In a huge upset–to anyone with clear vision, at least–Walle, a four-year-old mutt mix, part beagle, basset and boxer stole the title with his huge head, short thick stature which includes a hump back and duck waddle from 29 other contenders at the 25th anniversary of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California on Friday, June 21.
Here are some of the dogs that aren't as ugly as Walle.
According to the World's Ugliest Dog Contest website, Walle is a dog you have to see move in order to appreciate his ugly dog status. Walle hails from Chico and was a late entry in the contest, arriving minutes before the closing time. In a contest that has celebrated the Chinese Crested, Walle represented a departure from the usual.
The breeds in this contest included pedigree and mutt mixes of Chihauhua, Chinese Crested, Boxer, Terrier, Pugs, Poodles, and Peruvian. Walle was acquired by his owner Tammie Barbee at three months old and won the crowd with his hind leg stance which demonstrated his girth and large head as he took a biscuit from his owner. She says, “People come up to me and say that dog is not right, but I love him.”
Said Judge Brian Sobel, "This dog looked like he's been Photoshopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals." (Editor's note: That's not nice!)
Walle walked away with $1,500 for winning the title of World’s Ugliest Dog as well as a trophy. But fame follows as well. He will appear on Weekend Today on Sunday and the Today show on Monday. He’ll also visit Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday.
“This was the best in the seven years I’ve produced the contest,” said contest producer, Vicki DeArmon, also the author of World’s Ugliest Dogs. “A wide variety of dogs and a record crowd made the energy just electric and the hosts were hilarious.”