Zinneke Pis, the peeing dog statue of Brusselsm is a companion piece to the famed Manneken Pis.

Brussels’ Peeing Boy Statue Has a Urinating Canine Friend

Brussels’ Peeing Boy Statue Has a Urinating Canine Friend

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May 14 2015 12:58 PM

Brussels’ Zinneke Pis Statue Is a Canine Complement to the Famous Manneken Pis

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Brussels' Manneken Pis statue is one of the most famous sculptural icons in the entire world. Recreations of the famed urinating baby can be found in gardens and fountains all over the world. Apparently, the appeal of a naked little boy draining the snake can not be underestimated.

Lesser known, however, is that the Manneken Pis not only has a female counterpart, Jeanneke Pis, but also a dog known as Zinneke Pis, who is forever lifting his leg onto a Brussels street pole. Zinneke Pis was installed in the center of Brussels, on the corner of Rue des Chartreux and Rue de Vieux-Marche, in 1998, centuries after his symbolic master was installed in the city in 1619. Like the little boy and the little girl, the pup was created life-size, but unlike its masters, the Zinneke Pis is not actually a pissing fountain, it is simply a bronze statue. Nonetheless, the metal canine is just as cute, looking a little guilty as he lets loose on the street corner.


The creator of the dog also lives in the neighborhood, and he modeled it after his own pet, which can still be seen occasionally wandering the area. It is not known how often the real dog pees in the street, but it can be well assumed that it is not as often as the eternally micturating Zinneke Pis.

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