View Poll Results: How I pronounce "dachshund"
German way: "DAHKS-hoont" 92 45.10%
English way: "DASH-und" 21 10.29%
WEE-ner-dog 15 7.35%
Other 76 37.25%
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:34 AM
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How do you pronounce "dachshund"?

A few people on this board have mentioned that they have pet dachshunds, which lead me to thinking about the pronunciation of the word.

How do you pronounce the word "dachshund"?

(Both dachshund owners and non-dachshund owners are welcome to reply to the thread and the poll.)

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:37 AM
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A combination: DAKS-und. I didn't make this up, this is how people around here say it. I live in New York.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:38 AM
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Other: Gerglish DAHKS-und.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:40 AM
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A combination: DAKS-und. I didn't make this up, this is how people around here say it. I live in New York.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:41 AM
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Same here. Can't say I've ever heard anyone pronounce it DASH-und.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:44 AM
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Yup, DAHKS-und. That's how pretty much everyone in the U.S. says it, as far as I know.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:45 AM
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Daks-hund over here as well. Hoont and Dash would get you weird looks. Actually, it's more of a daks-ind than anything.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:51 AM
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For those of you saying DAKS instead of DAHKS -- rhymes with back instead of lock?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:52 AM
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Same here. Can't say I've ever heard anyone pronounce it DASH-und.
Pretty common in the UK. That's how I say it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:56 AM
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Chalk another one up for Dahks-und. That's the only way I've ever heard it pronounced, actually.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:00 PM
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A combination: DAKS-und.
This. Around here, DAKS rhymes with DOX: I've heard a lot of owners refer to their dachshunds as "Doxies."
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I've always pronounced it "DASH-und." Maybe it's the Canadian way?
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Multiple dachshund owner. The told me to tell you "dock-sund".

We're in America, after all.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:06 PM
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I've never heard "DASH-und." I live in an area with a lot of Anglicized Germans. We say "DOKS-ənd" or "DAhKh-sənd." Like the rest of America apparently.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:20 PM
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Yup, DAHKS-und. That's how pretty much everyone in the U.S. says it, as far as I know.
Same here.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:23 PM
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Docks-hund.

I've heard Dash-hound way too often, and it makes me cringe every time.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:58 PM
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Docksoonndh. The 'n' makes the final vowel a sort of mix between "uh" and "oo" and softens the final 'd'. I've heard it almost every way mentioned here, but never with a hard "t" at the end.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:00 PM
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WEE-ner dawg.




OK, DOX-hoont.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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For those of you saying DAKS instead of DAHKS -- rhymes with back instead of lock?
No, I should have said DAHKS.
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Like tdn and romadea.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:12 PM
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Dox-hund.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:16 PM
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No, I should have said DAHKS.
I say "daxund," [a] as in "back" and [u] as the [oo] in "good." If someone around me says "Dash-" anything, though, my pronunciation changes to "Dahx-hoont," AKA German-style but with an unfortunately obvious American accent, because I hate the way people see a "CH" near an "S" and automatically go "SH" whether it's correct or not.

Yes, my bruschetta trauma carries over to dachshunds.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:17 PM
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This. Around here, DAKS rhymes with DOX: I've heard a lot of owners refer to their dachshunds as "Doxies."
Yup, same here. DOX-hund

DASH-und is just... weird. Don't think I have ever heard that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:19 PM
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Dahks-und

I know someone who calls the dash-hounds. It's so weird.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:27 PM
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Another vote for "dock-sund".

I met a girl who pronounces it DASH hound. And she talked about her DASH hounds A LOT. Because she seemed to be very into the breed - may have been an actual breeder; I don't recall- I didn't question her about the pronunciation and just assumed it was the proper way, but it sure sounded pretentious.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:27 PM
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Other: Gerglish DAHKS-und.
This.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:36 PM
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I've always pronounced it "DASH-und." Maybe it's the Canadian way?
I'm Canadian and I used to pronounce it like that, but that could be a coincidence. I've since switched to the pronunciation other people are mentioning (dox-und).
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:46 PM
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Other: The American pronunciation: [ˈdɑksənd]
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:49 PM
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Dot-sun
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:50 PM
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Other: The American pronunciation: [ˈdɑksənd]
Yep. This is what I say. I certainly don't say it the German way (which sounds weird dropped in the middle of an American English sentence) and it's not with a "sh" sound, either. I might sometimes say it with an /ae/, but I'm pretty sure most of the time it's "docks-und."

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:05 PM
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Hbns is closest to how I say it. Dock Sun. No "D" sound at the end.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:11 PM
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Dubya Dee.

If I'm going formal, "dox-und", like the majority of other US folks.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:13 PM
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Dot-sun
Me too
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:21 PM
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Dot-sun
Silly, that's the name of a car.
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Silly, that's the name of a car.
Wait. That was a serious answer? Some people call them "Datsuns"?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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10% serious, yes.
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Yup, DAHKS-und. That's how pretty much everyone in the U.S. says it, as far as I know.
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Wait. That was a serious answer? Some people call them "Datsuns"?
I did. When I was five.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:40 PM
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I pronounce it "DOCKS hoond".

Side note: According to my Frankfurt friend who owns two, the Germans usually call 'em Dackel(n) instead.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:07 PM
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Dot-sun
Nissan!

Um, dox-hund, anyway. You know, for the dog breed. Think they're cute as buttons.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:10 PM
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Other.

I'm not consistent, doing, depending on when I say it, an approximation of the German (dahks hund), a slightly different version of the English than you've transcribed above (dash hund), a bastardized combo of both (dax hund), or a lazy version of the German (dahks un).

Ranking them in likelihood that I will say them...

Dahks un
Dash hund
Dahks hund
Dax hund.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:12 PM
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I've always pronounced it "DASH-und." Maybe it's the Canadian way?
Could be, that's how I pronounce it. All though there's also a slight "h" sound in there too, like Dash-hund.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:23 PM
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I own an infernal, stubborn wiener dog. I've never ever heard anyone pronounce DASH-hund.

Normally I say DOX-un because I'm Southern and we drop the last letter off everything. If people ask me what kind of dogs I have I say a Weenie and a Collie.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:33 PM
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Other: Gerglish DAHKS-und.
I guess my pronunciation is somewhere between the official German (as per the poll) and this.

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Pretty common in the UK. That's how I say it.
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I've always pronounced it "DASH-und." Maybe it's the Canadian way?
Whoah, seriously? "Dash"? That's bizarre.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:33 PM
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Yup, DAHKS-und. That's how pretty much everyone in the U.S. says it, as far as I know.
Woman at work: "...dash hound..."

gigi:

Woman at work: "You know, a weiner dog?"

gigi:


For me, it's docks-hoont.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:40 PM
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Yup, DAHKS-und. That's how pretty much everyone in the U.S. says it, as far as I know.
Concur.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:44 PM
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Pretty common in the UK. That's how I say it.
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I've always pronounced it "DASH-und." Maybe it's the Canadian way?
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Could be, that's how I pronounce it. All though there's also a slight "h" sound in there too, like Dash-hund.
I think we're onto something.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:55 PM
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DOCKS-und. If I called them Docks-hoont I'd have to put the little jackboots on them, and that's too much trouble. Especially since they're not my dogs.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:01 PM
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Know why the cowboy got a dachshund?




He wanted to get a long little doggie.


I tend to say dox-und, pretending that there isn't really an 'h' there at all.

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:30 PM
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I don't hear many people say it REALLY German, but a sorta German, "dockshund," is the preferred method. I'm Canadian, btw, southern Ontario.

"Dash hound" is disgraceful.

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