Ugliest Dog Fetches Owner Cash Prize

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2009 6:01 AM CDT
The Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" won the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Elwood weighed just 6 lbs and was rescued as the result of a New Jersey SPCA investigation.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – He may not look like much, but boxer-mix Pabst dug up $1,600 for his owner by winning the annual World's Ugliest Dog contest. Rescued from an animal shelter by Californian Miles Egstad, Pabst and his remarkable looks—a pronounced under-bite, crumpled face, and floppy ears—took first prize in the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest.

Beyond the money, Pabst also dragged home pet supplies and a modeling contract with House of Dog. Former champion Rascal, a pedigree Chinese Crested, was unable to retain the crown, losing to Pabst in an upset. A blind 15-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless named Miss Ellie took the pedigree category.