Dog Races, Food, Beer and Good Times

Sept. 8 thru Oct. 27, 2019

The Wiener Dog Race is a part of Oktoberfest!

When: Every Sunday from 3pm - 4pm during Oktoberfest
Where: Old World Beer Garden
Admission to Oktoberfest on Sundays & to watch the races:

Oktoberfest general admission tickets are sold at-the-door (Cash-Only) OR you can buy Fast Pass tickets sold online.Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents. No exceptions.


Want to enter your dog in a race? Click here for details

During Oktoberfest the Dog Races are held every Sunday from 3pm-4pm starting September 8 thru October 27, 2019.

Don't miss our Halloween celebration on October 27th, 2019, when we hold our Doggy Dress Up & Kid Costume Party to celebrate Halloweiner.



Bring your four legged friends to Oktoberfest on Sundays!

On Sundays, dogs 25lbs and under, are welcome to the Oktoberfest beer garden and village area. Why leave them home when your four legged friends can join you in the Oktoberfest outdoor festivities!

Please note that no dogs are allowed inside the festival hall. All dogs must be on a leash at all times. Any recovered Service dogs are welcome.

Oktoberfest beer garden

Register Your Dog To Race at Old World

Pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited.

The Wiener Dog Races at Oktoberfest is hosted by the Wiener Dog Store and Old World.
If you have a Dachshund you'd like to enter in a race, call Inge McKellop at the Wiener Dog Store at (714) 402-7327.


How To Register Your Dog During Oktoberfest:

  • Go to the Wiener Dog Store #38 at Old World Village to register your dog, pay the Dog Race registration fee (cash-only), and receive TWO complimentary Fast Pass tickets to enter Oktoberfest.
    • SEPTEMBER 8 & 15
      All Small Breeds Under 25lbs:
      $20 registration fee (cash-only) A $40 value for only $20!
    • SEPTEMBER 22 & 29
      All Small Breeds Under 25lbs:
      $30 registration fee (cash-only) A $40 value for only $30!
    • OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 27
      Full Breed Dachsunds Only:
      $30 registration fee (cash-only) A $40 value for only $30!
  • Only TWO complimentary Fast Pass tickets per registration.
  • If you have additional family members with you and need additional Fast Pass tickets, you can also purchase Fast Pass tickets online.
    • Fast Pass Adult: $15
    • Fast Pass Kids (6yr - 12yr): $5
    • Kids 5 yr & under: FREE

On Race Day:

  • On the day of the race, guests racing their dogs are encouraged to come early!
  • Old World doors open at 1pm. Dog Races begin at 3pm. Check in at the Beer Garden 1hr. BEFORE race time.
  • If you have already registered your dog at the Wiener Dog Store and have your Fast Pass tickets, then stand in the Fast Pass Line to enter Oktoberfest and find your way to the Beer Garden to check in.
  • 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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