Wiener Dog Races in the USA
(South & West Regions)

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Dachshund Racing (Wiener Dog Racing) is a popular sporting event found primarily in North America.

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Most dachshund races are 25 to 50 yards in length. Many race tracks and ice skating rinks host these racing events as fundraisers or public events, mainly for fun.

Here is a list of Dachshund Racing events that can be found throughout the United States (South Region and West Region).

Dachshund Racing in the United States:

South Region:

Tennessee
Texas
Florida
Georgia
Maryland
North Carolina
Washington DC
Virginia
West Virginia
Alabama
Kentucky
Arkansas
Louisiana
Oklahoma

West Region:

Arizona
Colorado
Montana
Oregon
Washington
New Mexico
Utah
Idaho
Wyoming
Alaska
Washington
California
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SOUTH REGION:

Tennessee:

Event: Knoxville Ice Bears Wiener Dog Race

Video: Knoxville Ice Bears Wiener Dog Race

Location: Knoxville, TN

Month:

Description:

The Knoxville Ice Bears hosted their first Wiener Dog Race of the season.

Tennessee:

Event: Germantown Festival: Running of the Weenies Race

Facebook Page: Running of the Weenies

Location:  Germantown, TN

Month: September

Description:

The Best Dressed Hot Dog Contest will be held prior to the Running of the Weenies. This event brings out the creativity of the owners and the costumes delight the crowd as the Weenies sporting butterfly wings, princess dresses and battle ship masts, parade their costumes for spectators and judges. This event is sponsored by the Germantown Animal Shelter.

Tennessee:

Event: East Tennessee Dachshund Races

Facebook Page: Search: East Tennessee Dachshund Races

Location:  Knoxville, TN

Month: August

Description:

We have circuit races throughout the country that makes The National Dachshund Races the KINGS of all race events.  Our goal is to STOP the poorly ran Dachshund Races that are held in areas of this country that unfortunately are geared for profit and not the safety of our fine companions!  Thank you for being a part of The National Dachshund Races and we look forward to seeing you at all of our events!

Tennessee:

Event: Nashville Oktoberfest: Von Elrod’s Dachshund Derby

Location:  Nashville, TN

Month: October

Description:

What’s an Oktoberfest without Wieners? Another family favorite at the Octoberfest is the annual Wiener Dog races! Officially known as the Dachshund Derby, this event pits adorable Dachshunds competing to the finish line down our 50 ft track.

Winning dogs in each racing category are awarded a Coveted Dachshund Derby medal.  The competition is fierce, and the Wiener take all!  But don’t worry, our official Vet will be on hand to make sure all our Oktoberfest Wieners receive the finest of care.

Texas:

Event: Krause’s Dachshund Races

Location:  New Braunfels, TX

Month: May

Description:

Let the Dachshund Races begin! Come see why this is one of our most popular events at Krause’s.  1st, 2nd & 3rd place will be invited back to participate in our October “Dasch for the Cash” where we will award prizes to the Speediest Weenie!

Texas:

Event: Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals- Amarillo Regionals

Facebook Page: Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

Location: Texas

Month: May, August

Description:

Amarillo’s fastest dachshunds will race to the finish line at The Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium for the Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals – Amarillo Regionals. These dashing dachshunds are competing to be crowned Amarillo’s Top Dog.

Florida:

Event: Wiener Dog Derby

Facebook Page: Florida Wiener Dog Derby

Location: Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Month: May

Description:

The Florida Wiener Dog Derby Event is Free Admission.  All Dachshunds of all ages can register for one of seven divisions. Divisional Champions will qualify for the Championship Final & the Florida Circuit Championship of the National Dachshund Race Circuit

Florida:

Event: Wuffstock Columbia County Doxie Derby

Facebook Page: Batavia Downs

Location: Wilson Park, Lake City, Florida

Month: February

Description:

Join us at the Doxie Derby, a fun filled family day you will absolutely enjoy! Hosted in beautiful Lake City, Florida at the conveniently located Columbia County Fairgrounds. Visit lots of Animal Rescue organizations and meet their adoptable pets, all waiting to find a forever home. Come to participate or just to watch.

