While most doggy fashion shows and personality contests are concerned with how beautiful a pup may be, one contest aims to buck that trend in spectacular fashion. This Friday, The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, will take place once again.
What makes an "ugly" dog, and just what do they think of the attention they receive? The event’s Marketing Director Karen Spencer took the time to explain all to the Daily Mail: "Some have unusual teeth, unusual hair, sometimes they are Bulldogs who always look silly due to their bottom teeth, there’s always a real variety… The dogs love it, they get so much attention, get petted, treats, and told how cute they are."
Despite misconceptions that the contest is an attempt to ridicule non-conventional looking dogs, it's actually a wonderful opportunity for dogs around the world to be celebrated. "Despite being in an ugly dog competition so many people tell them 'you're so ugly you're cute,' it’s all about their inner beauty. We really work hard to show the world that dogs that have deformities or unusual characteristics are still very lovable and adoptable. They're still beautiful inside and often they are the dogs who struggle to find homes from dog shelters," Karen explained. "Most owners of our contestants tell us they picked a dog that has been left in a shelter for a long period of time and because nobody wanted to adopt them."
Well, we think the contest is doing a fabulous job to celebrate the contestants, and dogs everywhere, regardless of their looks. If you can't wait until Friday to get a glimpse of these odd-looking but nonetheless lovable pups, feel free to browse the Sonoma-Marin Fair's gallery of previous winners. You can also enter your own pup here.
This year's bunch has a lot to live up to, and we wish them all the best of luck – here's hoping they enjoy their experiences up on stage.