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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  • guFriday, February 20, 2015 at 11:56 am
    dont say this dog is ugly!God made all animals to be perfect!
    • pinkygirl1234Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:02 am
      I agree with Eren Jaeger and What's up, this is nonsense and this contest is just cold hearted.
      • Cold CutsThursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 am
        uglyest dog ive ever seen
        • Eren JaegerThursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm
          The dogs are not just animals they're humans,too.
          • Eren JaegerThursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm
            This contest is nonsense. All dogs are beautiful as they are like us humans if someone calls us ugly, someone will help you feel better. So let's make the world a better place by not ignoring the poor homeless dogs and take them under our wing. The dogs are not animals, they're humans, too.
            • dragonwolf
              dragonwolfWednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:45 am
              You are right they are like us!
              • ilovemydog
                ilovemydogThursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm
                YES I HAVE THE WRLDS CUTEIS DOG
              • What's up Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm
                Calling a dog ugly and having a ugliest dog contest is just cold hearted and messed up and mean. πŸ˜’πŸ˜‘πŸ˜’πŸ‘ŽπŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ˜±πŸ˜± dogs are all cute in their own way so there shouldn't be a ugliest dog contest at all even do they are treated well at home.what if people give surgery to their dog to win a ugliest dog contest I think it is very cold hearted
                • hsproles
                  hsprolesMonday, February 2, 2015 at 7:14 am
                  the dog yoda was the cutest
                  • purpledonut133
                    purpledonut133Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:45 am
                    The first one is SOOOOOOO cute!!
                    • i wont tell😁Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:25 am
                      cute
                      • meowThursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 am
                        so cool ugly but cute too

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