PETALUMA (KRON) — The world’s ugliest dog has been crowned at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
Quasi Modo, a short-spined dog from Loxahatcheee, Florida, won the title over 26 other candidates. According to the chief judge, Brian Sobel, Quasi Modo was selected because he “epitomized excellence in ugliness.”
The judges scored the dogs on natural ugliness, personality and audience impression, unusual attributes, and first impressions.
Many of the contestants were rescued from shelters and puppy mills, according to the fair’s marketing director Karen Spencer.
Quasi Modo’s outer ugly topped a competition favorite, Rascal Deux, a dog from the San Francisco Bay Area, who is a 5th generation winner in a family of dogs that have won previous contests.
For winning, Quasi’s owner will take home a check for $1500 and a makeover on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Runners up received smaller cash prizes and gifts from Paradise Pet Resorts, according to fair Spencer.