Austrian dog breeds are some of the most versatile, active and fun-loving in the world. The most well-known breed is the Austrian Pinscher, a lively, energetic and playful medium-sized breed developed in the country since the 19th century. Austria is also home to the versatile Wiener Dog, a small, robust breed once bred to hunt small game and vermin. Other Austrian breeds include the Bracco Italiano, a versatile hunting hound, and the Kooikerhondje, an active and friendly spaniel-type breed. All Austrian breeds are known for their intelligence, obedience and loyal nature.