Florida:

Event: Dachshund Wienerfest

Facebook Page: Dachshund Rescue South Florida

Location: TY Park , Hollywood, FL

Month: October

Description:

Join us for our Annual Winter Wienerfest and be a part of the action and fun!

 

Georgia:

Event: Georgia Dachshund Races

Facebook Page: Georgia Dachshund Races

Location: Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA

Month: June

Description:

The Georgia Dachshund races.  Enjoy the thrill of watching your Doxie participate in challenging other Doxies. We now include other dogs under 30 pounds! Please enjoy yourself at all the events and make sure you and your Doxie/dog stay safe!

Georgia:

Event: Oktoberfest Dachshund Races

Facebook Page: Oktoberfest Dachshund Races

Location: Savannah, GA

Month: October

Description:

Wiener Dog Races are back. If you think you have the fastest dog in Savannah, sign him up to race. It cost $25 per dog. The dog will receive a bandana and race number.  If your pup isn’t a pure wiener dog thats okay! He can participate in our Almost a Wiener Dog Compitition.

Maryland:

Event: Washington Metro DachtoberFest Foundation

Location: Frederick, MD

Month: October

Description:

A Dachshund’s Day Out filled with family fun! Dachshund Dash races, the Woofminster dog show, a renowned Dachshund Strut parade and costume contest, an informative veterinary forum and fantastic vendors.

Maryland:

Event: Pooch Palooza Dog Festival

Location:  Ocean City, MD

Month: April

Description: None

North Carolina:

Event: Wiener Dog Races

Facebook Page: Triangle Oktoberfest

Location:  Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, NC

Month: October

Description:

Check-in at the race arena located on the right side of the Crescent.  Dogs will run in heats until all registered competitors have raced.  The winners of the heats will race in the final heat.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers.  A Best Dressed Dachshund contest will be held after the final race of the day and Prizes will be awarded.

Washington DC:

Event: Annual Wiener 500

Location: Washington, DC

Month: September

Description:

Dogs will race in heats of up to 8 dogs each, with a championship race for the winners of each heat. First prize is $100, second place is $75 and third place is $50. Please note, due to high demand, the total number of dogs racing is capped at 96!

Virginia:

Event: Canine Carnival: Wiener Dog Race

Location: Williamsburg, VA

Month: October

Description: 

Calling all Wieners for our Wiener Dog Races!  Join us this October at the Canine Carnival happening at Waller Mill Park. Registration is limited so register your wiener today! There will be only three races (5 dogs each).

West Virginia:

Event: West Virginia Hotdog Festival  

Facebook Group:

Location:  Pullman Square, West Virginia

Month: July

Description: None

Alabama:

Event: Dachshund Races – Bark in the Park

Facebook Page: Bark in the Park

Location:  Veterans Dream Dog Park, Alabaster, Alabama

Month: October

Description:

Dachshund Races…All Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes welcome. Registration is on site from 9:00am-11:00. Races begin at 11:30am. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Alabama:

Event: Bark in the Park

Location: Alabaster, AL

Month: October

Description:

On the city of Alabaster Website, search Bark in the park to find the event.  Admission Price:  Annual Bark in the Park is Free. Tons of Fun for the whole family including your dog. Leash is Required.

Kentucky:

Event: Kentucky Dachshund Derby

Facebook Page: Kentucky Dachshund Derby

Location:  Charles Brooking Park, Georgetown, KY

Month: June

Description:

Come out to our Kentucky Dachshund Derby. Family Fun!! Bingo, Rust bucket Round up car show, and Vendors. Dachshund races and agility contest.  REGISTRATION ONLINE IS OPEN.
Dog costume contest, Trophies, and Silent Auction. Games for your dogs. Concessions. This is our annual fundraiser that raises money for our rescue. We help small dogs in need and specialize in Dachshunds.
Visit our Facebook pages.

