Beagle-boxer-basset named Walle wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Walle, a basset beagle mix, walks on stage during the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair on June 21, 2013 in Petaluma, California. Walle, a basset and beagle mix won the honor of being the world's ugliest dog.
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PETALUMA, Calif. - A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.
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Walle, a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who entered at the last minute, was judged most unsightly of 30 dogs at Friday's Northern California competition. It's been dominated in recent years by nearly hairless Chihuahuas, Chinese cresteds, or combinations of the two.
Judges said they were especially impressed by Walle's bizarre waddle of a walk.
Walle wins $1,500 and will make several network TV appearances next week.
The contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds gets worldwide attention, with media from around the world traveling to Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Organizers say the dogs are judged for their "natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes."
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