One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dog of a very short-legged, long-bodied breed.
- ‘The dachshunds, terriers and poodles of the world have waged a high-tech war against the Siamese, Persian and tabbies.’
- ‘To find models, she posted a request on Craigslist for fit, well-behaved and well-groomed dachshunds, a strategy that provided mixed results.’
- ‘The ISPCA received more than 3,000 calls to its National Animal Helpline from the public anxious to house the 110 dachshunds rescued in that raid.’
- ‘He glanced down toward the end of the bed, where Scottie, his miniature dachshund was sound asleep.’
- ‘He shares his house with two dachshunds, one of which is seeing a chiropractor for some back problems he's developed.’
- ‘Though he lives alone with his dachshund, it appears that he has an engaged existence, enjoying frequent contact with and occasional visitors from the city.’
- ‘Many sources suggest early breeders incorporated dachshunds and Italian greyhounds into their breeding programs.’
- ‘‘Excuse me, young man, would you put your dog on a lead,’ I recently suggested to a traveller, whose snarling lurcher was baring its fangs at my dachshund.’
- ‘We spent an entire rainy Saturday afternoon playing gin rummy at the house of my brother with the two children and three dachshunds.’
- ‘Our intrepid troopers had put down a 20-inch super rat, described as ‘vicious as a fighting dog and as big as a dachshund.’’
- ‘The second defendant has said that there are 18 dogs on the premises including five adult shepherd dogs, one poodle and the rest are adult dachshunds.’
- ‘And now I am off to Crete, hoping that our house-sitters will cherish my goldfish, giant African landsnail and sea-monkeys (the dachshunds are at the in-laws).’
- ‘No memorial has yet been planned, but in tribute to the designer's love of dachshunds, any donations should be made to the Animal Medical Centre in New York.’
- ‘Therefore, Kressant and Carolina, both 14-year-old young ladies, took Sparky, our twelve-pound dachshund, up the pier to the dog walk.’
- ‘If variety isn't the answer, then the key to the dachshund's popularity must be stature, for the dachshund is a small dog only in size.’
- ‘Pekinese, bearded collies, dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers were among the 260 dogs seized at a single house in Lancashire last month.’
- ‘The first official Olympic mascot dates back to the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich with Waldi the dachshund, a popular Bavarian dog.’
- ‘One of his four dogs, the long-haired dachshund, jumped up in my lap and we had a prolonged session of ear scratching.’
- ‘I have eight identical canvas tote bags printed with a portrait of Flossie, my dachshund.’
- ‘These days, specially trained dogs - usually dachshunds - do the dirty work.’
Late 19th century: from German, literally ‘badger dog’ (the breed being originally used to dig badgers out of their setts).
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