Origin: Austria

Use: Guard- and companion dog

Classification FCI: Group 2 (Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossian, Swiss Cattle m fl)

Section 1.1 (Pinscher)

Without Working Trial

History: The Austrian Pinscher comes from the old Austrian “Landpinscher” that even in the latter half of the 19th century was widely used as a hardy and versatile farm dog. A planned purebreds of the breed was started in 1921. And October 16, 1928 it was acknowledged by the Austrian Kennel Club as Österreichischer Kurzhaariger Pinscher. Teh breed name was in 2000 changed to Österreichischer Pinscher.

General appearance: Compact, strongly built, medium size dog with a cheerful and alert expression;

Proportions: The relation between height and length of body is as 9 to 10.

The ratio between muzzle and skull is as 4 to 6.


Temper: Stable being, lively, alert, playful, very affectionate and friendly to familiar people. Towards strangers, it’s a suspicious and incorruptible watchdog. It’s hunting instinct is only slightly developed.

Head: Pear-shaped, harmonious fit body

Cranial zone: Broad and rounded with distinct groove and furrow in the forehead.

Skull: Distinctly marked zygomatic arches and the powerful chewing muscles.

Stop: Distinctly

Nose: Black

Muzzle: Strong, straight

Lips: Tight and close fitting, pigmented

Teeth: Strong, complete scissor bite

Eyes: Large eyeballs with round eye-opening. Fitting lids with dark pigment

Ears: Button ear (drop ears), small, set on high

Neck: Medium length, strong


Withers: Clearly defined

Back: Short, broad, straight, tight

Loins: Short and wide

Croup: Long and wide

Chest: Deep, long and wide, barrel vaulted with good chest. Chest muscles are strong and tight.

Underline: Slightly tucked up

Tail: Set high, strong and of medium length. Close hairy.

Limbs: With strong bone building

Forequarters: Well muscled, straight front legs, broad front

Shoulders: Long and sloping shoulder blade

Upper arm: Oblique

Forearm: Medium length, straight

Carpal joint: Strong

Pastern: Short, moderately sloping

Hindquarters: Well angulated

Thighs: Broad

Thigh: Moderately long

Hocks: Strong

Hock: Short

Feet: Well-knit with strong nails

Movement: Ground covering, fluid and harmonic movement

Skin: Tight


Hair: Dense double coat. The outer coat is short to medium length, dense, smooth and close fitting. The undercoat is dense and short. There is light “pants” on the buttocks.

Color: golden russet (semmelgelb), brownish yellow, stag, black with tan markings. White markings: Chest Plate, on muzzle, neck and throat, neck, feet and tail tip. Lack of white markings is not a fault.

Size: Height:
Males 44-50 cm
Bitches 42-50 cm

Any difference from the foregoing points should be considered a fault which, when judging, must be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on the dog’s health and welfare.

Eliminating faults:

  • Aggressive or shy dogs
  • Any dog ​​showing physical or mental abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Undershot or overshot

Note: Male animals should have two normal testicles in the scrotum.

Only functional and clinically healthy dogs with breed typical character should be used for breeding.

Danish Kennel Club’s remark:

Factors that affect a dog’s health negatively, it is a serious mistake

The standard published by the FCI 5 MAJ 2003

The translation approved by the DKK Standard Committee

March 2015