Two-Year-Old Peanut Crowned 'World's Ugliest Dog'

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On Friday, June 20th, 29 dogs along with their doting owners came to Petaluma, Californian to participate in a rather unusual competition - one that seeks out and honors the World's Ugliest Dog'. Now in its 26th year, the contest is one of the biggest attractions at the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Among the leading contenders were Cupcake, a Pug/Poodle/Maltese mix who was adopted from a local dog rescue center in January and Shorty, a Lab/Corgi mix who would have been put to sleep, had it not been picked up by its current owner. Also competing was 11-year-old veteran Grovie. Described by his owner as short and funny, the Chinese Pug is a local resident who has participated in this contest several times. Then there was 2002 'World's Ugliest Dog' and 'Ring of Champions' winner, Rascal. The 7lbs naturally hairless pooch with very few teeth, comes from an impressive pedigree - his grandfather Chi Chi, holds the Guinness World Record for winning the 'World's Ugliest Dog' title, seven times!

But all these impressively 'ugly' dogs had no chance against Peanut who flew in all the way from Greenville, North Carolina. The two-year-old shelter dog was badly burnt in a fire which caused him to lose his lips, most of his body hair and eyelids. As a result, his eyes constantly water. Add some sharp teeth to the mix and you get an ominous looking pooch. Of course his loving owner Holly Chandler believes that all these unusual features just add to Peanut's persona. In addition to winning the prestigious title, $1,500 USD in cash and a large trophy, the first time entrant also enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York City where he made scheduled appearances on the Today Show and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Though the competition may seem derogatory to some people, it is a fun event organized by an animal psychiatrist who vets the dogs before the event to ensure they are healthy, and also has a 'pep' or should we say 'pet' talk to confirm they are happy and well-taken care of. The competition is also an excellent way to honor these pooches, many of whom owe their unusual looks to human abuse. But most importantly, it raises awareness for their adoption by showing the world that physical detractions do not prevent dogs from becoming loving pets.

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  • summerheart
    summerheartabout 2 months
    I hate that people do that because think of it as somebody Crowning you ugliest human😭
    • corgigurl
      corgigurl8 months
      It is so ugly it is cute but also why do they have the world's ugliest dog? That is just mean the owner might really love that dog and think it is sad that their dog is thee ugliest dog in the world
      • wolfie_queen
        wolfie_queen10 months
        that is a cute dogie
        • mzepeda983
          mzepeda983about 1 year
          that dog is so sweet and adorable!
          • chacewolfdragon
            chacewolfdragonover 1 year
            that poor dog who could burn a puppy and then just give the dog away. i would be proud to have the dog and even know that even after the dog was burned that my dog was still alive. :)
            • x_goddess_x
              x_goddess_xover 1 year
              My cat's named peanut and she weighs 17 pounds as a orange tabby.
            • wolfy_blue
              wolfy_blueover 1 year
              Theres nothing ugly about the cute dog, why do they call it ugly???
              • lilly2020
                lilly2020over 1 year
                that dog is kindo sweet and adorable!
                • cupcakekitty8
                  cupcakekitty8over 1 year
                  What that’s rude!!! Why would people crown a dog for being ugly??? That makes no sense everyone is special in their own way. I can’t believe someone thought of this. It’s ridiculous! That dog is cute not ugly.
                  • bookfan2008
                    bookfan2008over 1 year
                    This is seems a bit rude in my opinion. I don't think any dog should be crowned "worlds ugliest dog".All dogs are different and unique in their own special ways.