Meet Quasi Modo: The World’s Ugliest Dog

By Samantha Branson

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The annual World’s Ugliest dog competition happens every June in California where dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors are judged on their lack of beauty.

The 2015 crown and $1,500 grand prize went to Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, who “epitomized excellence in ugliness.”


“My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality,” his biography said.

Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida.


According to the event’s website, the judges score the dogs on first impressions, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality and audience impression.

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The event focuses on promoting the adoption of shelter dogs, regardless of their appearance.