World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Getting Fired Up

The 2013 World’s Ugliest Dog® contest is coming on Friday at 6 pm Pacific time. Are you getting excited yet? The annual Petaluma, California event has become a worldwide affair, with people pouring in from around the world to pit their animals against the best for the title of the world’s most hideous dog.

It’s probably time to visit the official World’s Ugliest Dog Facebook page to consider your choices.

You may be laughing, but serious ugly dog owners invest a lot of time and money in grooming their pets for the top prize. Money isn’t really the issue. The top prize is $1,500.

Far more important is the worldwide recognition that comes from owning the world’s ugliest dog. This year’s winner will appear on the Weekend Today Show in New York on the Sunday after the event.

Event organizer Vicki DeArmon told NBC’s

“These are some of the best dog owners in the world. Some of them take it very seriously. I think a few hearts have been broken when they haven’t been the winner.”

About 2,000 people representing as many as 30 dogs are expected to appear at the live event. For most of us, it’s more practical to visit the Facebook site where we can participate in an online poll to vote for the world’s ugliest dog.

One example of a truly ugly dog is 5-year-old Gromit. The pitiful pooch with the horrific underbite is a Chug — half pug, half chihuahua.

I’m not sure if you get extra bonus points for having an off-putting personality, but the note on the Facebook page assures us that Gromit is the proud owner of “a grumpy old man personality.”

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2012’s winner for world’s ugliest dog was Mugly, a Chinese crested with an unfortunate whisker placement. According to The Inquisitr’s report last year, he won on the basis of such features as “a short, crooked snout, beady little eyes, and dramatically long white whiskers hanging over a sideways-underbite.”

Ouch. You can check out our full report on the 8-year-old 2012 world’s ugliest dog by clicking right here.

The 2011 winner Yoda was a Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix that could be considered even more heinous.

Who are you rooting for to win the 2013 world’s ugliest dog contest?

[World’s Ugliest Dog photo via Facebook]