With his punk hairdo and tongue perpetually hanging from his muzzle, Happy Face was voted the world’s ugliest dog in a competition held in Petaluma, California.
The 17-year-old Chinese dog beat nine other competitors on Friday in the annual competition that has been held for several decades.
The champ was adopted last year during the COVID-19 pandemic by 41-year-old Arizona musician Jenida Biennale.
She said that in the kennel, she was told about an elderly dog with health problems.
“The kennel staff tried to prepare me for what I was about to see. I saw a really old creature, that needs a second chance and deserves to be loved,” said the proud owner.
The vets warned her that the dog could only live for a few weeks due to health problems.
But “the mother’s love, kindness and kisses helped him” overcome those problems, Mrs.I Biennale.
“His hobbies include sleeping, snoring and whining while he’s asleep, and making strange noises when he’s happy,” she explained.
“This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique,” the organizers said.
“Total coffee aficionado. Travel buff. Music ninja. Bacon nerd. Beeraholic.”