: a small dog of German origin with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears
Word History of DACHSHUND
Several centuries ago, the Germans developed a dog with short legs and a long body. These dogs were used to hunt burrowing animals such as badgers. Because of their shape, the dogs could follow a badger right down its hole. The Germans gave these dogs the name Dachshund, a compound word formed from Dachs, “badger,” and Hund, “dog.” The English word dachshund came from this German name.