Los Angeles: Walle, a four-year-old hunchback mixed breed dog has beat out 29 other gruesome- looking competitors to win the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest held in California.

Walle who is a beagle-basset-boxer mix has a huge head, a short and thick stature, and waddles like a duck won the contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. "He's unique," said Tammie Barbee, owner of Walle. The dog won a trophy and USD 1,500 at the competition.

"Everybody always says that there's something wrong with him — his head’s too big, his back is too short. It's nice to win at something," Barbee told to a news channel. While Walle is more photogenic than last year's winner, "Mugly," whose images are gasp-inspiring, his overall presence was what swayed the judges, contest producer Vicki DeArmon said.

"You have to see him walk to appreciate him," she said. Some of the contest's judges included football legend Joe Montana and Jon Provost, who played Timmy on classic television show "Lassie."

"Walle looked like an experiment that went wrong," said Provost.

All of the dogs entered a pre-qualifying round to make sure they're truly "ugly" before taking the stage. "The advantage of coming to an Ugly Dog Contest is probably — the less you do, the better," said dog owner Dane Andrew.

Owners also had to provide documentation from a veterinarian – proving their dogs were healthy when registering for the contest. The breeds of the other contestants included Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, boxer, terrier, pug, poodle and Peruvian, organizers said. Friday's competition marked the 25th anniversary of the ugly dog contest.


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