dachs·​hund ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt How to pronounce dachshund (audio) -ˌhu̇nd How to pronounce dachshund (audio)
 especially British  ˈdak-sənd
: any of a breed of long-bodied, short-legged dogs of German origin that occur in short-haired, long-haired, and wirehaired varieties

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Recent Examples on the Web Then came dachshunds, bulldogs, beagles, Rottweilers and German shorthaired pointers. CBS News, 20 Mar. 2024 The 17-year-old dachshund died two days before Christmas. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 18 Jan. 2024 The most beloved vineyard worker isn’t a diver or a wine hand, but a hard hair dachshund named Baba. Zenger News, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Every so often, labradoodles, cocker spaniels, retrievers, dachshunds and their owners trotted by the aperture of the shack’s open door. Susan Dominus, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Miniature dachshunds, for instance, which are both small and long-nosed, had a median lifespan of 14 years, compared to just 9.8 years for French bulldogs, which are medium-sized dogs with flat noses. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 That’s up there with Shiba Inus (14.6), papillons (14.5), miniature dachshunds and Italian greyhounds (14). Amanda Schupak, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Those with dachshunds and other short-legged breeds found the cone was too close to the ground and limited their pet’s movements. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 In addition to his professional accomplishments, Rothman was a watch collector, food connoisseur, devoted family man and a lover of dogs, especially his dachshund of 18 years, Bubu, and his grand-dog Champ. Brent Lang, Variety, 29 Dec. 2023

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Word History


German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dachshund was in 1878

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“Dachshund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dachshund. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of a breed of dogs of German origin with a long body, very short legs, and long drooping ears

from German Dachshund "dachshund," literally, "badger dog," from Dachs "badger" and Hund dog

Word Origin
The dachshund is a dog with short legs and a long history. The breed was developed in Germany more than a thousand years ago to hunt burrowing animals such as badgers. With its short legs and long, powerful body, the dachshund could follow a badger right down into its hole. It could even fight with the badger underground. The German name for the breed was dachshund, a compound of dachs, meaning "badger," and hund, "dog." This German name was borrowed directly into English.

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