Category Archives: Wiener dog racing

Dachshunds figure in winter sports controversy

Last week the Dachshund News brought you the story of opposition to wiener dog ice racing. This week it’s another dangerous winter sport involving Dachshunds.

We’ve left a note asking the director of this video to check in and explain the special effects.

While we wait, consider this. Apparently, the wiener dog ice races were a big success and raised $5000 for the Ryan Newman Foundation, which encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters.

Don’t race Dachshunds on ice, say Doxie owners

Huntsville Havoc wiener dog logoThe Huntsville Havoc hockey team is planning on holding a wiener dog race — otherwise know as a Dachshund dash — on the ice this Saturday as they try to raise money for the Ryan Newman Foundation, which educates and encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters

However, Dachshund owners say that’s a bad idea.

Karen Borden is the president of Dixie Dachshund Rescue. She told WAAY TV:

“I think it’s a great fundraising event, wiener races. But, I was really upset with the environment that it was going to be held in.”

Borden says running the dogs on ice is dangerous because the breed is already prone to back problems. She says, “Because of the overbreeding that has gone on, many are born with the propensity to have blown discs or bad disks ort suspect disks.”

Valley residents are so upset, they have created a page on Facebook encouraging folks to boycott this weekend’s game. They say it endangers and exploits the breed. However, not everyone agrees with the boycott. Melissa Horne is a Veterinarian at the Animal Care Clinic in Huntsville. She says, “As long as they’re not having any problems and don’t have a history of problems, there shouldn’t be any reason they can’t participate.”

RIP Baron the Dachshund aka “the Muhammad Ali of wiener racing”

Baron the Dachshund and his coach yuck it up with Jay Leno

The Orange County Register has an obituary for Baron:

He was one of his town’s most famous canine residents, an undefeated racer who had been nicknamed “the Muhammad Ali of wiener racing.”

Baron, a brown, standard dachshund who made numerous television appearances during his racing career – including two on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – died at home last week.

He was just a month shy of his 18th birthday, or as his owner Rob Rowland likes to point out, 125 in dog years.

Even with winning the 1997 Wiener Nationals, 1998 Champion of Champions, and 1999 Ultimate Challenge at the Los Alamitos Race Course, Rowland said he will remember his dog’s greatest accomplishment as being a wonderful pet and companion.

Visit the website Rowland set up for Baron to see videos of the speedy wiener in action both on the track and on the Tonight Show back in 1997. Baron was also featured in the dogumentary, Wiener Takes All.

Fox reporter bitten by racing wiener dog

Assigned to cover Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest, Meghan Mongillo encountered danger while reporting on the wiener dog racers:

While wearing my dirndl and chicken hat I was assigned to interview Charlie, a dachshund wearing a hot dog bun costume, who happened to be the two-time defending champion of the annual wiener dog race.  So there I was, chatting with Charlie’s owner, minutes before going live on the FOX19 morning news, when Charlie transformed into Chuckie the Terrible.  It turns out that Chuckie the Terrible likes fingers, so much so that when he bit mine he wouldn’t let go for what seemed like an eternity but was actually more like 5 seconds.  Here’s the damage.  You can see his tooth mark and how he ripped off the skin.

Charlie must have lost his focus as he went on to lose the race and his title:

Daily Doxie dogs compete in Wiener Nationals

Yesterday was one of our favorite events of the year – the 2009 Wiener Nationals in San Diego. Even though the heat was nearly 100 degrees, a record number of wiener dogs came out to compete – more than 330.


Gary has been racing since he was four months old; he is nine now. He has a real killer instinct when it comes to racing. He starts getting very pumped up when he gets in the starting gate and as soon as it opens, he is off! Yesterday, he won all three of his heats. In previous years, he has made it into the top 8, but I think his age, weight (22 pounds) and the heat got to him yesterday. He wasn’t fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals.

This was Patrick’s third year racing, but this first time he’s ever crossed the line. Patrick is inherently fast, but he’s lacking the competitive drive. He’s a real lover. I am happy to report that Patrick crossed the finish line in all three heats yesterday, and even won one of them. Once he harnesses his chi, we think he is going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Win or not, we were proud of our boys and had a great day with our wiener-dog-owning friends and family.