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The Dachshund (dox-hund) is a short-legged, elongated dog breed of the hound family. The real name is German which literally means badger dog. The dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and hunt badgers and other hole-dwelling animals. Due to its elongated, narrow built, the dachshund is sometimes referred to as a hot dog or a sausage dog.


The dachshund is a very clownish breed and can be very mischievous at times. It is a loyal, playful fun dog, known for its propensity to chase small animals and birds with great determination and ferocity. A very intuitive dog, the dachshund is now most commonly seen as a companion rather than a hunter. Many dachshunds are extremely stubborn, making them difficult to train. According to the American Kennel Club's breed standards, "the Dachshund is clever, lively and courageous (though can become jealous and be very irritable) to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below ground work, with all the senses well-developed. This breed does not do well with smaller children, but can do very well with older and more considerate children. The dachshund is an all around friendly dog, very outgoing, and is sure to steal the hearts of everyone he meets. Its temperament and body language gives the impression that he either do not know, or care, about his relatively small and comical stature. Individuals which are indulged may become snappy.

An ideal dachshund is obviously low to ground, long in body and short of leg with robust muscular development, the skin is elastic and pliable without excessive wrinkling. Appearing neither crippled, awkward, nor cramped in his capacity for movement, the Dachshund is well-balanced with bold and confident head carriage and intelligent, alert facial expression. The dachshund's hunting spirit, good nose, loud tongue and distinctive build make him well-suited for below-ground work and for beating the bush. His keen nose gives him an advantage over most other breeds for trailing.

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Some have theorized that the early roots of the Dachshund go back to Ancient Egypt, where engravings were made featuring short-legged hunting dogs. But in its modern incarnation, the Dachshund is a creation of European breeders, and includes elements of German, French, and English hounds and terriers. Dachshunds have been kept by royal courts all over Europe , including that of Queen Victoria, who was particularly enamored of the breed.

The first verifiable references to the Dachshund, originally named the "Tachs Kriecher" (badger crawler) or "Tachs Krieger" (badger catcher), come from books written in the early 1700s. Prior to that, their exist references to "badger dogs" and "hole dogs", but these likely refer to purposes rather than to specific breeds. The original German Dachshunds were larger than the modern full-size variety, weighing between 30 and 40 lb (14 to 18 kg), and originally came in straight-legged and crook-legged varieties, (the modern Dachshund is descended from the latter). Though the breed is famous for its use in exterminating badgers and badger-baiting, Dachshunds were also commonly used for rabbit and fox hunting, for locating wounded deer, and in packs were known to hunt game as large as wild boar and as fierce as the wolverine.

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