Offbeat
world's ugliest dog

By Jack Williams


These mangy mutts are set to enter beauty competition much to their own – the coveted world’s ugliest dog contest.

The annual event brings together the most unattractive hounds from all over the world – and this year’s contest is no different.

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Some of the entrants include those with the likes of permanently sticking-out tongues, smooshed-up faces, and issues with their fur or drool.

But no matter their appearance, the dogs are all still much beloved by their owners, who will be hoping to take home the $1,500 first prize in Friday’s competition (June 23), which will take place at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma, California, USA.

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Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said: “We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great addition to any family.”

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As well as the cash prize, the winning dog will also be flown to New York City for a variety of media appearances.

In order to be crowned the winner, though, the selected pooch must undergo strict judging criteria.

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There are two main criteria judges will be looking out for, Brian Sobel, the head judge, said.

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The first will be based on the faces of the audience as they witness the unique appearances of the dogs for the first time.

The second will be the love the owners show for their strange-looking pets.

Brian said: “Incredible bonding stories emerge every year.

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“I have had dog owners tell me their dog has emotionally saved their lives – it is actually powerful to witness.

“People are used to dog shows where beautiful dogs are paraded in front of adoring crowds.

“Here the popularity is in the dog who is by human standards extremely ugly and the uglier the better.

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“People love it, clapping and shouting out their pick for the ugliest dog in the world.”