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!


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  • #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.
      • i#jonahTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm
        people axially do this i hate people that do this so mean
        • babygirlTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:21 am
          why do the dogs look so ugly
          • wolftiger3090
            wolftiger3090Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 6:32 am
            stop being rude to those adorable dogs
            • animalsrock
              animalsrockSaturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:40 am
          • carzykat
            carzykatMonday, November 9, 2015 at 9:33 am
            • PeopleFriday, November 6, 2015 at 9:44 am
              They are all good in my eyes
              • joel Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:31 am
                It is sad because people think dogs are really ugly but the owners think there cute but other people think there ugly the owners fell sad that people say that
                • JasmineThursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:28 am
                  The award of the ugliest dog.One thing I learned was a tiny thing could mere 1.8 lbs.
                  • jennac
                    jennacWednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:48 am
                    It's not that ugly ☹️ So disappointed in people voting for ugly dogs
                    • guinea girlThursday, October 22, 2015 at 5:55 pm
                      it is sad ti lookes like some are disabled

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