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.”
Posted by John Woestendiek June 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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