What's In A Name: Dachshund

The low-to-the-ground Doxie was developed in Germany in the early 17th century by crossing terriers (for their feistiness) and hounds (for their tracking abilities).  "Dachshund" means Badger Dog in German. 

Their traits were specifically bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. The Miniature Dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey like rabbits and have been used to hunt Prairie Dogs.  They are also commonly nicknamed Weiner Dog or Sausage Dog.

Source: Dr. Becker


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