Every year in Petaluma, California, the World's Ugliest Dog® Contest is held. This has been going on for 22 years now, and it has become a very popular event. Of course, I would never enter this contest since I wouldn't have the slightest chance of winning, and this is because I am too totally cute! But there are some dogs that are actually sort of ugly, and their humans seem to be proud of this, so they enter their dogs in the contest.
|Princess Abby, 2010 Winner|
In order to win the Contest, Princess Abby had to be judged uglier than the other 13 dogs in the pedigree class. Two other dogs in this class were Pabst, a boxer who won in 2009; and Rascal, a Chinese crested who won in 2002. Then after beating those dogs, Abby also had to beat a dog named Chopper, who was the winner of the mutt division.
|Pabst, 2009 Winner|
Abby's mom got to take home $1,600 in prize money. In the past, dogs who won the Ugliest Dog contest have got to go on TV and do stuff like that to help make people more aware of all the poor homeless animals who need to be rescued.
|Rascal, 2002 Winner|
|Sam, 3-time Contest Winner|
|Gus, 2008 Winner|
|Elwood, 2007 Winner|
Okay, well, I'm supposed to tell you that the photos from the World's Ugliest Dog® Contest were taken by Grace Chon/Shine Pet Photos.
Also, if you like looking at pictures of ugly dogs, you can go to the Contest's Facebook page and see some more of them.
It's pretty amazing to me that you can actually win money for being ugly, but even though I know that now, there is still no way I would even think about entering such a contest!