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Dachshund Facts and History

  • The dachshund (UK: /ˈdæksənd, -, -hʊnd, -hʊnt/ DAKS-ənd, DASH-, -⁠huund, -⁠huunt or US: /ˈdɑːkshʊnt, -sənt/ DAHKS-huunt, -⁠ənt; German: "badger dog"), also known as the wiener dog, badger dog, and sausage dog, is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed. They may be smooth, wire, or long-haired.

  • The standard-sized dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits and other smaller animals.

  • According to the American Kennel Club the dachshund was ranked 10th in popularity among dog breeds in the United States in 2020.

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