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Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

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Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher

The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is a medium-sized terrier originally bred in Austria. They have a pear-shaped head and a short and powerful muzzle. The nose is normally black and the eyes are large and dark. The ears are rose or v-shaped. They may be held erect or semi-erect. This breed has a wide and well-developed chest and a medium-length neck. The legs are straight and the elbows are fairly close to the body. The body is thickset. The tail is set high and is typically carried curved over the back; however, it may be docked. The most common coat colors are yellow, golden brown, fawn, reddish-brown, black, black and tan, brindle and there are almost always large white markings on the throat, chest, legs and head.

Temperament The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher (ASP) is cheerful, kind and very open to training. They are spirited, hardy and active. This breed was developed as a farm dog. It can be a tad high strung, but is usually relaxed with its family. This breed is most content in a country setting and where it can put its instinctive abilities to work. They love sports and will be happy to join in any activity that you choose. This fearless and attentive watch dog is very vocal. They normally get along well with other dogs. Because they take their guarding duties very seriously, they may have the tendency to bite. The ASP has the typical terrier instinct which drives him to chase rabbits and foxes. They are fearless against predators, enthusiastically goes to ground and is an alert and noisy alarm dog.
Height, Weight Height: 14-20" ; Weight: 26-40 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to hip dysplasia and certain hereditary heart conditions.
Living Conditions The Austrian Pinscher would do best on a farm; however, a large yard will do.
Exercise The ASP will supply all of its own exercise needs if it lives on a farm. If a farm or large yard is not available, take this breed on a long daily walk, a bike ride or other agility activities.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming Occasional brushing is recommended. Bathe only when necessary.
Origin The Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher is heavier than its cousin the German Pinscher. This breed was developed as a general "farm biter", used to drive livestock as well as guard the home.
Group Terrier