Beagle, Boxer, Basset Mix Impresses At 25th 'World's Ugliest Dog' Contest

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On Friday, June 21st, 2013, the folks at the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair in California celebrated the 25th anniversary of a rather unusual contest - One that crowns the 'World's Ugliest Dog'! And while in most settings a title like this would be considered insulting here, it is applauded by both the dog owners who come from all over the world and, the visitors that come to cheer the contestants.

To mark this special anniversary, this year's fair was themed 'Dog Days of Summer''. Among the things featured, was an exhibit featuring the contestants and winners from the last 25 years, as well as, a 'meet and greet' opportunity with this year's contenders and a chance to have them 'Paw-togpraph' the latest edition of the 'World's Ugliest Dog' book.

As for the winner? Unlike last year, when he had flown in all the way from London, England, this year's title winner was Chico, California resident Walle, who beat out 29 other equally 'ugly contestants'. The refreshing part was that Walle, who happened to be a last-minute entrant, is not a nearly hairless, Chinese Crested Chihuahua or a mix of both breeds, that have dominated the contest for many years now. Instead, he is a mutt mix - part beagle, part basset, and part boxer.

The four-year-old impressed the judges with his giant head, humped back and wacky waddle - As one of them succinctly put it - He looked as though he had been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals - Exactly the kind of natural 'ugliness' they were looking for!

Along with the title, the first time entrant received a cash prize of $1,500 USD, a large trophy, as well as, scheduled appearances on NBC's Weekend Today on Sunday, the Today Show on Monday and the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Wednesday.

Though the competition may seem derogatory, it is a fun event organized by an animal psychiatrist who makes sure all the entrants are healthy. It is also important to remember that the contestants come from homes where they are loved and pampered because of their rather unusual looks - After all, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!"

Resources: sonoma-marinfair.org, abcnews.go.com,cbsnews.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • dr_alexei
    dr_alexeiSunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:54 am
    This seriously is messed up! why in the world would theses people put the poor little dog in the ugliest dog contest?! what if someone put you in the "most ugliest child in the world contest?!" would your parents be cruel enough to put u in that contest? I sure hope not because we are all beautiful in our own way and nobody can change that. I feel bad for that poor little dog because he is not ugly at all and i read the comments and all of them were saying he was adorable and i totally agree theses people who put the dog in the contest should feel ashamed of themselves. That dog must have felt emmabarset once he won the contest because people are blind theses days i don't see ugliness in the dog at all.......who agrees with me??
    • dr_alexei
      dr_alexeiSunday, September 22, 2019 at 6:43 am
      what a beautiful duggy
      • dr_alexei
        dr_alexeiSunday, September 22, 2019 at 6:39 am
        this is so messed up! would you like it if your parents put you in the "most ugliest child contest?!" No! but this dog is special! who agrees with me?!
        • shootingstars
          shootingstarsFriday, September 20, 2019 at 10:47 am
          HE IS SO CUTE! Why do they even have a "Ugly Dog" competition....? All dogs are ADORABLE!!!
          • Beagleland!Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm
            All dogs are beautiful on the inside. The reason of this contest is to show just that and raise money for the poor pooches. Though I still don't understand why that cutie was entered. 🐶
            • Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm
              He is not ugly !! He is really cute.
              • Animal lover Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm
                They are not ugly they are very beautiful inside and out!!!
                • wolfdog
                  wolfdogTuesday, March 5, 2019 at 8:12 am
                  Aw he's beautiful
                  • dogloverWednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:31 am
                    he is so not ugly!
                    • 10252008
                      10252008Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:42 am
                      so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!