Sunday, June 24, 2007

World's Ugliest dog

Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog Friday, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt's owners.

Elwood is hairless -- save for a Mohawk-like puff of white fur on its head -- and often is referred to as Yoda or E.T. "I think he's the cutest thing that ever lived," said owner Karen Quigley of Sewell, N.J.

Elwood placed second last year at the ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair.

Most of the competing canines also were Chinese crested, a breed that features a Mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Quigley said she rescued Elwood two years ago. "The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell," Quigley said.

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $1,000 reward for his owner.

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