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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Each layer reacts to progressively more abstract features, allowing the final layer to distinguish, say, terrier from dachshund.
Alexandra Mikos, a travel agent for Paul Klein Travel, has been bringing Rudi, her 4-year-old miniature pinscher-dachshund mix, to work with her regularly since the building began allowing it.
Small breeds such as dachshunds, poodles and Chihuahuas are primarily at risk, but Chuck is a cavalier King Charles spaniel, a breed that typically develops the disease earlier in life than other small dogs.
At one point, the family realized their two small dogs — Toby, a long-haired dachshund, and Fauna, a chihuahua-terrier mix — had been left in the side yard, almost directly below the colony.
A cartoonist attending the game couldn't spell dachshund, and as a result, is credited with coming up with the term hot dog.
Senior dachshund found: Madonna Lane, 3500 block, Bowie, May 29.
No, it’s Rocco the dog, who had to be rescued by firefighters when the small dachshund got stuck inside a tree trunk.
After trying to determine the source of the yelps, the officers discovered Rocco, a dachshund, stuck in a tree trunk.
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Origin and Etymology of dachshund
German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog
First Known Use: 1878See Words from the same year
DACHSHUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dachshund for English Language Learners
: a small type of dog that has a long body, very short legs, and long ears
DACHSHUND Defined for Kids
Definition of dachshund for Students
: a small dog of German origin with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears
History for 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.
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