The World’s Ugliest Dog annual contest may not render the most flattering title to its victor, but don’t tell that to Wild Thang.

The eight-year-old pekingese won this year’s competition on Friday.

Eight dogs vied for the title at the 2024 Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Most of the creatures came from dog shelters before being adopted.

Wild Thang – of Coos Bay, Oregon – has competed in five editions of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest. Friday marked his first victory.

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    The World’s Ugliest Dog annual contest may not render the most flattering title to its victor, but don’t tell that to Wild Thang.

    Wild Thang – of Coos Bay, Oregon – has competed in five editions of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

    He was diagnosed with canine distemper as a 10-week-old puppy, preventing the growth of his teeth and causing muscular disorder in one of his legs.

    Wild Thang’s owner, Ann Lewis, can expect to receive $5,000 for the win and an appearance on NBC’s Today show.

    Rounding out the podium in third place was a white-coated mixed-breed 14-year-old dog named Daisy Mae, who was rescued from the streets at age two and has lost her teeth, hair and vision.

    Judges this year included NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, human rights advocate Linda Witong Abrahm and California’s state treasurer, Fiona Ma.


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