Worlds Ugliest Dog


Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest Photo

Worlds Ugliest Dog

Sam, a blind Chinese Crested dog, was voted the worlds ugliest dog three times in a row, from 2003 through 2005. He died in November 2005, causing an end to his three-year reign. With a long history, the contest was already very popular, but with the 3 consecutive wins (2003-2005) by Sam and his undeniable “ugliness” and unique characteristics the Worlds Ugliest Dog event has become more popular to the point where it is being covered on television and the Internet and has made owning an ugly dog cool.

Additionally, because most of the winners of Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest (last 7 in a row) are either purebred Chinese Crested or Chinese Crested mixed with Chihuahua, this breed has grown in interest and more people are looking for information on the breed and its origins.

Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest

Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest is an annual contest held in Petaluma, California, U.S., as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, to decide which of the dogs entered in the contest is the ugliest. Along with the title of “The Worlds Ugliest Dog,” the winner’s owner gets a USD $1,000, and both dog and owner receive significant publicity for winning the contest, appearing on talk shows and in newspapers around the world.

Animal Planet has sponsored the event and broadcast the show on television for several years. In the 2009 contest, the event included celebrity judges such as Doc Karen Halligan and Jon Provost (aka Timmy on the classic television show Lassie) as well as an Ugly is the New Beautiful Fashion Show featuring models and adoptable rescue dogs. Dog owners must provide documentation of veternarian checks to determine the competing animal is healthy. The Sonoma-Marin Fair has also partnered with animal rights groups such as the Sonoma County Humane Society to educate the public about animals and to provide opportunities to adopt rescue dogs. The fair issues a photo of the winner, press release summing up the contest, and YouTube video within hours of the contest conclusion. These can be viewed at Contestants for each new year are featured on the website pre-contest as well in the Worlds Ugliest Dog Voting Gallery.

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Rating: 8.2/10 (71 votes cast)
Worlds Ugliest Dog, 8.2 out of 10 based on 71 ratings




  1. Samantha says:


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  2. jaylon sparks says:

    o god tat ting reminds me ov this guy named joanthany garcia tas sitting next to me n is sam really hot or is she jus another person tats ugly n wants 2 b kute sme 1 tlk 2 me hlp plz

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    Rating: 2.6/5 (7 votes cast)
  3. poopyman says:

    uhh what is the dude holding?

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    Rating: 2.6/5 (5 votes cast)
  4. snksantana says:

    They finally found the Chupa cabra!!!

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    Rating: 2.9/5 (7 votes cast)
  5. Betuaintgotthis says:

    Wow yes definately an ugly dog. I probably would have had the thing put down if i was the owner.
    I believe What is being held is the dogs rear leg. I however have no idea why the owner would want to jab the poor dog in the head with its own foot but hey what the hell.

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    Rating: 1.6/5 (8 votes cast)
  6. Anna says:

    poor dog i dont rlly like to say that an animal is ugly but this dog is ugly

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    Rating: 3.0/5 (4 votes cast)
  7. Metta says:

    :( i think it’s horrible that there’s such a thing as an Ugliest Dog Contest.. even if it IS for charity, it’s still terrible.. They wouldn’t start an Ugliest Child Contest for charity, would they? :(

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  8. bjweidenfarrell says:

    Yea, its very ugly…reminds me a little of a 90 yr old ladies vag after sitting in a pool for a couple days. Then after geting out of the pool it was attcked by the ban she. It looks like my girl jen’s ass. Like on some real shit that dog is very very very very adorable, all of you people have no heart, grow up its not its fault…..naa im just fucking wiht you its really shitty lookin.

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