The pop-up Dachshund Café at Yard & Coop on Edge Street in Manchester, UK, was a resounding success after 200 weiner dogs showed up to mix and mingle with their owners in the Northern Quarter.
The menu for these four-legged revelers included pupcakes, dognuts, jammy dogdgers, bark-scotti, and pupuccinos. The owners, meanwhile, enjoyed the restaurant’s buttermilk fried chicken, cakes, and coffee.
More than 650 people and 200 dachshunds attended the pooch party, which included locals interested in finding out more about the breed. The event was organized by the Pug Café team, which has planned other parties for pug owners and their pups in Manchester.
Prior to the event, Anushka Fernando, owner of the Pug Café, said, “Our Pug Café events have been hugely popular within the pug community and now we are spreading the joy to sausage dogs. Our first Dachshund Cafés in Surrey and Nottingham were a huge success so we’re very excited to bring it to Manchester where we know there is a huge dachshund community. Manchester is a dog-loving city, and we cannot wait to be back in the Northern Quarter.”
Dachshunds were originally raised to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while miniature dachshunds were bred to hunt smaller prey, such as rabbits. In the United States, they have been used to track wounded deer and hunt prairie dogs. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), dachshunds are ranked in 13th place in popularity amongst dog breeds in the United States.
After a visit to Glasgow, the Dachshund Café is expected to be back in Manchester later this year, perhaps for a Halloween party.
According to the Pug Café website, “The Dachshund Café is a strict booking-only event and you will need a confirmed booking to attend. We do not allow walk-ins. The event is organized into a 70-minute time slot that starts at 9am, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm. There is a booking fee per person – Dachshund Owners £6 each (2 people charged at this rate per 1 dog, additional guests £8) and Dachshund Lovers are £10 each. We ask you to try to keep your party size to 2 people per dog but we can cater for families and groups of up to four and five.”