Princess Abby Is The World's Ugliest Dog

By Meera Dolasia on July 1, 2010

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Last weekend, the Sonoma-Marin County Fair held one of its most popular events - The contest to pick the 'World's Ugliest Dog'. While it may sound cruel, being the ugliest dog has a lot of benefits - There is a generous cash prize, other goodies and a chance to become world famous!

This year's winner, a Chihuahua named Princess Abby, has all the attributes to win the title - She is hunched and walks a little strange because her back legs are longer than front. One of her eyes does not open, her ears are mismatched and she has an endearing way of begging for food by standing on her hind legs. Her owner, Kathleen Francis, describes her as a cross between a rabbit, kangaroo and camel!

To win the coveted title, Abby had to surmount some serious competition, that included last year's winner Pabst, a boxer who sports some snarly-looking teeth, Chopper, a fur ball of hair and the 2002 winner, Rascal who looks so scary that he stars in horror movies! Much missed was Miss Ellie, 'The World's Ugliest Pedigree dog, who died earlier this year, at the ripe-old age of 17.

While Abby is now basking in her new found fame, life did not look so good just five months ago, when the abandoned, malnourished and flea-infested Chihuahua was found roaming the streets of Clearlake, by the Humane society.

Luckily her new owner Kathleen, happened to walk into the clinic where she was being treated, fell in love with the one-eyed beauty and instantly adopted her.

She entered Abby into the 'Ugliest Dog Contest' on a whim, never thinking that she would win. Not only did the little pooch win the grand prize, she also won the pedigree class earning Kathleen, a cool $1,600USD in total prize money.

In addition to that, she also received some cool dog accessories, a one-year modeling contract with the 'House of Dog', a web retailer that specializes in canine couture, a professional photo shoot and many talk show appearances, starting with a trip to New York City, to appear on the Today Show.

Now in its 22nd year, the 'Ugliest Dog Contest', has become quite popular not only locally, but also, worldwide. Judged by a number of celebrity stars, that include the lead singer of Vertical Horizon, the contest is also aired on television on the Animal Planet channel.

sources:sonoma-marinfair.org, dailymail.co.uk

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  • bellao
    bellaoMonday, August 17, 2015 at 7:58 am
    The dogs are kind of cute
    • puppy80655
      puppy80655Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm
      uh i saw another article that said worlds ugliest dog its to year old peanut crowend worlds ugliest dog and i dont think there ugley at all!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • Francheska QFriday, June 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm
        that dogs toung creeps me out
        • smartfox
          smartfoxTuesday, June 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm
          I feel bad but glad she won
          • igloo Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm
            pore puppy
            • LKThursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm
              these are the ugliest dogs in the world.
              • memestumpTuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:51 am
                Wow she's actually really cute
                • bellao
                  bellaoMonday, August 17, 2015 at 8:00 am
                  I agree 😀
                • happymoon
                  happymoonWednesday, April 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm
                  I understand that people enjoy having these sorts of competitions to earn cash and show off, but this is just too cruel. Why should a dog, or any animal in fact, be awarded for appearance? It matters on the inside, an animal's inner beauty. In a dog's case, they should be awarded on differences they have made. Have you heard of all of the war dogs who were sacrificed to save countries? They deserve medals and glory, not a dog who is ugly. Ugly dogs? Why not brave dogs? Or positive ones? Out of all the characteristics in the world, we chose ugly? Does society have to be so greedy for money? It annoys me to think that we as humans spend so much time on appearance. My hair is crazy, I wear mismatched clothing and I have giant clunky glasses and braces. But I am intelligent, friendly and positive to everyone. Yet I am teased for my looks. So what? If everyone was blind, it wouldn't matter how you looked. No one would care. I wish people would act like that, not blind, but blinded for appearance.
                  • bellao
                    bellaoMonday, August 17, 2015 at 8:01 am
                    You are so right 😊
                  • athenu
                    athenuMonday, April 27, 2015 at 11:21 am
                    cool
                    • asdfadfsafdsafsTuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm
                      Princess Abby = not as ugly as that other dog who is in the 5th picture from the top.

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