This Year's 'World's Ugliest Dog' Is Unconventionally Adorable

Her owner describes her as a "ride or die chick."

Just to clarify: We know all dogs are beautiful.

And that’s kind of the point of The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, a canine not-beauty pageant held annually in Petaluma, California. It’s less about making fun of the dogs and more about appreciating those pups that are a little, uh, unconventional-looking.

And this year’s winner was definitely unconventional-looking.

Owner Jason Wurtz holds up Sweepee Rambo.
Owner Jason Wurtz holds up Sweepee Rambo.

Sweepee Rambo, a 17-year-old Chinese-crested chihuahua, took home the glory (and a $1,500 prize) Friday night, The New York Times reports. She has competed in the contest three times previously but never won before now, according to ABC News.

Jason Wurtz and Sweepee Rambo.
Jason Wurtz and Sweepee Rambo.

Her official contest bio describes her as a “ride or die chick” and notes that she was rescued from a dog pound. It also says that the blue-eyed girl has become blind in her old age.

Sweepee Rambo's owner, Jason Wurtz, told ABC that he originally gave the little dog to his then-wife as a gift, but when they divorced, he wound up taking the dog because his ex thought she was too ugly (We kind of see why they split).

She took the crown from last year’s winner, a spunky, short-spined mixed breed named Quasi Modo.

Correction: Due to a typo, a previous version of this story stated that the prize was $15,000. The prize is $1,500.



World's Ugliest Dog Contest 2016