The coveted Ugly Dog 2006 contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in northern California was won by
Archie, a practically hairless purebred Chinese Crested who sports a ratty Mohawk, four teeth and a very long tongue.
His owner, Heather Peoples, from Arizona, doesn’t think of Archie as ugly. She sees a lot of beauty under the exterior. “I know the Archie inside, the sweet Archie. The Archie that rolls over on his back and goes to sleep under the covers.”
Archie was once an abandoned animal destined to be euthanized. Peoples agreed to adopt him before she saw him. Then when she got to the pound, she said she looked at him and went, “Oh, what is this.” He wasn’t the fuzzy wuzzy dog that people are used to seeing. To convince her to take the dog, the shelter actually paid for half of Archie’s fees. She said that she has never regretted her decision to adopt him.
Archie triumphed over a field of fourteen finalists. He won $1000, a trophy and various other prizes, including international fame. Former winners have become celebrities with talk show appearances and their own fan club.