In German, Docks means “badger,” and Hand means “hound”, and Dachshund literally means “badger dog”.
When hunting badgers was a common sport, Dachshunds were used to ferret them out of holes.
The dogs are small and low to the ground, with a strong digging ability.
The Dachshund, by the way, is one of the oldest dog breeds around.
Records indicate the ancient Egyptians favored them for their hunting ability and loyalty.
The miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits, and they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs in the American West.