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Walle Wins the Title of 2013 World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Walle Wins the Title of World's Ugliest Dog
crowds. Fanfare. The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest declared a new winner for
2013. A four-year-old mutt mix, part beagle, basset and boxer--named Walle
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
This 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 photo shopped with
pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals."
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 the Jimmy
Kimmel Show on Wednesday.
Previous Worlds Ugliest Dog Winners
Fanfare for the anniversary of the contest included the fair themed Dog Days
of Summer and a retrospective exhibit featuring the last 25 years of the
contest. Nationally syndicated radio personalities Bob & Sheri hosted and
the crowd loved it. Contestant dogs participated in a “PAW-tographing” of
the new book World’s Ugliest Dogs: The Official World’s Ugliest Dog ® Book
with assistance from their owners and a dog stamp.
“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.”
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is an annual contest held in Petaluma, California,
U.S., as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, to decide which of the dogs entered in
the contest is the ugliest. Along with the title of “The World’s Ugliest Dog,”
the winner’s owner receives a check for $1,500, and both dog and owner
receive significant publicity for winning the contest, appearing on talk shows
and in newspapers around the world.
Animal Planet has sponsored the event and broadcast the show on television for
several years. In the 2009 contest, the event included celebrity judges such as
Doc Karen Halligan and Jon Provost as well as an Ugly is the New Beautiful
Fashion Show featuring models and adoptable rescue dogs. Dog owners must provide
documentation of veterinarian checks to determine the competing animal is
healthy. The Sonoma-Marin Fair has also partnered with animal rights groups such
as the Sonoma County Humane Society to educate the public about animals and to
provide opportunities to adopt rescue dogs. The fair issues a photo of the
winner, press release summing up the contest, and YouTube video within hours of
the contest conclusion. These can be viewed at www.sonoma-marinfair.org.
Contestants for each new year are featured on the website pre-contest as well in
the World's Ugliest Dog Voting Gallery.