What's cuter than a weiner dog? If your answer is "absolutely nothing" then you might want to obtain a plane ticket to Germany - stat. Sources say that the "Dackelmuseum" (or Dachsund Museum), dedicated to celebrating all things weiner dog, just opened its doors this week. The museum is located in the Bavarian city of Passau and features 4,500 precious pieces of dachshund memorabilia such as handcrafted puppets, statues, paintings, toys, and more - all designed to melt the doxie-lover's heart.
Short-haired, long-haired, or wire-haired, this museum celebrates all three kinds of the lovable long-bodied dogs. Josef Küblbeck, the Dackelmuseum's co-founder and his longtime partner, Oliver Storz, are great appreciators and fans of the breed and have been steadily collecting valuable and unique pieces of dachshund-related items for two decades with the goal in mind to one day open a museum for all doxie fans to come and enjoy their collection as much as they do.
And finally, this week, their dream has been realized. “The world needs a sausage dog museum,” Josef Küblbeck told the BBC in an interview. “No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog.”
As you might expect, Küblbeck and Storz share their lives with Seppi and Moni, who are dachshunds and happen to be the only living dachshunds at the museum, which their human counterparts have given up their jobs to run.
“We wanted to give this dog a home where people can come and share their joy,” Küeblbeck told Reuters in an interview. “Its popularity is increasing because the sausage dog, with its so-called sausage dog look, has conquered the hearts of many people.”
In German, there is a well-known saying about the little dog. "When a dachshund looks in the mirror, he sees a lion." It is a testament to the dachshund's bravery and fierce loyalty. If you don't see yourself going to Germany anytime soon but feel inspired to let the doxie love into your own heart, why not check out your local dachshund rescue or shelter? Maybe one day, you will want to open the second Dackelmuseum.