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Home > Walle Wins the Title of 2013 World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Walle Wins the Title of 2013 World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Walle Wins the Title of World's Ugliest Dog

Record 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 Friday.

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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.

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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 Contestants for each new year are featured on the website pre-contest as well in the World's Ugliest Dog Voting Gallery.


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