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Bald spots, crooked teeth and hunchbacks: The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is back

June 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM ET

For this competition, it pays to be ugly.

A crop of homely canines are getting ready for the 26th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, to be held Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

Contestants are reported to be coming to the fair from throughout the country to participate, where they are judged in four areas: first impressions, unique features, audience reaction and personality. The winner will not only get the flattering title of the World’s Ugliest Dog, but it will also walk away with a cash prize of $1,500.

While the event may seem like a cruel joke, its organizers insist that it's more about showing off the dogs' inner beauty. 

"The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest is not about making fun of ugly dogs," reads a press release from the organizers, "but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful."

Take a look at some of this year’s top contenders and vote for the dog that you think should walk away with the top title. 

Addie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog

Auggie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Boogie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Cupake L

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Cupcake T

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Cyndy Loo Whoo

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Faith

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Grovie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Josie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Macie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Monkey

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Peanut

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Quasi Modo

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Rascal

March 2006 Sunnyvale, Ca. USA
Here is some info on Rascal, “The World’s Ugliest Dog”.
 
Rascal, The only living and competing Ugly dog to hold the cov...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Reggie

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Rue

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Shorty

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Sweepee Rambo

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Willie Bean Walker

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Yoda

World's Ugliest Dog Contest
World's Ugliest Dog Contest


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