in the veins blood terrier, in fact it comes also called terrier Austrian, than it does not go for confused with terrier the German Zwergpinscher. that a small dog from company

Of medium ransom with a height comprised between 35 and i 50 cm and a weight comprised between the 12 and 18 kilograms.
The head must be to turned upside down pear, the large nose and has the orecchie to bat.
The strong and muscoloso body; devout seen thorax to botte and gives must give the impression to be wide that along.
The tail must be capacity rolled up on the back assuming the shape of the horn mails them (like specified from standard)
The hair: Short and very adherent; it introduces a discreet one sottopelo.
The colors are: Red red deer, clear, fulvo, black yellow focato, yellow clearly and tigrato nearly always with the presence of spots white women.

And an optimal dog from guard alarmist who does not hesitate in throwing itself to attack whichever living being invades its propriet, if carried to the open lancer within the lairs of the selvati ones to us engaging furious fights also with vixens and rates.
For its character devout adapted to the life in campaign rather than that one in apartment


Brave, likeable, alert, abbaiatore and in many cases mordacious with who it invades its propriet.

Dog much resistant one to the diseases even if held to the open.

it goes fed in complete way and without to exaggerate.
Pu living to the open on condition that a shelter equips (cuccia).
It goes at least once brushed to the week with a carder.