Forget hairless Chihuahuas and Chinese cresteds, there is a new top dog when it comes to being ugly.
A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the surprise winner at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged Friday as the most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition.
The future winner appeared at the last minute, just before the contest was about to end. Itâ€™s a 4-year-old mutt named Walle. Walle comes from Chico, California. 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.
Walleâ€™s owner, Tammie Barbee, got him Â at three months old. The unusual mix of different breeds won the crowd with his hind leg stance which demonstrated his girth and large head as he took a biscuit from his owner.
â€śHeâ€™s unique,â€ť said Tammie Barbee, owner of the four-year old part boxer, beagle and basset dog.
She says, â€śPeople come up to me and say that dog is not right, but I love him.â€ť
â€śEverybody always says that thereâ€™s something wrong with him â€” his headâ€™s too big, his back is too short.Â Itâ€™s nice to win at something,â€ť Barbee said.
Judges said they were especially impressed by Walle’s bizarre waddle of a walk in the competition held in Petaluma, north of San Francisco.
Walle overcame the dominance in recent years by nearly hairless Chihuahuas, Chinese cresteds, or combinations of the two.
Said Judge Brian Sobel, “This dog looked like he’s been photo shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals.”
Some of the contestâ€™s judges included football legend Joe Montana and Jon Provost, who played Timmy on classic television show â€śLassie.â€ť
â€śWalle looked like an experiment that went wrong,â€ť said Provost.
Walle walked away with $1,500 for winning the title of Worldâ€™s Ugliest Dog as well as a trophy.
But fame follows as well. The â€śuglyâ€ť winner will make several network TV appearances next week, including NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Owners also had to provide documentation from a veterinarian â€“ proving their dogs were healthy when registering for the contest.
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 â€śPAW-tographingâ€ť of the new book Worldâ€™s Ugliest Dogs: The Official Worldâ€™s Ugliest Dog Book with assistance from their owners and a dog stamp, says the official contentâ€™s Facebook page.
â€śThis was the best in the seven years Iâ€™ve produced the contest,â€ť said contest producer, Vicki DeArmon, also the author of Worldâ€™s Ugliest Dogs.
â€śA wide variety of dogs and a record crowd made the energy just electric and the hosts were hilarious.â€ť