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Meet Walle, the World's Ugliest Dog

June 22, 2013

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.”





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Isaac Curley
Submitted by Isaac Curley on

What is the real purpose behind such a contest? Commercialism? Almighty tourism dollar? I, for one, am not amused and I think the people behind such a contest would do a greater service to dogs by giving their time and money to help injured, abandoned or abused animals - not ridicule them for public enjoyment. What this teaches younger generations is that our society says "its ok to publicly poke fun of one of God's creatures because these animals don't know any better." There is enough ridicule and hatred in this world, we do not have to justify it by thinking that by putting national spotlight on a disparaging and nonsensical event that it makes it acceptable and appropriate.

Thomas Cotrel
Thomas Cotrel
Submitted by Thomas Cotrel on

Isaac: The purpose is to have fun and raise awareness for dog rescues, which is how most of the entrants (including mine) found their homes. I love Eleanor (a 1.5 year old Chinese Crested) the way she is, even though her breeder rejected her, and she went through one (maybe two) owners before winding up in the LA County (NOT a no-kill facility) animal shelter and getting picked up by the Chinese Crested Rescue people. The other contestants have similar stories and owners who feel the same way about them as I do. One of the runner-ups, Sophie, is a 17 year-old Chihuahua mix who had to be fed baby food. The only ridicule out there is for the hyper-serious AKC/Westminster-style dog shows (and celebrations of extreme in-breeding). Ugly, like beauty, is only skin deep.