Dachshund (Ger. badger dog), a breed of dogs introduced into England by Prince Albert about 1850. They are allied to the Turnspit (q.v.), but have the points of that breed exaggerated, and the fore-limbs are bent outwards at the wrist. The body is long, the legs short, with strong paws well fitted for digging, and the head with its long-drooping ears is not unlike that of a bloodhound pup. The favourite colours are black and tan, and brown.