There’s A Museum Dedicated To Sausage Dogs And It’s Amazing
A new museum in a town in Germany has opened to celebrate all things Dachshund.
Although there are already lots of museums dedicated to dogs, the Dackelmuseum is the first ever in the world focused solely on the Dachshund.
The exhibition has been set up in Passau, Bavaria, by former florists Josef Küblbeck and Oliver Storz, who have been collecting Dachshund memorabilia for more than 20 years.
Seppi Küblbeck told Euro News: "We have been collecting many different pieces ourselves for 25 years, and last year in autumn we bought the entire collection of a Belgian collector.
"We have around 2,000 pieces on show at the moment in the museum and at home we also have the same amount. Currently we have the world's largest collection, with 4,000 pieces, all about the Dachshund."
Their two Dachshunds, Seppi and Moni, are the only live exhibits, but you'll also find canine stamps, prints with sausage dog motifs and porcelain dachshunds on display.
There are more than 4,500 toys, and other items showcase the breed popularity, which is a symbol of Bavaria.
A nearby bakery is selling dachshund chocolates and a local restaurant offers dachshund pizza with a rich topping of sausages.
Josef Küblbeck told The Times: "Dachshunds are sly, comfortable, sociable, quick, intelligent, tenacious, affectionate, loyal, loving and devoted."
Germans bred Dachshunds in the Middle Ages to flush out badgers and foxes from their burrows, to stop them attacking their ducks and hens. The dogs' passion for hunting was a highly prized trait and a dachshund called Waldi was the mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Dachshund fans have included Albert Einstein, Napoleon (who had his dogs buried with him), Pablo Picasso and former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Sausage dog lovers all over the world know where to book their next holiday to then!
Featured Image Credit: PA Images/Dackelmuseum