Friday, May 23, 2008

That's Random: The Worlds' Ugliest Dog Contest

Remember Elwood, the reigning Ugliest Dog in the World? Elwood is facing down 15 of the homeliest pooches on the planet for the dubious title during the 20th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

I'm noting a theme here: Hairless Chinese Cresteds. (Will someone please explain to me why these dogs exist? They look like mutant rats.)

Still, the contest organizers take pains to point out that each contestant is dearly loved by his or her owner, and that the contest is all in good fun. In fact, like the challengers in other beauty competitions, many of the entrants have "platforms" -- raising awareness about canine cancer, for instance -- and the winner typically serves as an ambassador for an animal-related good cause during his or her reign.

The Ugliest Dog will be crowned at next month's Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Until then, you can vote for your favorite physiognomically-challenged pooch right here.

But I'm sorry -- if Pee Wee Martini (above) doesn't scamper away with the prize, then this contest is fixed.


Anonymous said...

My EYES!!!

Pigtown*Design said...

Gawd! That thing is hideous!!!

Anonymous said...

Ha! I'm friends (of friends) with the owner of Pee-Wee Martin. He lives in Philly... And not only does his owner take pride that he won the ugliest dog contest, but the entire neighborhood does too.

Meanwhile, I must say that not all Chinese Cresteds are ugly. Some are quite gorgeous. It just so happens that there's a 50/50 chance of getting a really ugly one too!! Hah.

Anonymous said...

Are these dogs old and neglected? Or is this an actual pure breed? I mean, there should be a rule that the dog can only be up to a certain age and not retarded or neglected.

Anonymous said...

They are sooooo cute! I could just hug the heck outta them:3

Anonymous said...

I own a chinese crested. I don't know how to post pictures on here, but she is a stunning dog. There is no 50/50 chance of getting an ugly dog or a regular dog. With proper breeding, a chinese crested will nearly always look the way the breed description specifies. Too much inbreeding or general carelessness when breeding (ie. breeding 2 dogs with genetic faults already) will cause a dog to turn out like the above. Now here's the important bit. I think you'll find that all of the owners of the 'ugly' dogs are absolutely head-over-heels in love with their pets. Because in the end, their looks don't matter, their endearing personalities always prevail. Mutant rats? That's precisely what i think of when i think of newborn babies.

Anonymous said...

As an owner of a very ugly dog I can back up that those of us who own them do love them very much. Mine is a rescued affin pincher who i named FUD an acronym for F#$@ed up dog. He is the man. Very loving, very loyal but really messed up. Tell you what though no matter how bad of a day i am having i just have to look over at him and i laugh. He is totally spoiled but the best dog i have ever had.


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