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World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest

June 21 @ 5:00 pm

Three individuals are seated at a table with microphones and papers. The person on the left, who has red hair, is eagerly petting a scruffy gray dog that stands on the table. The group radiates excitement as they celebrate their entry in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, evident from their wide smiles and animated gestures.

For nearly 50 years, the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest has been a testament that the pedigree does not define the pet. Dogs of all breeds and sizes have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with unconditional love. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

The day begins with pre-contest entertainment and information on pet care and adoption. Each pup and handler will bask in the limelight as they show off their unique beauty to the judges, media, host, and fans. It’s a wonderful show of pageantry and pride.

And while fun, the contest speaks to the importance of advocating for the adoration of all animals and the benefits of adopting. Many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills, to find loving homes in the hands of those willing to adopt. Please join us in raising awareness and supporting the pets yet to be placed in a loving home.

Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian’s paperwork asserting that they are healthy.  The World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest follows up with a vet check on-site just prior to the contest.  Animal rescue and adoption groups are also on-site with information showcasing adoptable pets.

The annual World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of “ugly” dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful!


June 21
5:00 pm
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Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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