During Oktoberfest the Dachshund races are held every Sunday starting September 13th from 3-4pm and continuing through November 1st. We'll also have our Winter Wonderland Dog Race Classic on December 6th then we're done for the year.
Dachshund racing became popular following a 1993 Miller Lite commercial that highlighted odd sports, and it’s grown in popularity since then. Check out the video below.
The Wiener Dog Races are always one of the most popular attractions at Old World, and while the races are usually held once a month, during Oktoberfest you’ll enjoy the ‘Running of the Wieners’ every Sunday between 3-4pm.
The races were started by Inga McKellop, owner of ‘Paws at the Mill’, a specialty Dachshund retail store in Old World village.
Placed into one of four weight classes, the Dachshunds run a 22-yard course with their owners at the finish line, luring their dogs to run toward them with colorful toys, food, cheers and the occasional begging. In the early days the races were run through the village streets, and the dogs chased a skunk-scented piece of fur tied to a line being pulled by a car battery and motor.
As they grew in popularity they were moved to the outside patio and beer garden within Old World, where the straight course allowed a better experience for everyone.
The Dachshund was originally bred to hunt badgers. The miniature dachshund weighs in at 11 pounds or less at maturity, while a standard dachshund weighs in at 16-32 pounds. Both dachshund sizes come in three coat types - smooth, long-haired, and wirehaired.
The filming went on for more than 11 hours, following a week of filming at Old World. The filming included more than 60 dogs racing and pictures of dogs (and their owners) for various cut away shots in the movie. There were cool merchandise giveaways, scripts etc. It was a great day for Wiener Dogs. Look for the release of Wiener Dog Internationals - The Movie around March of 2015. Here are some great pictures from the filming on that day
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