For over 50 years, dogs have been competing in the World's Ugliest Dog contest in California. In this video, I will showcase each winner from 1999 to the present day.
There are different opinions about this contest. Some say, that it is about making fun of ugly dogs and that it is decadent fun for bullies.
The other, including the event organizers and i too am more inclined to this opinion, says that it is all about celebrating the imperfections of dogs, demonstrating that even an ugly dog can be a perfect companion.
Many of these dogs are acutally adopted and as you probably know, cute puppies are often the first to find homes when they are at shelter. However, a cute face doesn't necessarily equate to a better dog, and this contest serves as a prime example. So this show can also encourage adoption of uglier dogs in the shelters.
Sadly, many of these dogs suffer from serious health issues and many of them were born with health defects and conditions, which makes them look differently, and lets say uglier, than your typical puppy. And these defects can make these dogs less beautiful in some peoples eyes, but the truly ugly ones are those who would abandon or harm these dogs solely based on their appearance. Unfortunately, this is often the primary reason why many of these dogs end up in shelters.
Furthermore, the deformities and health issues exhibited by some of these dogs are frequently caused by inbreeding and unscrupulous backyard breeders who prioritize profits over the well-being of the animals. Inbreeding can result in problems such as missing eyes, mismatched ears, abnormally curved backs, disproportionate body types, or dental issues. Thus, this contest not only promotes adoption and celebrates imperfections but also encourages people to consider purchasing dogs from reputable breeders, where the likelihood of obtaining a healthy puppy is significantly higher. Of course, it is not guaranteed, even a certified breeder can produce an unhealthy dog, but the chances of happening are much slimmer.
So in conclusion, in my opinion, this contest has the potential to promote the acceptance of imperfections, encourage adoptions, and help individuals make informed decisions when acquiring a new dog.