April 17, 2018 A new museum dedicated to Dachshunds just opened in the Bavarian city of Passau. It is filled […]
April 17, 2018
A new museum dedicated to Dachshunds just opened in the Bavarian city of Passau.
It is filled with more than 4500 different items celebrating the breed, including toys, artistic prints, puppets, and more.
The curators say it is the world’s biggest collection of dachshund-themed objects.
The museum’s co-founders, Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, are two former German florists who reportedly amassed their collection over a span of 25 years.
When they finally collected enough items, they gave up their day jobs to dedicate their lives to the museum.
Their two dachshunds, Seppi and Moni, are the only live dachshunds on display, The Times reported.
“The world needs a sausage dog museum… No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog,” said co-founder Seppi Küblbeck.
“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.”
Küblbeck and Storz are not the only fans of the dog breed – artist Pablo Picasso, physicist Albert Einstein, actor Marlon Brando, and former US president John F. Kennedy are noted famous fans.
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.