Ugliest Dog in World Wins Modeling Contract

The winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest for 2010 was awarded a $1,000 House of Dog modeling contract and $1,000 in prize money. The top dog was Princess Abbey. She was adopted five months ago from a shelter.

Kathleen Francis adopted her, and has been very pleased, “She’s my best friend. Abby’s done more for me that I’ve done for her”. Princess Abbey won the fourteen dog Pedigree division first. Then she bested the winner of the mutt division to take the crown. The annual event includes a Dog Lover’s Festival and a fashion show with the theme Ugly is the New Beautiful. For the last 22 years, the Sonoma-Marin Fair has been conducting this contest.

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Zuzana K.
Zuzana K.4 years ago

It is so mean to refer to an animal as ugly. At least these modelling people have the sense to not impose such unkind narrow labels that are shallow. Animals are inherently beautiful becuase of their lack of malice - which people - like those who refer to the dog as ugly, do have .

KARLOLINA G.4 years ago

No animal is ugly, however, HUMANS are.

Michele Wilkinson

No animal is ugly.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

New G.
W. C.4 years ago


Jennifer E.
Jennifer E.6 years ago

I'm in agreement with most of these comments, I don't think Princess is ugly either. It is quite obvious she's faced hard times and wonderful she's found a lifelong friend.

Victoria Day
Victoria Day6 years ago

My two year old just pointed to the screen and stated, 'Doggy pretty toes!' You have to love blind innocence and sincerity.

Luna Starr
luna starr6 years ago

I am a cat person but this sweetie is so precious

Justin K.
Justin K.6 years ago

i love dogs

Lupe G.
Guadalupe G.6 years ago

Ugly = attitude! ; b

Cesar C.
Cesar C.6 years ago

Yeah it may seem rather cruel to call these dogs "ugly", but when you look at it in a different light this contest makes us take notice of the uniqueness in each animal. You can see how much these dogs are loved by their human companions in spite of their unusual appearance. Maybe we are just too brainwashed by a beauty-obsessed society that we resent their being called ugly...