any of a breed of small dog with a long body, short legs, and drooping ears, of three varieties — smooth (or short-haired), long-haired, and wire-haired
Origin of dachshundGerman from dachs, badger (prob. from Indo-European base an unverified form tegu-, thick) + hund, dog: see hound
A dog of a small breed developed in Germany for hunting badgers, having a long body, a brown or black-and-brown coat, drooping ears, and very short legs. Dachshunds are bred in long-haired, smooth-coat, wire-haired, and miniature varieties, sometimes considered separate breeds.
Origin of dachshundGerman Dachs badger ( from Middle High German dahs ) ( from Old High German; see teks- in Indo-European roots.) Hund dog ( from Middle High German hunt ) ( from Old High German; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.)
German Dachs (“badger”) + Hund (“dog”)