World's ugliest dog crowned

2007-06-23 11:12
<b>The Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" took the spoils at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. (Ben Margot, AP)</b>

The Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" took the spoils at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. (Ben Margot, AP)

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California - Elwood, a two-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog, a distinction that delighted the mutt's owners.

Elwood, dark colored and hairless - save for a mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head - is often referred to as "Yoda", or "ET", for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.

"I think he's the cutest thing that ever lived," said Elwood's owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair on Friday. Elwood placed second last year.

Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Quigley said she rescued Elwood two years ago. "The breeder was going to euthanise him because she thought he was too ugly to sell," said Quigley.

"So ha ha, now Elwood's all over the internet and people love him and adore him."

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $1 000 reward for his owner.

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