Dachshund Bobblehead History: Google’s Dachshund Bobblehead Doodle Goes Viral
The history of the dachshund bobblehead is honored by Google on the search engine’s homepage on September 30.
According to the company’s blog post on the doodle, the accessory debuted in Germany as a car accessory during the 1970s. While the dog itself was first referenced in Johanna Freidrich von Flemming’s book, The Complete German Hunter. The dogs were originally bred to help on badger hunts.
In Germany, the dachshund bobblehead is known as “Wackeldackel” which means “wobbling dachshund”. The Google blog continues: “Pretty dogs can soon be found on the rear panel of traditional German notchback cars, nodding every bend and bump in the road.”
David Lu, the Google engineer behind the Doodle, said that the bobblehead was intrigued because “The Wackeldackel is not only a celebration of an iconic German dog breed, it is also an example of German mechanics.” Lu also said that the inspiration for the doodle was “the whole of German culture”.
The National Dachshund Museum opened in 2018 in the city of Passau, in the Bavaria region of Germany, 120 miles east of Munich. “No other dog looks as world famous as the dachshund,” he says on the museum’s website.
Reuters reported that the museum sold “dog-shaped bread” in 2018. Josef Küblbeck, one of the founders of the museum, told Reuters: “We wanted to give this dog a home where people could come and share their joy. The sausage dog, with its so-called sausage dog appearance, conquers the hearts of many people, so its popularity is growing. ”
Diane Daniel of the Washington Post mentioned in her review of the museum that she bought a pink hot dog bobblehead from the museum’s gift shop.
National Bobblehead Day is celebrated on January 7th, according to NationalToday.com. The day was first celebrated in 2015. Today, the page on which bobbleheads were first recorded in Southeast Asia in the 17th century continues today. Typical bobbleheads of the time were modeled after Buddha. In the 1760s, bobbleheads were exported to Europe.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opened in February 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to the museum’s website, this is the only bobblehead museum in the world. The museum contains the three-meter bobbleheads of NBA superstars Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Deutsche Welle, German gas station chain Aral featured the dachshund bobblehead in one of their advertising campaigns in the 1990s, resulting in 500,000 accessories being sold in less than a year.
In the same report, he added that the word “Wackeldackel” is commonly used in Germany to describe a person who regularly agrees with his superiors and “nods with duty to everything the boss says”.
The official mascot of the 1972 Munich Olympics was a dachshund named Waldi. A 2010 Time Magazine feature on the history of the Olympic mascot details Waldi as the first official mascot designed for games. The mascot is modeled after a dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof. The article states that the mascot “was never conceived as a terrifying version on the human scale.”