The dachshund (UK: DAKS-huund, -?ənd, -?huunt or US: DAHKS-huunt, -?huund, -?ənt; German: "badger dog"), also known as the wiener dog, badger dog, and sausage dog, is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed. The dog may be smooth-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired.
The standard-sized dachshund was developed to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. The miniature dachshund was bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits.
According to the American Kennel Club, the dachshund was ranked 12th in popularity among dog breeds in the United States in 2018.