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The 2023 World's Ugliest Dog Contest is now accepting entries

Akhil A Pillai

The World's Ugliest Canine competition is now accepting submissions for all the adorable pups that may not fit the conventional standard of beauty. This contest has been highlighting dogs with unique appearances for almost half a century. According to the competition's website, their objective is to celebrate the imperfections that make each dog special and one-of-a-kind.

The contest aims to have fun with these wonderful canine characters while demonstrating to the world that these dogs are actually beautiful, and it's not about ridiculing them for being "ugly." The competition will be held on June 23 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California, and interested participants need to submit an entry form, a brief biography, a photograph, and their furry friend's vaccination records before June 21. It's a lighthearted event that acknowledges the lovable qualities of all dogs, regardless of their looks.

Unlike other canine competitions that categorize dogs by breed or type, the World's Ugliest Dog Competition places all contestants in a single group, as stated in the application guidelines. The winning dog will receive a cash prize of $1,500, along with a trophy proclaiming them the "World's Ugliest Dog." The second and third-place finishers will be awarded $1,000 and $500, respectively.

In addition to these prizes, dogs may also win the "Spirit Award," which recognizes dogs and owners who have overcome obstacles or provided service to the community based on the dog's biography. There is also the "People's Choice Award," determined by an online vote.

The competition also emphasizes the importance of promoting the love of all animals, particularly rescue and mixed-breed dogs. The contest encourages the adoption of such animals and highlights the benefits of doing so.

Last year's champion, Mr.Happy Face, was a 17-year-old rescue dog with almost no hair, a protruding tongue, and a heartwarming backstory. He was saved from Arizona in 2021 with a hoarding situation.

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