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2019 Contest Information

Friday, June 21, 2019
Kiwanis Stage, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
Pet Fest: 2: 00 – 8:00 PM
Contest: 6:00 PM
Press Contact:

Entries Open Feb 6, 2019.

World’s Ugliest Dog Press Kit

World’s Ugliest Dog Judges

2018 Winners

Martha – 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog®
Owner: Shirley Zindler

Second Place: Moe – Miriam Tcheng
Third Place: Chase – Storm Shayler
Spirit Award: Precious – Catherine Kennedy

About the Contest

For nearly 30 years, the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest has been a testament that the pedigree does not define the pet. Dogs of all breeds and sizes have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with unconditional love. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

The day begins with pre-contest entertainment and information on pet care and adoption. Each pup and handler will bask in the limelight as they are escorted along the red carpet to show off their unique beauty to the judges, international media, celebrity host, and fans. It’s a wonderful show of pageantry and pride.

And while fun and entertaining, the contest speaks to the importance of advocating for the adoration of all animals and the benefits of adopting. Many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills, to find loving homes in the hands of those willing to adopt. Please join us in raising awareness and support for the pets yet to be placed in a loving home.

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