The southern German town of Passau has a new star attraction: The world’s very first museum dedicated to the dachshund (also known as the sausage dog, wiener dog or weenie dog).
Since it opened last April – to the joy of dog owners all over Germany – the two men behind the project say they’ve been getting a lot of calls and letters.
People want to know when they can visit, whether they can bring their dogs, and whether the organisers need any extra dachshund-related display items.
“It’s just unbelievable,” says Joseph Kueblbeck, who opened the museum with Oliver Storz.
“Our lives have been completely changed. People are sending us dachshund paraphernalia. Often, the mail is just addressed to our names at ‘Dachshund Museum Passau’, with no postal code or address. It still gets here,” says Kueblbeck.
About 2,000 exhibit items can be found at the Dackelmuseum Passau, focused on curiosities and facts about the breed. The dachshund is showcased both as a hunting dog and a family pet.
There are also exhibits touching on how it is a symbol of Bavarian charm. There are toy dachshunds, plush dachshunds, dachshund-themed Christmas ornaments and even dachshunds as Olympic mascots.
Jan Schuerings runs the Deutschen Teckelclub 1888, a club for dachshund enthusiasts in the western city of Duisburg. Unlike Kueblbeck, he’s not shocked by all the fuss. After the German Shepherd, the dachshund is the country’s second most popular breed.
“It’s just a great family pet. And a lot of people just love the fact that this breed has a mind of its own.” On top of that, the breed is still in demand for hunting.
Sausage dog fandom can even be felt in the capital Berlin, where pet owners regularly meet in a dachshund-themed bar in the trendy district of Neukoelln.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm, except for Fridays. And, to answer the earlier question: Not only can you bring your dachshund, but dachshunds get in for free. – dpa