With grit and determination, wiener dogs race for glory and treats at Florida festival

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Adorable dogs of all colors and hair lengths competed in the third annual wiener dog race in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The city held the wiener dog races as part of its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 1. The two-day festival celebrates German culture, in addition to weiner dogs. 

Dachshunds, the official breed name for weiner dogs, began racing in Australia in the 1970s. They were never meant to be racing dogs, per the American Kennel Club, but the sport has since spread around the world. 

See the wiener dogs, with grit and determination, compete for glory, bragging rights, pieces of pepperoni – as a celebratory treat — and a trophy fitting of the famously long dog with short legs. 

Oscar the wiener dog was crowned the winner of the race.

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Contributing: Crystal Vander Weit, TCPalm

Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.