Two-Year-Old Peanut Crowned 'World's Ugliest Dog'

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On Friday, June 20th, 29 dogs along with their doting owners came to Petaluma, Californian to participate in a rather unusual competition - one that seeks out and honors the World's Ugliest Dog'. Now in its 26th year, the contest is one of the biggest attractions at the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Among the leading contenders were Cupcake, a Pug/Poodle/Maltese mix who was adopted from a local dog rescue center in January and Shorty, a Lab/Corgi mix who would have been put to sleep, had it not been picked up by its current owner. Also competing was 11-year-old veteran Grovie. Described by his owner as short and funny, the Chinese Pug is a local resident who has participated in this contest several times. Then there was 2002 'World's Ugliest Dog' and 'Ring of Champions' winner, Rascal. The 7lbs naturally hairless pooch with very few teeth, comes from an impressive pedigree - his grandfather Chi Chi, holds the Guinness World Record for winning the 'World's Ugliest Dog' title, seven times!

But all these impressively 'ugly' dogs had no chance against Peanut who flew in all the way from Greenville, North Carolina. The two-year-old shelter dog was badly burnt in a fire which caused him to lose his lips, most of his body hair and eyelids. As a result, his eyes constantly water. Add some sharp teeth to the mix and you get an ominous looking pooch. Of course his loving owner Holly Chandler believes that all these unusual features just add to Peanut's persona. In addition to winning the prestigious title, $1,500 USD in cash and a large trophy, the first time entrant also enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to New York City where he made scheduled appearances on the Today Show and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Though the competition may seem derogatory to some people, it is a fun event organized by an animal psychiatrist who vets the dogs before the event to ensure they are healthy, and also has a 'pep' or should we say 'pet' talk to confirm they are happy and well-taken care of. The competition is also an excellent way to honor these pooches, many of whom owe their unusual looks to human abuse. But most importantly, it raises awareness for their adoption by showing the world that physical detractions do not prevent dogs from becoming loving pets.

Resources: sonoma-marinfair.org, abcnews.go.com,cbsnews.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • mzepeda983
    mzepeda983Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:11 am
    that dog is so sweet and adorable!
    • chacewolfdragon
      chacewolfdragonThursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:02 pm
      that poor dog who could burn a puppy and then just give the dog away. i would be proud to have the dog and even know that even after the dog was burned that my dog was still alive. :)
      • kittylover111
        kittylover111Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:37 am
        My cat's named peanut and she weighs 17 pounds as a orange tabby.
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandSaturday, June 12, 2021 at 8:54 am
          Peanut is a cute name!
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandWednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:27 am
          Theres nothing ugly about the cute dog, why do they call it ugly???
          • lilly2020
            lilly2020Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:19 am
            that dog is kindo sweet and adorable!
            • cupcakekitty8
              cupcakekitty8Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:10 pm
              What that’s rude!!! Why would people crown a dog for being ugly??? That makes no sense everyone is special in their own way. I can’t believe someone thought of this. It’s ridiculous! That dog is cute not ugly.
              • bookfan2008
                bookfan2008Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 8:23 am
                This is seems a bit rude in my opinion. I don't think any dog should be crowned "worlds ugliest dog".All dogs are different and unique in their own special ways.
                • onceaponaend
                  onceaponaendSunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:46 pm
                  That is what the WHOLE COMPETITION IS ABOUT!
                • dream_beyond
                  dream_beyondSunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:41 am
                  That is rude! I mean I wouldn't like being crowned worlds ugliest person, no one would! Why would people want their dog to be crowned 'World's Ugliest Dog'?
                  • onceaponaend
                    onceaponaendSunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:45 pm
                    No offense, but you didn't watch the video, did you? They said in there that it wasn't about they look, it's about what they are on the inside. :)
                  • kittylover111
                    kittylover111Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 6:17 am
                    omg sooo nice! That doggy deserves to have lots of prizes, (Not a crown that says ugly,) cause it is so unique!!
                    • jkbear
                      jkbearTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:48 pm
                      it's cute not ugly