A blind and nearly hairless 17-year-old Chinese crested Chihuahua-mix named SweePee Rambo has been crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog.
Jason Wurtz, SweePee’s owner, took home on Saturday the $US1500 ($A2000) prize and a trophy from the bizarre annual competition that is part of the Sonoma Marin Fair in California.
Three judges used personality, appearance and the audiences’ reaction to decide the winning dog from dozens of entries.
SweePee, with her glassy eyes, wrinkled skin and small tuft of hair, faced competition from entries such as Zsa-Zsa, an English bulldog with a jutting jaw, protruding teeth and a floppy tongue that hung out of his mouth.
Sweepee’s owner was swarmed by reporters — some from as far away as France and Germany — after the announcement.
In his contest entry, he had expressed appreciation for Sweepee’s “baby-soft freckled skin and legendary blond Mohawk”.
Sweepee, described as a “ride or die chick”, likes riding with her owner on his Honda motorcycle, the entry said.
The winner last year was Quasi Modo, who had a birth defect known as short spine syndrome.
The 16 dogs in this year’s contest had names including Icky, Rue, Roast Beef and Rascal Deux. More than half the entries had bad hair.
This was the 28th year of the competition.