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.
Walle, 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.
Tammie Barbee walks her dog Walle, a Beagle-Bassett, down the red carpet. The mutt won all at this year’s competition.
"This dog looked like he's been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," judge Brian Sobel said.
Dane Andrew shows his dog Rascal, a Chinese Crested, to judges, bribing them with links of sausage.
Walle overcame the dominance in recent years by nearly hairless Chihuahuas, Chinese cresteds, or combinations of the two.
Jon Adler poses with Icky, a Chinese Crested - showing a muzzle that only a pet owner could love.
Owner Tammie Barbee got the dog when he was three months old.
"People come up to me and say that dog is not right," Barbee said, "but I love him."
Penny, a pure bread Pug, awaits the start of the World's Ugliest Dog competition.
Judges said they were especially impressed by Walle's bizarre waddle of a walk.
Josie, a Chinese Crested, shakes while walking, perhaps disappointed at her crippling loss.
Walle wins $1,500 and will make several network TV appearances next week, including NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
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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