The 2016 world's 'ugliest dog' has been revealed

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The 2016 World's 'Ugliest Dog' Has Been Revealed

The 28th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest was held on Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and after much anticipation, the final decision has been made.

The 2016 winner is 17-year-old Sweepee Rambo, a blind Chinese crested Chihuahua.

Some of the other contestants included:

  • Rooby Roux, a dog blinded by glaucoma with Eddie Munster hair in the front and 80s mullet in the back.
  • Katana, a 7-year-old whose owner rescued her from a confined pet store cage in Japan.
  • Rascal Deux, a naturally hairless, mostly toothless small dog who is the descendant of several ugly dog contest winners.
  • Grovie, a 13-year-old diabetic Chinese Pug with respiratory issues whose appearance has been compared to that of an Ewok.


Despite the contest's name, the real focus isn't on the dogs' appearance or pedigree but rather, on their inner beauty.

As Erin Post, the fair's CEO, has said, "We're proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family."

The top dog was chosen based on the judges' criteria of "first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness...personality and audience impression."

The grand prize includes a trophy and $1,500 in cash; previous winners have also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America.

RELATED: See photos of last year's ugliest dog competition:

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A Chinese Crested is presented to judges during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Grove, held up by owner Jim Partridge, competes in the the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Pork, a 13-year-old male Chihuahua with blue painted nails, is presented to judges by owner Monica Huerta during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Quasi Modo is presented with a first place prize and trophy after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Andre the Chihuahua participates in the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Quasi Modo, whom the owner claims has a back too short for its body, walks on the stage at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world's ugliest dog. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Penny, a pure bred Pug, awaits the start of the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy poses with his dog Icky, a Chinese Crested, before the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 21: Josie, a Chinese Crested, looks on before the start of the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair on June 21, 2013 in Petaluma, California. Dogs from all over the country are competing for the honor of being the world's ugliest dog. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 21: Mike Rose holds his dog Roman, a Mexican hairless, for the audience during the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair on June 21, 2013 in Petaluma, California. Walle, a basset and beagle mix won the honor of being the world's ugliest dog. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Sweepee Rambo, a Chinese Crested, is presented to judges during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Dane Andrew shows his dog Rascal, a Chinese Crested, to judges during the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweepee Rambo, a Chinese Crested, is presented to judges by owner Jason Wurtz during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Quasi Modo is presented before judges during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Wally, last year's winner, walks on the red carpet at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world's ugliest dog. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Holly Chandler kisses Peanut, a mutt who is suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix, at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world's ugliest dog. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Grovie, a Pug, is seen before the World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Tammie Barbee walks her dog Walle, a Beagle-Bassett, down the red carpet at the start of this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21, 2013. AFP Photo / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Peanut, a mutt who is suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix, is seen at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world's ugliest dog. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Rascal, a Chinese Crested, is presented to judges during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 26, 2015. Quasi Modo went on to win first prize as the ugliest dog in the competition. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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