The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has been held annually in Petaluma, California as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair for 25 years. This contest has grown in popularity and is now featured on cable television channel Animal Planet.
Although dog moms and dads who enter their dog mainly come from the United States, anyone can enter. The Chinese Crested, a largely hairless breed, has figured prominently amongst the winners.
This year (2013), the title was awarded to Walle, a beagle, boxer, basset hound mix with a large head and a duck-footed walk. He beat 29 other contestants for the title.
Vicki DeArmon has written a book about the contest which profiles winners, other entrants, and their owners. The pictures really do prove that some creatures are so ugly that they’re cute.
Maybe the dog lover in your pack would like this book for Christmas, or perhaps you should treat yourself?