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Pabst takes blue ribbon as ugliest dog


Pabst, a boxer mix with a serious underbite, took top honors in  Friday’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Marin- Sonoma Fair.

Pabst beat out five Chinese Cresteds — the breed that traditionally takes top honors in the competition — including a former world champion  named Rascal to take first place.

Pabst  fetched $1,600 in prize money, a modeling contract, and a table-full of collars, leashes and toys.

Pabst’s victory was an upset of sorts. The hairless and awkward-appearing Chinese Crested breed has dominated the contest for over seven years.

The onwer of Pabst, Miles Egstad, said he named his dog for his “bitter beer face.”

The annual contest started back in 1976. This year’s judges included Jon Provost, who played Timmy on “Lassie”; Karen “Doc” Halligan from “Groomer Has It,” “Dog Tales,” and “Animal Rescue 911”; and Sonoma-Marin Fair board member Brian Sobel.

Egstad said  Pabst was originally rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy about 4 years ago. He recalls once being told by a friend, “I’m so glad you adopted Pabst, because I don’t know if anyone else would!”

Pabst sports a two-inch underbite, a large burn scar on his stomach and his nails grow in any direction they feel, his owner says. 

“Needless to say Pabst gets attention everywhere he goes,” he said. “In all actuality Pabst enjoys taking lots of naps and laying in the sun, and he is not the scary looking dog his teeth make him out to be.”


Comment from Kris
Time June 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Um, Pabst is a DOGUE DE BORDEAUX (aka French Mastiff), not a boxer mix. This is it’s own breed! Huge congrats to Pabst and his owner!

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time June 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Both the Ugliest Dog Contest officials and Pabst’s owner say he’s a boxer mix … but I guess they could be wrong.

Comment from Marie
Time June 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

This dog looks slightly like a rhino….and is way better looking than any Chinese Crested. I didn’t know another breed could win this contest.

Comment from JR
Time June 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm

He definitely falls into the “so ugly he’s cute” category. Congrats!