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The Highly-Coveted Crown For “World’s Ugliest Dog” Goes To Wild Thang The Pekingese

A woman smiles, mouth open, as she holds a tiny dog with lots of fur covering his face.

Looks aren’t everything — and the World’s Ugliest Dog contest is the best proof. Each year, dogs from all over join together in California to find out which of them will be crowned the ugliest. That being said, just because they aren’t considered conventionally pretty pups doesn’t mean they aren’t adorable in their own way! This can certainly be seen in this year’s winner, Wild Thang! This 8-year-old Pekingese is from North Bend, Oregon, and he worked hard to earn this honor.

This year was not the first time Wild Thang has competed for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. In fact, it’s not even his second or third time, either. Rather, this was the determined dog’s fifth time entering! Still, all of the time and effort has proven to be worth it. This is partly true because of the $10,000 given to the first-place winner! Meanwhile, the dog in second place gets $3,000 and third place gets $2,000.

Needless to say, Wild Thang’s human mom couldn’t be happier about their win! Her pup has been through a lot in his life. When he was just a puppy, he contracted distemper, a particularly fatal disease for our animal friends.

After Years of Competing, Wild Thang is Finally Crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog

Still, Wild Thang survived — but not without some issues. His teeth didn’t grow properly and his right leg paddles 24/7. But with the help of kind folks like his human mom, he’s been able to live a happy and relatively healthy life!

Plus, Wild Thang’s popularity has been used to help better the lives of other pups. One way he does this is by being an advocate for pets getting vaccinated. In the past, he has also used GoFundMe to help seven dogs get safely transported from Ukraine to safe, happy homes in Canada and the United States. In other words, Wild Thang is truly the definition of a good boy!

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