As far as high class and high stakes racing goes, the Kentucky Derby usually comes to mind, but not so in Buda. Here in the Texas Hill Country, over the last two decades, the town has hosted the Buda Wiener Dog Races. Now entering its 20th year, the 2017 event is being held April 29–30, and the Dachshunds are bringing their A-game!
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A Town Called Buda: Where Every Dog’s a Wiener…Or is it Winner?
The yearly running of the dogs benefits various local children’s charities as well as the Buda Lions Club and brings smiles to the faces of spectators that come from both near and far to witness the event. Taking place in Buda City Park, the race has no prequalifying heats, and this year’s event theme is “WienerTopia.” The competitors take off as fast as their little legs can carry them, and some meander, some investigate here and there, and some are straight shots to the finish line! There’s also an event that’s been added to the roster, which allows for mixed-breeds to race as well.
Dachshunds were originally bred in Germany in the 1600s to hunt badgers. They include three different coat varieties (longhaired, wirehaired, and smooth), and their average weights range from 16 to 32 pounds, with miniatures weighing at or just shy of 11 pounds. They make ideal pets and are wonderful companions for both children and adults, and the town of Buda loves to have them come for their annual events, and strut their stuff! To complement the event, there will be barbecue and chili cook-offs, a best-dressed dog contest, a bake-off, and live music. More than 1,500 people attend the Buda Wiener Dog Races each year, either as a competitor, or simply to bring their dog and families for a good time. So, come to Buda April 29-30, in the Texas Hill Country, where you can have loads of fun, and maybe get a long little doggie!