American Canine Association


Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher


Bred for the sole purpose of herding livestock back home prior to the 1700's, the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher has been around for hundreds of years. Today this breed is a bit of a rare breed, but still much appreciated.


Males and females are considered a medium sized breed, generally measuring 15-20 inches in height and weigh 27-40 pounds in weight. This breed has a double layer short coat available in brown, red, black, brindle and tan, with or without white markings. When not docked, their tail should be curled upwards and resting on top of their back. Their round eyes are generally brown to black in color. Both ears are quite large, somewhere between triangular and rectangular in shape and should be folded along side of their face.


This breed is recommended for homes with older children or adults only. This breed is not meant for everyone. The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher requires much daily physical and mental activity. This breed is NOT suited for apartment or development living conditions. This breed requires acres to roam and work on. The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is a herding and farm dog who needs a job to do every single day. Early obedience training and boundaries set within the home are highly recommended. This breed requires an owner who is patient and can establish pack leader status within the home. Positive reinforcement training methods are the only methods we recommend.


Daily brushing and bathing when needed. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

This breed is not meant for everyone. Please fully educate yourself prior to adding the Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher to your home to ensure this is the proper breed for you. Do not add this this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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