Meet the New 'World's Ugliest Dog' Champ

Walle takes the title

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 22, 2013 9:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – You've no doubt seen far worse, but a big-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer, and basset hound is the upset winner at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Walle, a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., was judged yesterday as the most unsightly of 30 dogs at the popular competition in Petaluma, California. "This dog looked like he's been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," explains one of the judges. For bearing insults like that, Walle wins $1,500 and will be showing up on Today and Jimmy Kimmel Live next week, among other shows.

Walle poses for a portrait after the victory.
Walle poses for a portrait after the victory.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Walle, 4-year-old mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound, is the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
Walle, 4-year-old mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound, is the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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