Ugly is in the eye of the beholder — especially for the judges of 29 dogs vying to win the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair's Ugly Dog Contest.
Image 1 of 9 Josie, a Chinese Crested from Tucson, Arizona, at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP Image 2 of 9 Zoomer, a Chinese Crested from Davis, California, poses during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP Image 3 of 9 Quasi Modo, an 8-year-old mixed breed from Florida, walks across the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petalu Image 4 of 9 Icky, a Chinese Crested, looks over the shoulder of owner Jon Adler, at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California. Photo / AP Image 5 of 9 SweePee Rambo, a Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix, is held by its owner during World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP Image 6 of 9 Two-year-old Peanut poses proudly in front of the winning trophies. Photo / AP Image 7 of 9 Peanut, a two-year-old mutt, the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP Image 8 of 9 Grovie, an 11-year-old Chinese Pug from Santa Rosa, California, is photographed before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP Image 9 of 9 Two-year-old Peanut won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo / AP
Peanut took the top prize of US$1,500 ($1,700) with nearly 1,800 online votes. He was in an animal shelter for nine months before he found a home.
"While his face has scared away many, it has melted my heart," his owner said online.
"Don't let his teeth scare you! He isn't growling. He is smiling, because of his hardships as a puppy ."
Quasi Modo, who was also rescued from a shelter, had multiple birth defects to his spine, his owner said. His back is too short for the rest of his body, but he still runs, jumps and plays and enjoys life.
Owners travelled from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida to compete. One criteria the judges considered is the pooch's personality.