50 Ugly Dogs That Are Still So Darn Cute

For nearly 30 years, ugly dogs have vied for the crown in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Check out these top contenders!

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The world’s ugliest dogs

Even ugly dogs can be cute, especially when they flash those puppy dog eyes and snuggle up next to you. So many people agree that ugly dogs are adorable that the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has been held annually for almost 30 years. Owners from around the globe bring their pups to Petaluma, California, to celebrate each and every dog’s unique beauty. The dogs walk up and down the red carpet in front of judges, international media, celebrity hosts, and fans.

The contest promotes the love of all dogs and encourages people to adopt because many of the contestants came from shelters and puppy mills. Not every dog has to meet the kennel club’s pedigree standards to be a great addition to any home. Read on to take a look at some of the adorable contestants from the past few years.

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Scamp the Tramp

Look at those locks.

Find out which ingredients you don’t want in your dog’s food.

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Rico gives out a constant wink.

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This enthusiastic pup knows how to smile for the camera.

If you like these ugly dogs, you’ll also want to check out these hilarious dog memes.

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Look at that sweet face.

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This adorable pup loves long car rides and meeting new people.

Here’s what your dog’s tail is trying to tell you.

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Rascal Deux

Look at her style. Rascal has appeared on America’s Got Talent and the cover of a magazine.

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That tongue is ready to give kisses all day long.

Here are the warning signs your pet may be overweight.

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This little 1.8 kg chihuahua lives with 9 other rescue dogs.

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This Mastiff/American Staffordshire mix is the most gentle giant.

If you’re a dog owner, these hilarious dog cartoons will make you chuckle.

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This 13-year-old teacup chihuahua still looks like a puppy.

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Josie doesn’t need any jewellery to make her one of the cutest ugly dogs.

Here are more awesome dog breeds you’ve never heard of.

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TeeTee is a Crestie Mix from Arizona with a great sense of humour, strong spirit, and a cute little tongue.

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Wild Thang

Look at that fluff!

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Rooby Roux

Rooby Roux is completely blind and has two seeing eye humans.

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That cute combover won the hearts of this pup’s parents.

Here are 11 warning signs your dog is suffering from heat stroke.

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Miss Moogie

Moogie weighs only 2 kg but has a big heart.

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Willie Wonka

Willie, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, is only 7 months old but already has a following on Instagram, has met some pretty cool celebrities, and even made an appearance on TV.

Want a fur baby without all the fur? These dog breeds barely shed.

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Puka always has a big smile on her face.

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Meatloaf’s nicknames include Meaty, Meat Monster, Mystery Meat, and Beefsquatch.

Find out what your dog’s bad breath could be trying to tell you.

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Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa’s adorable face and swaying tongue won him first place in 2018’s World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. Many of these dogs were left on the streets or abandoned, but now they have a loving home.

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The year before Zsa Zsa took home the blue ribbon, Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, won first in the 2017 competition.

Find out the world’s largest dog breeds.

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Mrs. Kravitz

Those pointy ears and happy tongue would make anyone fall in love with this pup.

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Daisy’s favourite place to be is half asleep in her mom’s arms.

Discover Canada’s most popular dog names.

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Moe the pug loves being showed off to the crowd at the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

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Chase, a Chinese Crested Harke, came all the way from Wales to compete for the World’s Ugliest Dog. It was worth it because he placed third in the 2017 competition.

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This chihuahua got a few bonus points for sporting this adorable polka-dot outfit.

Check out more adorable pug pictures here!

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Sweepee Rambo

Sweepee Rambo swept the competition and took home first place in the 2016 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

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Smeagle sniffs out the competition.

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There is nothing icky about this adorable dog with the cutest fauxhawk.

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On top of being known as one of the cutest ugly dogs around, Mugly is also a therapy dog.

If you’ve noticed that your own dog is acting a little weird, these could be the reasons behind their strange behaviour.

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Quasi Modo

This pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix was born with spinal problems, but that doesn’t stop him from being the happiest dog he can be.

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Zoomer blocked out the competition with his big hair.

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Rue took home third place in the 2016 competition.

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Reggie has the sweetest eyes that get his owners to give him lots of treats.

Psst—this is why dogs spin around before they poop.

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This mutt competed in 2015.

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Frodo is sticking his tongue out in hopes of getting some food

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Morris isn’t going to let anyone at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest wipe the serious look off his face.

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Cyndy Loo Whoo

Cyndy Loo Whoo would fit in great in a Dr. Seuss book.

Can you guess this dog’s breed based on one picture?

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With a name like Bubbers how could you ever get mad at this little guy?

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Blanquito’s unique skin and crazy hair make him a perfect fit among all of these ugly dogs.

These affectionate dog breeds love to cuddle!

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We can’t get enough of that smile.

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Peanut was the winner of the 2014 competition. His owner proudly shows her off to the crowd.

Check out the cutest dog breeds as puppies.

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Sophie is one of the many chihuahuas that competes in the ugly dog competition. They’re so tiny!

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Mayzie Brown

Mayzie proudly walks across the stage at the 2013 competition. All of that fluff is sure to make her a top contender.

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Walle is a Beagle Bassett Hound and Boxer Mix. He won the competition in 2013, it was probably because of that adorable smile.

These funny animal pictures are sure to put a smile on your face!

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Boolah is a little shy and snuggles up to his mom on stage.

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This pup is so happy to be out and about with her dad that she doesn’t even care about winning.

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Elli Mae

Ellie Mae is a Chinese Crested and you will rarely see her with her tongue in her mouth.

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Roo won the Pedigree Part of the 25th Anniversary World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

Check out more adorable dog breeds that stay small.

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Pabst’s cute teeth won him first place in 2010.

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