Some of the world’s ugliest dogs will face off in a red carpet walk and ‘Faux Paw Fashion Show’ organised in California. The seemingly-bizarre competition is being held in a US state to celebrate man’s best friend’s perfect imperfections. We’re so used to seeing dogs in their furry best that we fail to realise that even the fluffiest dogs in the world have imperfections. In this off-beat competition, the contestants are judged on first impressions, unusual characteristics, personality and of course, audience reactions.
A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year's competition and waddled away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to New York with her owner, Jason Wurtz, for media appearances. The then-17-year-old champion proved that third time's the charm after falling short in the competition twice before.
Quasi Modo wins top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
Peanut, a 2-year-old mutt is held by owner Holly Chandler after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif
By celebrating inner beauty, organizers said they hope to showcase that all dogs, regardless of physical appearance, can be lovable additions to any family. Contest rules prevent owners from intentionally altering their animals to enhance appearance for the purpose of the contest. These pooches are celebrated for their natural ugliness, organizers said.
Besides the main crown, the Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provide service to their community, organizers said.
The competition has been held in Petaluma for more than 50 years but is in its 29th year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
(With AP Inputs)