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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  • emmaSunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:28 am
    people are soooooooooo heartless! did anybody know that people are actually destroying animals homes in the forest because we are cutting down trees?=(
    • liaSaturday, March 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm
      people now a days are heartless
      • awesomenessSunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm
        Poor things
        • jaydude
          jaydudeMonday, February 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm
          oh come on they should of let the weird black dog win.
          • edmodo-cakyquyqvr
            edmodo-cakyquyqvrMonday, February 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm
            mean!!!! :( not happy!!!
            • rainbowunicorn
              rainbowunicornMonday, February 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm
              they cant help it!:(
              • jd319
                jd319Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm
                that so sad the way "it" looks!
                • tashadtasha
                  tashadtashaMonday, February 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm
                  this is so mean. Dogs have feelings. Lets say we did the worlds ulgliest person. That what its like with dogs they have feelings.
                  • poppy132
                    poppy132Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm
                    so crool and mean
                    • tashadtasha
                      tashadtashaMonday, February 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm
                      I couldn't read this article. Because it was so terrible. :(

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