By Alissa Anderegg
A new Miss USA may have been crowned earlier this month, but another queen has just stolen the national spotlight. And she has four paws and a tail.
Meet Sweepee Rambo, the Chinese Crested Chihuahua that won the title of the World’s Ugliest Dog Friday night in Petaluma, California.
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The annual anti-beauty pageant brought together seventeen pooches all vying for the $1,500 top prize. Each was judged on a variety of oddities including appearance, smell and complexion.
Although the competition was stiff, Sweepee– 17 years old, blind, bow-legged and almost completely hairless– reigned supreme.
But the competition isn’t about about poking fun of the contestants. Rather, organizers insist that the goal is “having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful!”
Classically cute? Probably not. Adorable? Indeed.
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Take a look at some other beautiful pooches that made it into the World’s Ugliest Dog Hall of Fame!
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Quasimodo, a 10-year old Pit Bull and Dutch Shepherd mix, wowed the judges with his hunchback in 2015.
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Peanut, a mutt from North Carolina, took home the title in 2014. Check out that smile!
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Walle, the beagle/boxer/basset hound mix, beat out 29 other competitors in 2013.
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Mugly, a Chinese Crested from the U.K., won over the judges with his sassy scowl in 2012.
Yoda, a Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix, claimed the 2011 title.
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