Arkansas:

Event: Wiener Takes All, Wiener Dog Race

Facebook Page: Search: Bella Vista Animal Shelter , Events Page

Location:  Bella Vista, AR

Month: October

Description:

Join us for the Annual “Wiener Takes All” Arkansas State Championship Wiener Dog Races. Public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and their “Wiener Wannabe” dogs and watch the fun and excitement to see which Wiener will be the Grand Champion and the King and Queen of the Wieners!

Dogs are grouped by age, and we have up to 10 races including the Championship Race finale. Don’t miss the Dog Parade, before racing begins. Admission is FREE to the public, and lunches are available to purchase. Vendor booths to visit prior to racing. Looking to adopt? We’ll have dogs from the shelter available for adoption on the grounds as well.

Louisiana:

Event: Wiener Dog Races at Louisiana Downs

Facebook Page: Wiener Dog Races

Location: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs – Bossier City, Louisiana

Month: September, October

Description:

Join us for the famous Wiener Dog Races are in September at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs!

Louisiana:

Event: Wiener Dog Races

Facebook Page: Wiener Dog Races

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Month: March

Description:

Wiener dog races will be held between traditional Thoroughbred races throughout the day! The final race will be between race winners for the Wiener Dog Trophy!

Oklahoma:

Event: Oktoberfest Dachshund Dash

Facebook Page: Wisconsin Harley-Davidson

Location: Tulsa, OK

Month: October

Description:

Registration for the costume parade, race and combo is open. If you aren’t able to pre-register don’t howl in distress, visit the judge’s stand, located at the Oktoberfest Olympic German and Other Games Arena at the end of the Osage Hauptstrasse (Main Sidewalk) near Das Glockenspiel.

Oklahoma:

Event: Annual State Wiener Dog Racing Championships

Facebook Page: Cleveland County OK Fall Fair

Location:  Cleveland County OK Fall Fair,  OK

Month: September

Description:

Annual State Wiener Dog Racing Championships to be held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman, OK in September. Over $1,000.00 in cash awards and prizes to the top 10 winners. We will also be hosting the Annual Wiener Dress Review in the main arena right before the Finals of the dress review.

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WEST REGION:

Arizona:

Event: Wiener Mania

Facebook Page: Search: Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races

Video: Race Video

Location:  Turf Paradise, Phoenix AZ

Month:  March

Description:

Join AAGI for this fun family event. Open to all ages, with or without a dachshund. All proceeds go to support Arizona Adopt A Greyhound in their ongoing effort to find homes for retired racing greyhounds. Our friends from Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue partner with us to bring you this event and will be receiving a percentage of the proceeds. DACHSHUNDS ONLY – NO OTHER BREEDS ALLOWED ON SITE.

Arizona:

Event: Desert Wiener – Wild Wienie Run

Facebook Event Page: Wild Wienie Run

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Month: March

Description:

Join us for a day of horse races and the first ever “Wild Wienie Run” at Rillito Park Race Track! This is a spectacle which must be seen to be comprehended! Pure enjoyment guaranteed! These animals are set to bust loose your smiles! Bring your kids and enjoy your day!

Colorado:

Event: Oktoberfest: Long Dog Derby

Video: Wiener Dogs and Donuts

Location: Denver, CO

Month: September

Description:

Get your Wiener dogs ready to race! The Denver Oktoberfest proudly returns the Annual Long Dog Derby—the race that determines Denver’s fastest dachshunds! Date: September at The Denver Oktoberfest, the Long Dog Derby encourages all wiener dogs to participate regardless of age or size—we don’t discriminate against Wieners here. Awards will be given to champions in six categories. Don’t have a dachshund, don’t worry, your pooch pal can still compete in the Long Dog Derby Costume Contest or the Wiener Wanna-Be Race!

Colorado:

Event: Running of the Wieners Dachshund Race

Location: Loveland, CO

Month: May

Description:

Running of the Wieners is an fundraiser for FCCRSNC, which operates the only truly low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the area. Their mission is to be dedicated to the well-being of all cats and dogs in our community with emphasis on preventing pet overpopulation and on the sheltering and placement of surrendered or abandoned cats into loving, permanent homes.

