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Pooping-dog toy expected to be Christmas hit

The Doggie Doo game is a hot new toy for kids.

Here's a toy for preschoolers fascinated with poop: Shaped like a dachshund, it makes fart noises and excretes Plasticine feces.

The goal is to see who can scoop up the most droppings from under the wiener dog's butt, which sounds like a game that could get old fast (unlike, of course, all those defecating dolls).

But British retailers predict Doggie Doo will be a top seller this Christmas, The Guardian reports.

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The gassy dachshund is one of 12 "dream toys" chosen by the Toy Retailers Association, along with Fireman Sam, Elmo and a Nerf gun.

Each Doggie Doo game includes a plastic dachshund and leash, four pooper scoopers, a container of "dog food" and a die to determine how many times to squeeze a pump that stimulates the dachshund's bowels.

Doggie Doo is already a hit in Germany, where it goes by the name Kackel Dackel ("laughing dachshund") according to its manufacturer, Goliath. The company reportedly kept plans for the toy on the down low for 15 years out of concern it wouldn't be deemed fit for polite company.

But Goliath says Doggie Doo has been off leash ever since its success with Pop the Pig, a game that involves force-feeding a hog with cheeseburgers until its stomach bursts.

Known in the Netherlands as Takkie Kakkie, Doggie Doo is recommended for ages 4 and up. It sells for $25 to $30 at retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us. Or you can buy it online at PetMyWiener.com. (Seriously.)

At a sneak peek in Britain, kids including 11-year-old Freddie and his friend Harry, age 9, gave Doggie Doo a thumb's up. "I like it, it's funny," Freddie told The Guardian.

But Harry's mother was not amused. "We certainly won't be buying it for Christmas."

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