Here at The Gentle Pit, we think all dogs are beautiful. However, since the late 1980s, there has been a World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Full disclaimer -- all of these so-called “ugly” dogs are still pretty darn cute. Over the past three decades, the Sonoma-Marin Fair, located in Petaluma, California, puts on the competition every summer. Unfortunately, the annual event did not happen in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 contest also has been postponed, and there may be a competition later this year.
The last winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest was Scamp the Tramp, whose name was changed to Scamp the Champ following his 2019 win. While speaking to The Today Show, in June 2019, the very good boy’s owner, Yvonne Morones, said the pint-sized rescue pup had entered the contest four times before winning and was the runner-up in 2018. She also noted that Scamp is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.
“When people first meet him they go 'oh he's kind of scary,’ and then he wins them over with his sparkling personality,” said Morones.
When Scamp won first place, he was presented with $1500, and another $1500 was donated to the Humane Society of Sonoma County and Compassion Without Borders on his behalf. Morones revealed she and Scamp planned on spending his money by going on a vacation to Florida.
While some people may find the competition mean-spirited, it actually spotlights some incredible dogs, who are typically rescues and just happen to be a little silly-looking. According to the event’s website, during the event “animal rescue and adoption groups are also on site with information showcasing adoptable pets,” which we think is absolutely amazing!
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