This Museum Dedicated to Dachshunds Just Opened in Germany (Video)
The world can be a pretty polarizing place, but if there’s one thing we can all universally agree on it’s that dachshunds — yes, weiner dogs — are amazing and totally deserve their own museum.
Luckily for all of us, Germany was happy to oblige and made all of our hot dog dreams come true.
This week, the new Dackelmuseum (or dachshund museum) opened its doors in the Bavarian city of Passau. Inside, the BBC reported, it’s filled with 4,500 different items celebrating the breed, including toys, icons, canine stamps, artistic prints with sausage dogs as the main character, handmade puppets, and more.
“The world needs a sausage dog museum,” Josef Küblbeck, the museum’s cofounder, told the BBC. “No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog.”
Küblbeck told The Times that he and his partner, Oliver Storz, have been collecting dachshund memorabilia for the last two decades in anticipation of opening the museum. When they finally collected enough items, they gave up their day jobs to dedicate their lives to this. Their two dachshunds, Seppi and Moni, are the only live dachshunds on display, The Times reported.
“We wanted to give this dog a home where people can come and share their joy,” Kueblbeck told Reuters. “Its popularity is increasing because the sausage dog, with its so-called sausage dog look, has conquered the hearts of many people.”
It should come as no surprise that the Germans want to celebrate the breed. According to the BBC, Germans started breeding dachshunds way back in the Middle Ages to “flush out badgers and foxes from their burrows, to stop them attacking ducks and hens.” The breed’s passion for hunting became a highly prized trait. It’s no wonder that the Germans have the saying: When the dachshund looks in the mirror, he sees a lion.