Montana:

Event:  Wiener Dog Dash

Location: Missoula, Montana

Month: September

Description:

Dachshunds will compete in the tournament style event on a short course in one of three categories.  Depending on the number of entrants, the top finishers of each heat will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their category. It’s fun, competitive racing like you’ve never seen before!  Dozens of tiny wiener dogs racing for prizes and glory to round off the end of Pet Fest!  If you’ve never attended the Wiener Dog Dash, get ready to have your heart melt from the sheer cuteness of it all!

Oregon:

Event: Oktoberfest: Wiener Dog Races

Location: Mount Angel, Oregon

Month: September

Description:

Wiener Dog Races are a highlight of the Oktoberfest.  These fierce competitors go head-to-head or perhaps head-to-tail on Saturday and Sunday during the festival.  They line up in the starting box and tear down the race field at tremendous speed!

Oregon:

Event: Bend Oktoberfest’s Wiener Dog race

Location: Downtown Bend, Oregon

Month: September

Description:

The Wiener Dog race is one of Bend Oktoberfest’s most popular events.  This event is sponsored by Bend Veterinary Clinic.

Oregon:

Event: Firecracker Wiener Nationals

Location: Sea View City Park, Rockaway Beach, OR

Month: July

Description:

For more than a decade, we’ve raced wiener dogs to answer that very question. High on excitement, low on height, the Firecracker Wiener Nationals may be the most fun you have all year. So if you’re in Rockaway Beach, Oregon for the July 4th Parade or some of the Best Fireworks in the country, be sure to stop by the Firecracker Wiener Nationals.

Oregon:

Event: Dogtona 400

Facebook Page: Dogtona

Location: Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon, Pendleton, Oregon

Month: June

Description:

Wiener Dog Race “DOGtona 400” is a fundraising event where dachshund owners race their dogs for speed and style.

Washington:

Event: Mud Bay Kirkland Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races

Facebook Page: Wiener Dog Races

Location: Marina Park, Kirkland, WA

Month: September

Description:

Back by popular demand, the running of the Wiener dogs at Kirkland’s Oktoberfest! Over 40 dogs participate each year.

Dachshunds race a course that’s just their size to be the First Place Wiener err– Winner!  All doxies welcome to go for the “gold”- no papers needed!

New Mexico:

Event: Country Fair and Dachshund Races

Facebook Page: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church La Union NM

Location: Anthony, New Mexico

Month: October

Description:

Annual Country Fair and Dachshund Races – Lot’s of crafts, Games – Children’s Area – Music – Dogs – Brisket – Baked Goods and just a whole lot of Dog Gone Fun! Bring your pet for the Blessing of the Animals and stay all day.

Utah:

Event: Wiener Dog Races

Location: WP Amphitheater, Utah

Month: June

Description:

A team consists of two humans and one wiener dog. Only genuine, low-to-the-ground Dachshunds (Real Wiener Dogs) will be allowed to race.

Utah:

Event: Moab Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival: Wiener Dog Race

Location: Utah

Month: October

Description:

The Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival is Moab’s largest fall festival including live bluegrass music, seed spitting and pie eating competitions, Wiener dog races, food and art vendors, kids activities, and pumpkins flying through the sky!

Idaho:

Event: Dogapoolooza: Wiener Dog Race

Location: Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Month: September

Description:

Lava Hot Springs Foundation invite dogs and dog-lovers to Lava Hot Springs!  Dogs are allowed to swim in the outdoor pool—although their humans need to stay on the deck—and play in the fully fenced lawn area. Come Enjoy various contests and wiener dog races.

Wyoming:

Event: Long Dog Derby

Facebook Page: Second Chance to Dance Dachshund Rescue

Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming

Month: October

Description:

The Long Dog Derby is organized by the Second Chance to Dance Dachshund Rescue, which is located in the Farson-Eden area.  The event features races of Dachshunds in different age categories and even includes a race for Dachshunds with spinal injuries. Funds raised by the event benefit the medical fund for Second Chance to Dance Dachshund Rescue.

