The ugliest dog in the world: Mr. Happy Face, a mix of Chihuahua and Mohawk

In a field that included a toothless, twisted-faced “hairless mutant,” a creature that looked like “a hyena or mandrill baboon,” and a d...


In a field that included a toothless, twisted-faced “hairless mutant,” a creature that looked like “a hyena or mandrill baboon,” and a dog with a “gorilla-like head,” a Chihuahua mix named Mr. Happy Face emerged Friday as the foulest of them all, winner of the 2022 World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

Mr Happy Face, who once lived in abusive and neglectful conditions with a hoarder, has tumors and neurological problems, needs a diaper, has trouble standing or walking and holds his head crooked.

Yet he has reached the age of about 17, sports a natural mohawk and makes a sound “like a Dodge Ram diesel truck” revving its engine when he is happy, according to an online biography.

“It was clear and obvious that Mr. Happy Face deserved to be champion,” said Debra Mathy, one of the contest’s judges, on Saturday, adding that the judges didn’t even bother to debate who should win. “All the obstacles this dog has overcome physically and in his past life – it’s amazing.”

The dog and his owner, Jeneda Benally, have won $1,500 and a trip to New York to appear on the ‘Today’ show.

The competition says he promotes the adoption of dogs, even those that might have “missing hair, crossed eyes, duck waddling or mismatched ears.” Eight dogs walked the red carpet at the event, which is held during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., and has been going on for nearly 50 years. It resumed on Friday after being suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

“They promote rescue dogs, that all dogs, no matter what they look like, deserve to be loved,” Ms Mathy said.

When Ms. Benally adopted Mr. Happy Face from a shelter in Arizona, “the shelter staff tried to prepare me for what I was about to see,” she wrote on the pageant’s website. Mr Happy Face had been living at the shelter for “a fair amount of time” and a vet estimated that he only had a few weeks, possibly a month at most, left to live.

“I swore that day that he would be loved so much that he would never remember how awful his previous life had been,” Ms Benally wrote. In his new home, Mr. Happy Face has already reached 10 months.

Second place, with a $1,000 prize, went to Wild Thang, a distemper survivor who is now toothless, with a perpetually protruding tongue.

Wild Thang was an ‘adorable mess’, Ms Mathy said, adding that the dog ‘looked like 50 pounds but only weighed six pounds because it was all fur’.

Previous contest winners include Scamp the tramp“an unknown herding dog with protruding eyes, no teeth, and short, stubby legs” in 2019, as well as Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff with “droopy red eyes, uncontrollable drooling and puffy skin” in 2017.

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