The Austrian pinscher is a prehistoric race. During excavations of 4000 years old pole towns by the Mond- and Eighteen Lake in Austria dog skulls have been found which to the smallest detail are identical to the Austrian Pinscher we know today.
This type of dog was common throughout Europe in the past and it’s undoubtedly the ancestor of today Pinschers and Schnauzers. This Pinscher has remained unchanged in Austria.
It was the Austrian professor of dog science Dr. Emil Hauck, who discovered the Austrian Pinscher and realized that this “peasant dog” possessed some very valuable characteristics, which were worth future preserving.
He started a systematic breeding and a Vienna exhibition in 1928 displayed 57 Austrian Pinschers. In 1928 the breed was recognized by the Austrian Breeding Club ØKV and in 1929 by FCI.
Unfortunately, they lost interest in these dogs through the sixties and seventies and in 1975 there were only a few pieces back; but fortunately one managed to save the breed. Today there are breeds in Austria, Holland, Belgium, Germany and particularly in Denmark, where the breed through the last 10 years has been in notable progress.