dachs·​hund | \ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt, -ˌhu̇nd;ˈdäk-sənt; especially British ˈdak-sənd \

Definition of dachshund 

: 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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Elaine Conoly, whose dachshund was killed by another dog present at her Rover sitter’s home, is a member of a Facebook group for former Rover users who say their pets were killed while in the startup’s care. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 By this rule, domesticated dogs are a single species — whether dachshund or Great Dane — but a donkey and a horse are not. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Defines A Species?," 17 Aug. 2018 Meet the odd couple of a Richmond, Virginia, animal shelter: a 12-year-old dachshund named O.J. and a 90-pound pit bull named Blue Dozer who resembles a bulldozer. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Blind 12-year-old dachshund, pit bull form inseparable bond," 17 May 2018 In top form, Trevor is a dashing black-and-brown dachshund with a long, slender body, stout little legs and droopy ears. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Dachshund blew up like a balloon, 'crackled like Bubble Wrap'," 1 June 2018 Here, her patients include a Doberman pinscher suffering from a gunshot wound, a tortoiseshell cat impaled by an arrow and a miniature dachshund seriously sick after eating a hot dog. New York Times, "Wild Animals Gallop, Swim and Scamper Their Way Through These Books," 25 May 2018 Dogs with shorter coats — Labs, dachshunds and others — still need regular baths, brushing and nail trims. USA TODAY, "Don't let puppy love blind you to the expense of having a dog," 22 June 2018 Yep, dachshunds dressed in fancy clothes, as cars, and, of course, as hot dogs! Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 reasons to take your kids to these 10 Milwaukee summer festivals," 6 June 2018 Using a custom-built, silent-shutter camera to avoid bothering the artist, Duncan captured Picasso painting, dancing in his underwear, jumping rope with his two young children and playing with Duncan’s dachshund, Lump. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Famed photojournalist David Douglas Duncan dies at 102," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of dachshund

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dachshund

German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog

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English Language Learners Definition of dachshund

: a small type of dog that has a long body, very short legs, and long ears


dachs·​hund | \ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt, ˈdäk-sənt\

Kids Definition of dachshund

: a small dog of German origin with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears

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