World’s ugliest dog contest crowns Mr Happy Face, with judges praising his ‘twisted head’ and ‘hairless body’

With a tuft of punk-style hair and a tongue constantly sticking out the side of his mouth, a dog named Mr Happy Face has been crowned the world’s ugliest dog.

The 17-year-old Chinese Crested beat out nine competitors on Friday (local time) at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, a decades-old event held annually in Petaluma, California.

The champion was adopted last year by a 41-year-old musician from Arizona, Jeneda Benally.

“During the pandemic, I had hoped to have a baby or adopt a dog. As having a baby would have been an act of God, I chose to adopt a dog,” Ms. Benally said while introducing Mr. Happy Face to the competition. .

At the shelter, she said she was told about an older dog with health issues, a creature who “might be inbred because he was so ugly.”

Jeneda Benally was once told that her dog was a creature that “could be inbred because he was so ugly”.(AFP: JOSH EDELSON )

“The shelter staff tried to prepare me for what I was about to see. I saw a creature that was indeed old, needed a second chance and deserved to be loved,” the proud owner said. , which also took home a winner’s prize of US$1,500 (over $2,000).

She said that Mr. Happy Face had once lived with a hoarder and the conditions were abysmal.

Vets said that with his poor health, the dog could only live for a few weeks.

A little hairless dog rests during the contest for the ugliest dog in the world
Mr Happy Face is resting before the start of the competition.(AFP: Josh Edelson)

“Mom’s love, kindness and kisses helped him defy the anticipated short life we ​​all expected of him with our family.

“Mr Happy Face is wonderful. I love his crooked head, his hairless body. He’s all pimply. And he’s just adorable but ugly at the same time,” said Dave Rupiper, one of the judges and local vet at the ‘East Petaluma Animal. Hospital.

‘All dogs are special and unique’

A dog named Josie sported similar hair to the character Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movie franchise, according to one of the judges.

2019 runner-up Wild Thang, a 6-year-old Pekingese with more hair than body and no teeth to hold his tongue in his mouth, took second place, while a 12-year-old Blue Brussels Griffon named Monkey won. third.

A woman brushes a small long-haired dog in the world's ugliest dog competition
2019 runner-up Ann Lewis’ Wild Thang was one of nine other competitors in this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.(AFP: Josh Edelson)

Other contestants included a hairless Mexican named Morita, who was found on the streets of Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and brought to the United States via the Santa Rosa Compassion without Borders relief organization.

A pair of pugs – both coincidentally rescued separately from Asia and now living at the Pug Hotel Senior Sanctuary in Sonoma County – also competed.

“Dogs of all breeds and sizes have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with unconditional love,” contest organizers said.

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