5. Elwood: Don’t Feed After Midnight
2007′s World’s Ugliest Dog competition introduced us to Elwood, a 2 year-old Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix who won the blue ribbon that year. Elwood’s owners were thrilled to win the competition (and the $1,000 prize money), especially because Elwood’s breeder had planned to euthanize him when he was born because she deemed him “too ugly to sell.”
4. The Infamous Miss Ellie
This Southern Belle won first prize at the World’s Ugliest Dog competition at the Sonoma-Marin fair in 2009 at the age of 17. A Chinese Crested dog who was adopted when she was about seven, Miss Ellie’s looks earned her worldwide media attention.
Miss Ellie was entered to compete again in the 2010 competition but sadly, fate had other plans. She died last November at her home in Tennessee.
3. “Ug” No More
With a face that only a mother could love, this 2 year-old half-blind Pointer mix was abandoned in an animal shelter in England before finally getting lucky. When he was named Britain’s Ugliest Dog in 2010, suddenly hundreds of people flooded the Mayflower Animal Shelter with inquiries about adopting him.
The lucky adoptive “parent” was April Parker, a 35 year-old mother of two. Upon adopting him, Parker’s first order of business was to change his name from “Ug” to a slightly kinder moniker: “Doug.”
2. Munchkin the Mystery Mutt
Munchkin is perhaps one of the most decorated ugly dogs in recent history, having won several competitions for Ugly Dogs/Mutts and been featured on television and print media outlets all over the world.
Her breed is completely indeterminable; her vet calls her a “Canardly,” as in “Can hardly tell [what she is].” Munchkin snorts when she walks (waddles?) and has wiry gray hair around her neck that sticks out on its own without the use of any combing or hair products.
1. Sam, Crypt-Keeper Dog
He looked like a cross between the Crypt-Keeper and a Gremlin, which made registered Chinese Crested dog Sam a shoo-in to win the “World’s Ugliest Dog” competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California in 2005. That was the third year in a row that Sam had won this dubious title.
Sadly, the 14-year-old Sam suffered from a myriad of health problems. He died of cancer in November of 2005.