Scooter, a 7-year-old Chinese Crested, was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog on Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. The hairless pup with a protruding tongue and backward hind legs beat out 14 other contestants to take home the title and a $1,500 prize.
Scooter was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes his skin to be hairless. He also has a number of other physical deformities, including backward hind legs and a protruding tongue.
Despite his appearance, Scooter is a loving and affectionate dog. He loves to play fetch and go for walks. He also enjoys cuddling up on the couch with his owner, Linda Celeste Elmquist.
Elmquist rescued Scooter from a shelter when he was just a puppy. She was immediately drawn to his “unique” appearance and his sweet personality.
“He’s a special little guy,” Elmquist said. “He’s got a lot of personality and he’s very loving.”
Scooter’s win is the latest in a string of victories for Chinese Crested dogs in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest. The breed has won the title seven times in the past 10 years.
The World’s Ugliest Dog contest is a fundraiser for the Sonoma-Marin Fair. The event raises money for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
“We’re so happy that Scooter was able to win this year,” said Karen Sohl, the fair’s marketing director. “He’s a great ambassador for all the dogs who are waiting for homes.”
Scooter’s victory has made him a celebrity. He has appeared on national television shows and in magazines. He even has his own Twitter account.
“Scooter is an inspiration to us all,” Elmquist said. “He shows us that it doesn’t matter what you look like, as long as you have love and happiness.”
Scooter’s story is a reminder that beauty is only skin deep. These dogs may not be conventionally attractive, but they are just as loving and deserving of a home as any other dog.
If you’re looking for a furry friend, don’t be afraid to adopt an ugly dog. You might just find your new best friend.