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Humpbacked Mutt Is "World's Ugliest Dog"

Teresa Wilson hugs her Chinese Crested at the 25th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.
Teresa Wilson hugs her Chinese Crested at the 25th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

Tongues sagging and hair standing on end, 29 “beauty challenged” dogs marched down the red carpet Friday at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma.

The event, held each June during the Sonoma-Marin Fair, raises awareness about the dangers of inbreeding and promotes animal adoption.

This year’s winner was Walle, a beagle-bassett mix with a huge head, a hump back and duck waddle.

"This dog looked like he's been Photoshopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," said judge Brian Sobel.

Walle was acquired by owner Tammie Barbee, of Chico, when he was just three months old.

“People come up to me and say that dog is not right, but I love him,” she said.

Last year's winner was a Chinese crested named Mugly, an 8-year-old rescue dog from Britain, who had droopy whiskers, beady eyes and dark, crinkled skin. The year before a pint-sized Chinese Crested named Yoda, who weighed less than 2 pounds, stole the show.

The contest began in 1970 and was incorporated into the Sonoma-Marin Fair in 1988. Since then it has spawned a documentary, a book and attracts visitors and media from all over the world. 

Walle walked off with a $1,500 prize, a trophy and will be flown for appearances on the Today Show and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Sean Nolan June 22, 2013 at 03:25 AM
"The event, held each June during the Sonoma-Marin Fair, raises awareness about the dangers of inbreeding and promotes animal adoption." Really? And I thought it was just a freak show.
Rayne Wolfe June 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Having been a judge (3X) what always strikes me is how much people love and care for their dogs. For me, this contest really brings home the idea that every pet deserves love and a good home. These owners adore their dogs, regardless of their outsides.
Lori Bevilacqua June 22, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Really? I think he's adorable.
Kevin Moore June 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM
I like the Beagle/Basset Frankendog more than any Chinese Crested. A friend has a dapple dachshund with a club foot like that one, but has the sweetest eyes. Dogs are loyal and they return your love 10 times over.
Regina Leoni June 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I don't think he's ugly at all; that's a cute dog! He's got character.

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