World’s Ugliest Dog

It’s that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality. Peanut’s owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy and she wants to use her pet to raise awareness about animal abuse. She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals’ veterinary bills.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 26 year. The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

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Peanut, a two-year-old mutt is held by Holly Chandler, the owner after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. Chandler and Peanut are from North Carolina. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

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SweePee Rambo, a Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix, is held by owner Jason Wurtz at The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world’s ugliest dog. (Josh Edelson / Getty Images)

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Quasi Modo, whom the owner claims has a back too short for its body, walks on the stage at The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world’s ugliest dog. (AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSONJosh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images ORG XMIT: World’s U)

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Grovie, an eleven-year-old Chinese Pug, from Santa Rosa, California, is photographed before the start of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. (George Nikitin / AP)

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Icky, a Chinese Crested looks over the shoulder of Jon Adler, his owner, before the start of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. (George Nikitin / AP)

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Wally, last year’s winner, walks on the red carpet at The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. (Photo: AFP)

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Josie, a Chinese Crested, sticks out its tongue. (Photo: AFP)

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Yoda, a Xoloitzcuintle, prepares to walk the red carpet during the 2014 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

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Monkey, a Brussells Griffon, walks down the red carpet during the 2014 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

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