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More likely that the tall hat is to keep all the long hair in. I think that in earlier times it was fashionable for men (and women) to have long hair.


Thesaurus.com has an article on the name. Their explanation is that the long sausages got compared to dachshunds. With time, people started calling them "dogs" instead of "dachshunds". They don't list a source for the information, but I hope that, being language experts, they have fact-checked it.

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