400 sausage dogs enjoy Suffolk ‘beach party’

Around 400 sausage dogs and their owners gathered for a world record attempt

Hundreds of sausage dogs and their owners gathered on Southwold Pier Beach in Suffolk for an annual walk yesterday.

Around 400 dachshunds attended the walk which was set up in aid of a charity that supports dogs with a spinal condition called intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).

The event began in 2014 and has grown each year – this year £2,000 was raised for a charity to tackle the common disease.

It also marked an attempt to beat the world record for the most sausage dogs gathered on a beach.

Sausage dogs at a party at Christmas (PA)

Organiser Laura Baggott told the BBC: “We’ve got people coming over from London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire.

“It’s just a beach party for sausage dogs.”

Ms Baggott’s own dog is among the 25% of dachshunds that suffer from IVDD, which can cause serious pain and can lead to damage to the dog’s spine and paralysis.

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Speaking about the walk, Ms Baggott said: “It’s overwhelming, we didn’t think it would get that big.

“I just love them. They’re just so funny.”

The sausage dogs and their human friends gathered from midday to walk along the beach and up to Southwold Pier.