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5 Reasons the Dachshund is a Hot Dog

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"Dachshund" is this breed's official moniker, but these small dogs are just as likely to be called doxies, badger hounds or weenies. With one glance at the dachshund's short legs and long body, it's clear these nicknames aren't really a stretch of the imagination.

Dachshunds first gained popularity in 17th century Germany as fearless hunters that tunneled into burrows to fight badgers. (Dachshund means "badger dog" in German.) By the time the dachshund was introduced to America in the 1800s, these elongated dogs were prized as mild-mannered pets, too.

Although the dachshund is now more lap dog than working warrior, interest in the breed hasn't waivered. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), in 2011 dachshunds were the eighth most popular dog in the United States. Perfectly proportioned for the lap life, these dogs generally weigh only 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.6 kilograms) but still have the courageous heart of a hunter -- and are known to valiantly slay the occasional squeak toy.

Whatever we call the dachshund, one thing's for certain: These hot dogs are haute. So which celebrities consider the doxie arm candy? Find out on the next page.

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