Austrian Pinscher

FCI standard Nº 64

Origin
Austria
Translation
Elke Peper
Group
Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid breeds- Swiss Mountain- and Cattle Dogs
Section
Section 1.1 Pinscher
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Saturday 04 September 1954
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 25 March 2003
Last update
Monday 05 May 2003
En français, cette race se dit
Pinscher autrichien
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Österreichischer Pinscher
En español, esta raza se dice
Pinscher austriaco
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Oostenrijkse Pinscher

Usage

Watch- and companion dog.

Brief historical summary

The Austrian Pinscher descends from the ancient Austrian country pinschers that were widespread still in the second half of the 19th century, being modest, versatile farm dogs. In 1921 the systematic pure breeding of this breed began. On Oct. 16th, 1928, the breed was recognized by the Austrian Kennel Club (Österreichischer Kynologenverband) as Österreichischer kurzhaariger Pinscher (Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher). In the year 2000 the breed was renamed Österreichischer Pinscher (Austrian Pinscher).

General appearance

Stocky dog of medium size with lively and bright expression.

Important proportions

The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 9 to 10.
The ratio of length of muzzle to length of skull is 4 to 6.

Behaviour / temperament

Assertive, lively, alert, playful and especially devoted and friendly dealing with people familiar to him. Towards strangers he is suspicious and an incorruptible guard. His hunting instinct is only slightly developed.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Pear-shaped; in harmonious proportion to the body.
Skull
Broad and rounded with pronounced frontal furrow and groove. Distinctly developed zygomatic arches, strong masticatory muscles. 
Stop
Well marked.

Facial region

Nose
Black.
Muzzle
Strong, nasal bridge straight.
Lips
Tight, smooth, well fitting, with dark pigmentation.
Jaws and teeth
Strong, complete scissor bite.
Eyes
Large eyeball in round palpebral aperture, eyerims close-fitting with dark pigmentation.
Ears
Button ear (folded ear), small, set on high.

Neck

Strong, of medium length.

Body

Withers
Well defined.
Back
Short, broad, straight, tight.
Loin
Short and broad.
Croup
Long and broad.
Chest
Long, deep, broad, barrel-shaped; well developed forechest. The muscles of the chest are strong and tight.
Underline and belly
Belly slightly tucked up.

Tail

High set, strong, of medium length and densely covered with hair.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Strong bone. Well muscled, straight legs, broad front.
Shoulders
Shoulder blade long, well laid-back.
Upper arm
Obliquely set.
Forearm
Of medium length, straight.
Carpal
Strong.
Pastern
Short, moderately sloping.

Hindquarters

Generality
Strong bone. Well angulated.
Upper thigh
Broad.
Lower thigh
Of medium length.
Metatarsus
Short.
Hock
Strong.

Feet

Close-knit with strong nails.

Gait and movement

Flowing and harmonious movement covering a lot of ground.

Skin

Tight fitting.

Coat

Hair
Thick double coat. The outer coat is short to medium-long, thick, smooth and close-lying. The undercoat is thick and short, buttocks slightly trousered.
Colour
Russet gold (semmelgelb), brownish yellow, stag-red, black with tan-coloured markings. White markings: chest patch, muzzle, neck, throat, nape, feet and tip of tail. Lack of white markings is not a fault.

Size and weight

Height at withers
42 – 50 cm. (Males 44 – 50 cm, bitches 42 – 48 cm).

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.
 Undershot, overshot.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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