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2014 World's Ugliest Dog® Contest

The Voting Has Ended for 2014

Peanut - Holly Chandler - 2014 Winner and 2014 Ugliest Mutt
Quasi Modo - Ugliest Mutt 2nd Place
Scamp - Ugliest Mutt 3rd Place
Sweepee Rambo - 2014 Ugliest Pedigree
Zoomer - Ugliest Pedigree 2nd Place
Yoda - Ugliest Pedigree 3rd Place

 

HOMELY HOUNDS ARE TOP DOGS IN
THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG® CONTEST

HOMELY HOUNDS ARE TOP DOGS IN THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG® CONTEST

 

The old saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is exemplified at the World's Ugliest Dog® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA. The internationally observed event celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them.

For 25 years, the Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man's (or woman's) best friend. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, each proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. They proudly walk both pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowd.

Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian's paperwork asserting that they are healthy.  The World's Ugliest Dog® Contest follows up with a vet check on-site just prior to the contest.  The Sonoma Humane Society is also on site with information showcasing adoptable pets.

A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions.  And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans.  One of the most popular features of the Contest is the Beauty and the Beast Walk featuring Miss Sonoma County royalty walking adoptable pets from the Sonoma Humane Society, Rohnert Park Rescue and Noah's Bark.

Peanut, the 2014 World's Ugliest Dog® winner had been in a shelter for nine months before owner Holly Chandler fell in love and adopted him. She entered the contest to raise awareness for animal rescue.

 

The annual World's Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of "ugly" dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful! Applications are available at Sonoma-MarinFair.org

Contact  wud@sonoma-marinfair.org  for additional information.

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