Dachshund Derby

15th Annual Dachshund Derby

Registration Opens June 1, 2020

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

1:05 pm  Blessing of the Dachshunds
1:15 pm  Dachshund Derby and Ribbons
2:30 pm  Dachshund Costume Contest


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WISN 12 News Contributer Van McNeil








This Dachshund Race is the off-the-wall “brain child or pet project” of the late great Patrick T. Dineen. Although he was of Irish decent, he never missed a German Fest and he had great love for his three loyal wiener dogs – Lisa, Libby and Little Cash. Mr. Dineen donated hours and hours to bring his Dachshund Race idea to German Fest, originally thinking it would be a one year attraction. But the Dachshund Derby seemed to have “legs” – lots of them – and now it’s a permanent fixture each year at German Fest thanks to an Irish gentleman by the name of Patrick T. Dineen! Danke Mr. Dineen! We miss you and so do the dogs!


Sponsored by Fromm Family Pet Food

The fur flies Sunday afternoon in the annual Dachshund Derby und Wiener Dog Costume Contest! There are six age categories. All entered Dachshunds go schnoz-to-schnoz, and sometimes schnoz-to-tail, all for a chance to be crowned “Champion of the Dachshund Nation”.

Following the races, watch the pint-sized pups strut their stuff trying to out-shine all others in a no-holds-barred Wiener Dog Costume Contest! Winners are determined by audience applause in conjunction with a dog loving Celebrity Judge.

Races:   The racing heats are determined by the dogs’ ages as shown below.  Prizes will be awarded for each age bracket. Prizes and group photo given immediately after each heat. The race heats are:
Puppy to 1 year old           Lil’ Smokies
1 year – 3 year old            Frankfurters
3 year – 5 year old            Bratwursts
5 year – 8 year old            Schnitzels
8 year and up                    Knockwursts
Special Needs                   Braunschweigers

View the videos and photos below to see past Dachshund Derby highlights:





We're live at German Fest for family day at the Dachshund Derby! Come on down to join our HAUS party!

Posted by German Fest – A Milwaukee Tradition on Sunday, July 30, 2017