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Austrian Pinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher)
By the standard of the US, this medium sized dog speaks strongly of a Terrier type ancestry. With its black/tan (or some variation) markings and button ears, it is very reminiscent of the Miniature Pinscher, Manchester Terrier and Doberman Pinscher (both of whom it is unlikely he is directly related to).  Nonetheless, the bright attitude and alert expression will speak to many who adore the Terrier.
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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 19-22 inches
Weight: 25-35 pounds Longevity: mid teens
Colors: Virtually any shade of gold, red, brown or black with tan/gold markings, white acceptable Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI, Austrian Kennel Club (AKC)
Overall Appearance: Compact and somewhat stocky with charming button ears and bright expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: good in general
  with Children: supervision is required, this dog will not tolerate being mistreated
  with other pets: should be supervised, as all terriers bred to kill vermin this dog may not view your pet as a companion
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high, independently minded they will not question if they decide to be suspicious
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the characteristic terrier personality.
Temperament Notes: Alert, expressive and entertaining.
Training requirement: moderate; socialization and basic manners.
Trainer notes: Keeping it interesting and making it into a game that the Austrian Pinscher enjoys is the only realistic way to hope to train them.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Early 1900s as the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher, changed to Austrian Pinscher in 2000.
Country of Origin: Austria
Original Function: Vermin killer
History: Popular farm dogs of the Austrian countryside contributed to the breed as we know it today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes:
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Austrian Pinschers?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you plan to keep a pup from this litter?
  • How would you describe the ideal Austrian Pinscher?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you use in selecting breeding stock?
  • How would you describe the ideal Austrian Pinscher home?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Have you ever had a puppy returned?
Web Sites: With minimal interest in this breed in the US there is no organization or association offering basic guidance like a code of ethics or rescue program.  Anyone interested in procuring a representative of this breed needs to be warned then that it would be far to simple to fabricate a dog's lineage and overall quality.
Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard of the Austrian Kennel Club as per FCI

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