Paintings exist from the 18th century that show dogs almost identical to today’s Austrian Pinscher. They are likely descended from these dogs and were developed as an all-purpose farm dog, used for driving and guarding of livestock, and also as rat catchers. Select breeding did not begin until 1921, when these dogs were still plentiful in Austria, and they were first recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1928. Having never gained popularity outside of farm life, today the Austrian Pinscher is becoming an increasingly rare breed, even in its homeland.
Austrian Pinscher Description
It is a medium-sized dog with the short body, cobby, brawny. The head has conical shape with a short snout and strong. The eyes are round, big and have dark colour. The ears has the proper size and are folded along the head. The neck is short and strong. The tail is quite short and carried turned backwards or can be cut short and carried upped. The fur has a short hair, brawny, well adhered to the body, yellow coloured in different shades, brown-striped.
This breed can actually be a bit high strung if they are not giving the workload they are used to and bred for. These dogs find comfort in guarding livestock and helping around the farm. These dog was bred to be on the farmlands and is an attentive protector with a loud and rough bark, making him not so suited for urban and suburban areas, they are better off in a rural town. They can be calm and adoring to their masters and family, but they need to be socialized with other animals or else they might attack and hurt them severely. Since they feel as though they are the leader of their house, proper training must undergo so their master takes the top slot.
Austrian Pinscher Lifespan
About 12-14 years
Austrian Pinscher Health
While the Austrian Pinscher is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: elbow dysplasia, likeliness to develop cancer, primary lens luxation – dislocation of the lens, progressive retinal atrophy, entropian – folding inward of the eye lid, ectropian-folding outward of the eye lid, obesity, and bloat.
Austrian Pinscher Care
Austrian Pinschers are easy to take care of – all that is needed to keep the coat in good condition is to brush if from time to time to remove any loose and dead hairs.