Top wiener dogs put on a low-level show

Carlos Puig of Chicago, above, shows his standard longhaired dachshund Cheddar at the Dachshund Club of America National Specialty dog show at the Red Lion Woodlake Conference Center in Sacramento on Thursday.

Cheddar and Cora also earned ribbons for pooches under 18 months old – Cheddar for Best of Sweepstakes and Cora for Best of Variety.

Hundreds of dogs competed in the competition, considered the largest and most important show for the breed in the country.

The dachshund, often called a wiener dog in the United States, is a breed of the German hound family, meaning “badger dog” for its ability to scent and hunt down badgers.