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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  • meem
    meemFriday, January 22, 2016 at 8:36 am
    There so ugly there cute
    • princess ciciFriday, January 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm
      this is okay ,but it is a kinda cute dog
      • Doggirl57Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm
        Cute do does not matter if dog is ugly
        • doggirl57
          doggirl57Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm
          I feel bad for the dogs who have to participate. It does not matter about appearance. Its about the love you have for your dog. People buy ugly dogs for competitions! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • meem
            meemFriday, January 22, 2016 at 8:38 am
            Sometimes its ok to be ugly
          • dog loverWednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:33 am
            ok yes i am a dog lover but that dog is UGLY!
            • animalsrock
              animalsrockSaturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:46 am
              I dissagree
              • animalsrock
                animalsrockSaturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:38 am
                THATS RUDE
              • rc99130
                rc99130Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5:34 am
                wow
                • jonathan6
                  jonathan6Monday, November 30, 2015 at 8:11 am
                  why do they have a competition for the worlds most ugly dog. it is not there falt how they look.
                  • That's sadWednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
                    That's really really sad I mean I feel like they beat the oh or something to make it look like that
                    • #K16Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:32 am
                      Why do people think the dogs are so ugly, they are cute. It's mean to the dog to call them ugly.
                      • cool catWednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:58 am
                        Cute they are cute they are not that ugly.

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