Wyoming:

Event: Dachshund Derby and Corgi Classic Races

Facebook Page: Search: Wyoming Dachshund and Corgi Rescue

Location: Wheatland, Wyoming

Month: August

Description:

Come join the fun and raise some money for WDCR. There will be Dachshund Races, Corgi Races, Mixed Bag Races, a Silent Auction, Costume Contest, Food, Games, Live Auction and Betting Calcutta Style.

Alaska:

Event: Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital Dachshund Dash

Facebook Page: Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Month: August

Description:

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital will be hosting our annual dachshund race at the Tanana Valley State Fair. The race is going to be located in the grassy area by the livestock barns (next to the Cluck Hut). Sign-ups/registration will be done at the Fairgrounds right before the race.  This race is limited to dachshunds and dachshund mixes due to their leg size.

Each race participant requires 2 handlers – 1 at each end of the course. There will be multiple race heats depending on the number of participants. Dogs will start at one end (5 racers to a group) and can be lured to the handler at the other end by any means (toys, food, noise makers, etc).

Washington:

Event: Running of the Wieners

Facebook Page: Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital

Location: Wiener Dog Stadium, inside Munich Festhalle, WA

Month:  October

Description:

Dachshunds of all shapes and sizes (well okay, all sizes… but probably just the one shape) will compete in various races and competitions. Click HERE for a glimpse into a race!

Washington:

Event: Dachshunds on Parade

Facebook Page: Search Ellensburg Downtown Association, Events page

Location: Ellensburg, Washington

Month:  June

Description:

Dachshunds on Parade is officially BACK!  Join the Ellensburg Downtown Association for a day full of dog-friendly fun in downtown Ellensburg. Bring your furry friend for pet tricks, costume contest, short parade, dachshund races.

Washington:

Event:  Wiener Dog Races, Dachshund Rescue NW at Oktoberfest Spokane

Facebook Page: Dachshund Rescue NW and Dachshund Club of Spokane

Location: Airway Heights, WA

Month:  September

Description: None

Washington:

Event: Wiener Dog and Wannabe races

Location: Auburn, WA

Month:  July

Description: None

California:

Event: Dachshund Wiener Dog Races

Location: Old World Beer Garden, Huntington Beach, CA

Month:  April – December

Description:

Come watch wiener dogs race to the finish line in 2019 on our Doggy Friendly Patio!! Food, beer, and good times!

California:

Event: Dachshund Races

Location:  California

Month:  August, September, October

Description: None

California:

Event: Wiener Winter Fest

Location:  Huntington Beach, California

Month:  December

Description:

Southern California Dachshund Relief

California:

Event: Wild Wiener Round-Up

Location:  Huntington Beach, California

Month:  June

Description:

Dachshund Races courtesy of the Wiener Dog Store, Vendors will participate, and we will have a raffle to benefit Southern California Dachshund Relief.  Bratwurst, German food, and beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available from the BBQ Kitchen in the event area, so bring your appetite.

California:

Event: Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

Facebook Page: Search, Los Alamitos Race Course

Location: Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA

Month:  July

Description:

None

California:

Event: Wiener Nationals

Location: Del Mar Race Track in San Diego, CA

Month:

Description: None

California:

Event: Wiener Nationals

Facebook Page: Search Mila & Ezri Miesner

Location: Qualcomm in San Diego, CA

Month:

Description: None

California:

Event: Wiener Nationals

Location: Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, CA

Month:

Description: None

There are a lot of new and old dachshund race events posted on the internet.  We are looking for the most current and active annual dachshund races.  If you know of a dachshund race or event in your area, please leave me a message in the comments with the name of the active event and website link.  We would love to fill up the post with more doxie events.

Looking for more Dachshund Races in the USA?  Check out the Dachshund Races Page for the Northeast and Midwest Regions of the USA.

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