Dog Races, Food, Beer and Good Times

The Wiener Dog Races are always one of the most popular attractions at Old World...

Unfortunately, this year's dog races are CANCELLED due to Covid-19. We miss our little racing friends and hope to be up and running soon.

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL OKTOBEFEST CELEBRATION.
This year's Oktoberfest is modified to a new casual dining experience in our 10,000+ sq. ft. spacious - and doggy friendly - Outdoor Patio & Biergarten. Enjoy our beautiful open air patio with greenery, umbrellas, Oktoberfest style benches and more.
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2020 Dog Races Schedule @OldWorldHB VIEW DOG RACES CALENDAR

Date Festival Dog Races
MAR 15 Irish Fest -- CANCELLED

3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

APR 5 Dachshund & All Small Breeds -- CANCELLED 3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

MAY 31 Dachshund Wild Wiener Round-up and RESCUE REUNION -- CANCELLED

1pm - 3:30pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED
JUN 28 Dachshund Rescue of LA Fundraiser -- CANCELLED

1pm - 3:30pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

JUL 12 German Heritage Day -- CANCELLED

3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED
AUG 23 Plum Fest at Old World Biergarten
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3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED
SEP
Octoberfest
Festival modified to dining at our Outdoor Patio & Biergarten - More info coming soon!
3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

OCT
Octoberfest
Festival modified to dining at our Outdoor Patio & Biergarten - More info coming soon!
3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

NOV 1 Happy Hallowiener Doggy Dress Up & Races and Kids Costume Day -- CANCELLED
3pm - 4pm Dog Race -- CANCELLED

NOV 15 Dachshund Wiener Dog Races 3pm - 4pm
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Spectator Ticket sold at Wiener Dog Store:
$5 adults, $3 kids 4yrs-12yrs, FREE for 3yrs & under
DEC 6 Winter Wiener Wonderland DRLA Fundraiser
Festival from 12pm - 4pm
1pm - 3:30pm
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Spectator Ticket sold at Wiener Dog Store:
$5 adults, $3 kids 4yrs-12yrs, FREE for 3yrs & under

Register Your Dog To Race at Old World

Pre-registration by phone to secure a space is highly recommended as space is limited.

The Wiener Dog Races are hosted by the Wiener Dog Store at Old World HB.
If you have a Dachshund or Small Breed (under 25lbs.) you'd like to enter in a race, call Inge McKellop at the Wiener Dog Store at (714) 402-7327.

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How To Register Your Dog:

  • Pre-registrater by phone to secure a space and then go to the Wiener Dog Store #38 to pay the $10 Dog Race Registration Fee (CASH-ONLY)
  • You can purchase Spectator Tickets (CASH-ONLY) at The Wiener Dog Store.
    • Spectator Adult: $5
    • Spectator Kids (4yr - 12yr): $3
    • Kids 3 yr & under: FREE

On Race Day:

  • On the day of the race, guests racing their dogs are encouraged to come early!
  • Check in at The Wiener Dog Store 1hr. BEFORE race time.
  • If you have already registered your dog at the Wiener Dog Store and have your Admission Tickets, then proceed to the Festival Hall Patio entrance (located to the right of Old World German Restaurant entrance.)
  • If you have not registered your dog, then you MUST first go to the Wiener Dog Store.
    Read How To Register Your Dog.
  • All doxies and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

The History of Dachshund Wiener Dog Races at Old World

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.

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 3pm - 4pm.

The races were started by Inge 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.

Dachshund Races by the Numbers

  • 1993 - Miller Lite Commercial Highlighted Sport
  • 22 Yards - Length of the Course
  • 11 lbs - Weight of a miniature dachshund
  • 20 lbs - Average weight of a standard Dachshund
  • $220,000 - Money raised for charity by Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

If you have a Dachshund you'd like enter in a race, call Inge McKellop at (714) 402-7327

Video Gallery

Baby Luv at Oldworld Dachshund Races

Dachshund Races

Wiener Dog Nationals - The Movie

Kevan Peterson, writer, producer and director of the original 'Wiener Dog Nationals - The Movie' recently filmed the sequel, 'Wiener Dog Internationals' at Old World. It was a great event with more than 300 people crowding the race track custom built for the filming. Races, Photos, Action!!!

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

Wiener Dog Races International is Filming the Dachshund Races at Old World Village
Wiener Dog Racing Photos 2013
Wiener Dog Racing Photos 2012
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