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Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinschers are more powerful than their German cousins. They are also much rarer and the population is mostly concentrated in Austria.

About the Austrian Pinscher

Austrian Pinschers are assertive and attentive, lively and playful dogs that are especially devoted and friendly to people they know. Distrustful of strangers and incorruptible as guard dogs, they have little in the way of a hunting instinct, as their main task has been protecting people and property for a very long time.

The breed has always been used to herd livestock, although they also perform guard duties with great energy and poise. Austrian Pinschers are stocky, medium-sized dogs. While clearly conforming to the Pinscher type, they differ from their German cousins when it comes to hair, coat colour and proportions.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Austria
Group
FCI Group 2
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Resilient / Intelligent / Loyal / Quiet / Even-tempered / Assertive / Lively / Alert / Playful / Friendly

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Patient with children and other animals
  • Requires minimal grooming

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