Ugliest Dog Winner has Gone to Heaven

    March 16, 2012
    Heather Campobello
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Yoda was a Chinese-crested-Chihuahua mix who weighed 1.8 pounds and won $1000 as well as a trophy 15 times her size last June when she came first in The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition (WUDC) at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. She died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday night at the age of 15; that is 105 in human years.

I recently watched a documentary about this competition titled Worst in Show and was taken aback by the pooch’s Picasso face. Dogs from this breed continue to win the competition over and over again, beating out dogs with abnormalities, heinous scars, and birth defects that are a result of inbreeding.

Yoda was found in a field when she was two; when her owners first saw her they thought she was a rat.

Chinese Cresteds look like Ren from Ren & Stimpy. They have bizarre hair patterns that make them look like they were hit by a semi, carried down a path that winds through a pet cemetery, buried in an indian burial ground, and came back as the undead.

This is Sam, another Chinese Crested and former winner of WUDC:


If Paris Hilton was a zombie, this would be her prized companion.

The breed is known for a myriad of health problems such as a degenerative eye disease, and although Yoda wasn’t the most attractive of dogs in this age of designer breeds, her owner Terry Devine Schumacher said she lived a good life and always told her she was pretty.

Schumacher said she will miss ‘her funny little ways but is “comforted knowing she will be joining my Mom and Dad, who loved her so much. Her memories will live on forever.”

What made Yoda look even more repugnant was her large tongue that constantly dangled out of her mouth.

Yoda shall maintain her title until another dog is crowned as The World’s Ugliest Dog in June.

  • denise

    thank god

    • marcia

      I am so sorry for your loss. I thought your dog was adorable.
      I have a dog and I love her so much. It must be so difficult for you but I hope you can find another dog to love. It is never the same but you can learn to love again.

  • carolyn

    you are beautiful, yoda. the prettiest angel in heaven.

  • http://msn sonya fortakoff

    There is no such thing as an ugly dog. Rest in peace baby

  • Trish

    My heart always goes out to people who lose a beloved pet, but in cases like this my heart goes out to the pet for being forced to suffer far too long. Thank God this poor little soul is finally at peace. See you on the other side of The Bridge sweet baby.

    • john

      Just what makes you an authority as to whether an animal was happy or not? It seems to me she had a much better fate than the millions who are put to sleep or who die in puppy mills

    • http://yahoo.com helen

      i belive in you its soooo sad to people who lose thier dog like one day i lost my chichuaua and i cried for him until my dad cheered me up by buying a wiener dog i still miss my dog but hes in my heart.but still you dont have to heart a dogs feeling even when its ugly just be yourself if you dont want to lose your dog.

  • Roy More

    I think it was Paris Hilton taking out the competition.

  • Wanda

    Animals are like people, some attractive and some not so attractive.I have never seen an ugly dog.I try to get a sense of the dog’s spirit and personality.Everything is beautiful in it’s own way, like the song that Ray Stevens sung.Everything dog is different, but not any ugly.What counts is what is inside.REST IN PEACE YODA.You were beautiful to me.

  • Christine

    Rest in peace little Yoda. You were beautiful in your own way.

  • http://www.facebook.com gem

    I felt so sad about your passing.May you rest in peace,yoda

  • Tammy

    It’s so hard to lose a pet and all dogs go to heaven. Special place for them at “Rainbow Bridge”. RIP YODA.

  • dht

    Only deadhead Californians would think of a contest like this and Yahoo to put it on. Who is to say what is ugly and what isn’t. What is ugly are those who would use anything to make a buck from it. This is just pitiful. Whats next; human beings with deformities such as Downs Syndrome and CP. I hope people who perpetrate this kind of disgusting displays suffer some gruel and unusual punishment before they are done.

  • Beverly

    RIP sweet pups. May God bless your kindhearted owners richly until they are with you again.

  • renee dietchman

    That’s not an ugly dog…that’s a sweet beautiful baby. I hope she and her family left behind are both doing okay right now. Hugs Yoda. You are a princess.

  • http://yahoo.com helen

    rest in peace yoda we’ll miss you we won’t forget you.

  • mary thomas

    I think these contests are awful. Don’t people have anything better to do. How would you like to be the ugliest person in the world.

    • Kathy


    • http://webpronews jim jamail

      Dogs don’t care if there ugly. they only care if there feed and loved.
      look at the attention he got.
      lets face it he was ugly, but at lest the last ten years of his life he was loved. his life was beautiful.RIP

    • James Norfe

      Not so pretty people complain about “Beauty Contests”. Now we have someone, probably a pretty girl, complaining about an ugly contest. Well, we ugly ones like our contests just as much as you pretty ones. And for your information I may well be the ugliest person in the world. I would post my photo, but when I tried to take the picture, my camera blew up. Can’t figure out why.