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, or 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 mice. In the Western United States, they have also been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs.
Dachshunds participate in conformation shows, field trials and many other events organized through pure-bred dog organizations such as the American Kennel Club(AKC). According to the AKC, the dachshund is ranked 12th in popularity among dog breeds in the United States in 2018.
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