(Osterreichischer Kurzhaarpinscher) Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers are working dogs with well-proportioned, agile bodies. Their chests are broad and well-developed, and their elbows are comparatively close to their bodies. They have well-arched toes and a tail that is either docked or curled over the back. Their pear-shaped heads feature a short, prominent muzzle. Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers have a double coat that consists of a short, hard topcoat and undercoat. Possible coat colors include red, brown, fawn, brindle, black/tan, and black. White markings may or may not be present.
Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers are a breed of farm dog that is accustomed to having a job to do. They are utilized to guard livestock and as guard dogs for the home. While they are somewhat high strung, they are usually calm around people they know. They love sports and are happiest in places where they can utilize their instinctive talents. They are courageous and alert to their surroundings, and they will bark if they suspect a threat. Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers aren’t suited for urban settings, and they are sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. Because they take their guarding duties so seriously, they may have a propensity to bite.
Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers have a hereditary heart condition and they are prone to HD. They typically live for 12 to 14 years.
They are prone to epilepsy at a very early age.
Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers are heavier than their cousins the German Pinschers. They are a traditional farm dog that was developed as a “farm biter”, or a dog that drives livestock. They were also utilized as guard dogs. Artwork from the late 1700’s depicts a dog that is almost identical to the contemporary Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher.
Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers require very little grooming or maintenance. Brushing occasionally with a firm bristle brush is all that is necessary.
Austrian Shorthaired Pinschers need plenty of exercise. They are capable of exercising themselves if they live on a farm. Austrian Pinschers are happiest on a farm, but they will be content with a large yard. They are not suitable for a small household or apartment.
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