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2014 World's Ugliest Dog® Contest


1. Complete & Sign Entry Form

2. Mail, Email or Fax Entry Form with Proof of Vaccinations to the Sonoma-Marin Fair. 

2014 World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest Entry Form

2014 World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest Rules

Friday, June 20,2014


The old saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is exemplified at the World's Ugliest Dog® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA. The internationally observed event celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them.

For 25 years, the Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man's (or woman's) best friend. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, each proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. They proudly walk both pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowd.

Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian's paperwork asserting that they are healthy and are "naturally ugly".  The World's Ugliest Dog® Contest follows up with a vet check on-site just prior to the contest.  The Sonoma Humane Society is also on site with information and their Tail Waggin' van showcasing adoptable pets.

A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions.  And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans.  One of the most popular features of the Contest is the Beauty and the Beast Walk featuring Miss Sonoma County royalty walking adoptable pets from the Sonoma Humane Society.

Rascal, owned by actor Dane Andrews has appeared in many movies, tv shows and even newscasts and is a sought after "celebrity guest" at functions all over the United States and Canada. Rascal, a healthy 6 lb. critter with hairless body, crooked face and missing teeth, has been a multi-year winner.Dane and Rascal have found a mission through the World's Ugliest Dog contest, and that is to use any and all notoriety from their numerous TV, film and print appearances to help bring attention to animal rescue, spay & neuter.

Jon Adler rescued Icky from a hoarder situation, just one in a long line of rescues by his family including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles. He finds that rescued animals are the most grateful members of all.  Jon and Icky make many public appearances and school presentations on the topic of embracing differences and bullying.

The annual World's Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of making fun of "Ugly" dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful!


Note: Dogs are not allowed at the fair with the exception of World’s Ugliest Dog ® Contestant dogs, dogs in the programming described above, and assistance dogs.

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