In the 2023 World's Ugliest Dog Contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, a dog named Scooter emerged as the champion. Scooter, a hairless Chinese Crested dog, was born with deformed back legs and was saved by the Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) rescue group. The contest aims to celebrate the imperfections that make dogs lovable while raising awareness for dog adoption.
As the grand prize winner, Scooter received $1,500, a trophy, and the adoration of the contest's fans. This annual event has been running for over 20 years and showcases unique-looking canines, many of whom are rescues from shelters and puppy mills. The contest not only highlights the beauty of diversity but also emphasizes the importance of finding loving homes for all dogs regardless of their physical appearance.
Previous winners of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest include Mr. Happy Face, Scamp the Tramp, and Zsa Zsa, each with their own distinctive features that captured the hearts of the audience. Alongside the first, second, and third place prizes, the contest also presents awards such as the People's Choice Award and the Spirit Award.
The People's Choice Award is determined by online voting from the community, and this year it was won by Rascal Deux. The Spirit Award recognizes a dog that has overcome obstacles or made significant contributions to their community, and Harold Bartholomew received this honor in 2023.
Overall, the World's Ugliest Dog Contest serves as an entertaining platform to promote dog adoption and celebrate the uniqueness of every canine, reminding us that they deserve love and care irrespective of their physical appearance.