Chinese Crested Chihuahua Crowned 'World's Ugliest Dog'

By Meera Dolasia on June 29, 2011

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On June 25th, Yoda a Chinese-crested Chihuahua mix, beat out 29 contestants to win the coveted 'World's Ugliest Dog' title. The 14-year old who hails from Hanford,California was voted in by the public who voiced their opinion by texting in - 'American Idol' style!

The tiny canine that weighs a mere 1.8lbs impressed the audience with its sporadic spurts of hair, long hairless legs, protruding tongue and bat-like ears. She belongs to Terry Devine Schumacher, who mistook it for a rat when her daughter found it in a field, over 14 years ago. However, upon realizing it was a dog, they fell in love with the odd-looking puppy and promptly adopted her.

To win the coveted title, Yoda had to surmount some serious competition that included last year's winner, Princess Abby, a fellow Chihuahua named Handsome Hector and, a blind one-eyed pug called Hercules.

Along with the title, Yoda received a trophy 15 times her size, a cash prize of $1,000USD, a one-night stay in a luxurious suite at the Sonoma County Sheraton, as well as, a photo shoot with San Francisco based Nuena Photography, which specializes in dog portraits. And, of course just like any other pageant winner, Yoda will be appearing on talk shows all over the country and presiding over local dog events during her one-year reign.

Now in its 23rd year, the 'Ugliest Dog Contest', which airs live on the Animal Planet channel, is extremely popular not only in the USA, but also, overseas. While it may seem cruel to call anybody or anything 'ugly' it is important to remember that this contest is held just for fun and the contestants come from homes where they are loved and pampered - despite their rather unusual looks - After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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

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  • CoolTuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    Ugly so ugly
    • neko2457
      neko2457Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm
      :O so sad :(( They're being judged just because they're "ugly". Animal cruelty! >:/
      • The UsernameMonday, October 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm
        I feel bad for all these dogs. : (
        • animallover Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm
          i feel bad for the pug
          • MiyaThursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:39 am
            I know right
            • happypug12
              happypug12Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 5:13 am
              Those poor dogs!
              • PatTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:31 am
                That's mean to do have the worlds ugliest dog contest what if that was u
                • hunter429261
                  hunter429261Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:41 am
                  these dogs are so dum
                  • monster2003
                    monster2003Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm
                    i think they get abused
                    • animal loverMonday, August 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                      these dogs are ugly but they all probably have been in accidents... remember its not about the outside its about the inside. reply if you agree :)
                      • neko2457
                        neko2457Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm
                        yeah totally ** INNER BEAUTY **

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