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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  • Gracie2468Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:44 am
    Wow those dogs are ugly!!!! But they are cute!! :)
    • knWednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:27 am
      wow!! itis kind of ugly kind of cute !! wow!!
      • faithandoreoMonday, January 12, 2015 at 9:37 am
        honestly i do not but I am writing an opinion piece and i do not wanna be the only one who do not think it is ugly.
        • ZagyxfgbhjnTuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:49 am
          SO UGLY
          • purpledonut133
            purpledonut133Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:46 am
            SOOOOOOO NOT!!
          • persondude
            persondudeMonday, December 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm
            what how could someone think he was a rat? I mean he is ugly but he is still a dog.
            • purpledonut133
              purpledonut133Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:47 am
              He is not even that ugly
            • elisabeth82
              elisabeth82Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm
              No dogs are ugly no matter what they look like because they have a heart and fellings
              • dragonwolf
                dragonwolfWednesday, December 10, 2014 at 8:53 am
                No dogs are ugly what would you do if you were ‘worlds ugliest person‘
                • w0lfl0ver4life
                  w0lfl0ver4lifeMonday, December 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm
                  youre right no dog is ugly its a opinon
                  • awesome79086
                    awesome79086Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm
                    elisabeth82 is right who's with me !!!!
                  • calebThursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:54 am
                    bad dogs
                    • dragonwolf
                      dragonwolfTuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:58 am
                      How are they bad dogs
                    • dragonbreath
                      dragonbreathWednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:06 am
                      I still say no dog is ugly
                      • whatthe?Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:33 am
                        poor dogs lived in torment of the title ugly a word that will self damein them for life these people will pay KARAMA I SAY KARMA!
                        • bobgurl
                          bobgurlTuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:21 am
                          i feel real bad. that pug tho.

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