Top Dog? Watch Dachshunds Compete in the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

Kate Horowitz

At this year's Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals in Los Alamitos, California, 98 pups tried to pull a fast one on their peers. The race, now in its 21st year, is a fundraiser for the Seal Beach Care Center, which helps stray animals find homes.

Each year’s event comprises nine 50-yard heats, culminating in a final race at the end of the night. Any local dachshund with a dream and a tiny jersey is eligible to secure a lane; contest officials narrowed down the applicant pool to 98 by selecting the most interesting entries.

This year's national champion was an exuberant pup named Darcy, who rushed to meet her owner at the finish line. Along with the Golden Wiener trophy and a trophy blanket, the Wiener dog also won a new doghouse and a $1000 prize.

Take a look at the coverage below of last year’s race, plus a commercial. (This is a sporting event, after all.)

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