[dahks-hoont, -hoond, -uhnd, daks-, dash-]
one of a German breed of dogs having short legs, a long body and ears, and a usually tan or black-and-tan coat.

1840–50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog

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dachshund (ˈdæksˌhʊnd, German ˈdakshʊnt)
a long-bodied short-legged breed of dog
[C19: from German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog, hound1]

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Word Origin & History

1881, from Ger. Dachshund, from Dachs, from common I.E. word for "badger" (cf. L. taxus, taxo) + Hund "dog." Probably so called because the dogs were used in badger hunts, their long, thin bodies bred to burrow into setts.
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Example sentences for dachshunds
They have a particularly loud bark, making dachshunds good watchdogs.
If left alone many dachshunds will whine until they have companionship.
Dachshunds are famous for their peculiar size, body, and face.
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