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Ugliest Dog: 'Experiment that went wrong'

  • Tammie Barbee holds a treat out for her Beagle Basset mix dog "Walle" after the two took the top prize in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma on Friday, June 21, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but there was general agreement Friday night in Petaluma about what constitutes ugly.

A beagle-bassett-boxer mix with an oversized head, humped back and drumstick legs got the nod, beating out hairless, drooling pooches of all kinds to be named the World's Ugliest Dog.

"He reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger," said Tammie Barbee of Chico, owner of the 4-year-old mutt, Walle. "That's what everybody says."

2013 World's Ugliest Dog Contest

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Contest emcee Sheri Lynch, co-host of the nationally syndicated Bob & Sheri radio show, said he "looks like someone Photoshopped him."

Petaluma political consultant Brian Sobel, who served as a judge, also chimed in about the oddly bred hound with disproportionate features.

"His body configuration has me stunned," Sobel said. "He looks like an experiment that went wrong."

The appearance-impaired pup was deemed more hideous than Rue, a black Chinese crested from Lodi that the hosts said looked "half-dinosaur, half-kangaroo."

"She has a mullet and no other hair," said her owner, Annie Ragsdale. "She's a hoarder. She's got OCD a little bit."

Other top finishers included Mayzie Brown, a tiny Pomeranian from Nevada with patches of pink, speckled skin; Sophie, a cross-eyed Chihuahua-mix from the Bay Area that produced bubbles from her nose; and Isaboo, a mixed Chihuahua-Chinese crested from Idaho with a scraggly mohawk.

Walle's owner got a five-foot tall trophy and $1,500. But more importantly, he's expected to be catapulted to fame with appearances on the "Today" show" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."


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