Cat Helped Create World’s Ugliest Dog

By Adele

Some feisty tomcat in Gus’ past cost him an eye, but it worked in Gus’ favor at the 20th annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair held in Petaluma, Calif. on June 21.

Gus is a pedigreed hairless Chinese Crested – which means he’s hideous even on a good day. Being also one-eyed, three-legged, and suffering from skin cancer helped him beat all the other ugly contestants, including Sam, a truly horrifying Chinese Crested who’d won 3 years straight from 2003-2005.

Gus traveled from Florida with his owners, Jeanenne and Janey Teed, who rescued him from life in a crate in someone’s garage. Now he’s on national TV and a guest on CBS This Morning.

In addition to being visually repugnant, Gus is hardly Mr. Personality. He slept through most of the competition, but when he’s awake, he bites.

The cat world has few such events because ugly cats are rare. Well, some look like they smashed into a wall face-first, but their gorgeous fur still makes them favorites at cat shows.

Most cat owners would never exploit our diseases and deformities for 15 minutes of fame because it’s just not worth sleeping on urine-soaked pillows. Payback is hell.

There’s a sad Web site looking for “ugly cats,” but it mostly features cats wearing ugly facial expressions, especially when they’re sopping wet. One owner exposes her poor cat Sticky’s cleft palate. Shame on her!

Animal Planet airs the World’s Ugliest Dog competition in October. If you watch it, don’t be eating.


6 Responses to Cat Helped Create World’s Ugliest Dog

  1. rahmama says:

    Whoa! That is one ugly dog. It’s much harder to find an ugly cat. Even a mean cat isn’t that ugly.

  2. catsworking says:

    Gus is a supermodel compared to Sam, the dog that won 3 years straight. With his milky white eyes, he looks like an alien. I’d be afraid to go to sleep with something like that in the house. I think you’ll find a picture of Sam in one of the links in this post. There’s also a horrible Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix past winner who’s pretty terrifying.

    I don’t think there’s any breed in the cat world that can even come close to the sheer hideousness of these dogs. Thank goodness for survival of their species that someone finds them appealing.

  3. That dog was living in a crate? Horrible fate even for a funny looking dog.

    Isn’t there a hairless cat breed? They still aren’t bad looking though.

  4. catsworking says:

    Yes, the story I read said Gus was living in a crate, a good argument for making the penalties for people who mistreat animals a LOT stiffer.

    The hairless cat is the Sphynx, and there are undoubtedly others. But even hairless, cats always manage to look like cats. Some of these dogs look like creatures from outer space.

  5. alyssa says:

    this is the ugliest dog ever…but i feel srry for it…awww… )):

  6. catsworking says:

    Alyssa, unfortunately, poor little Gus died recently of the cancer that helped to make him the world’s ugliest dog. You can read about it here:

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