Sam, the above-pictured canine, is a 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested
owned by Susie Lockheed of Santa Barbara, California. In June 2005, Sam won the "World's Ugliest Dog" title at
the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest for the third consecutive year.
The Associated Press described Sam thusly:
The tiny dog has no hair, if you don't count the yellowish-white tuft
erupting from his head. His wrinkled brown skin is covered with splotches, a line of warts marches down his snout, his blind
eyes are an alien, milky white, and a fleshy flap of skin hangs from his withered neck. And then there are the Austin Powers
teeth that jut at odd angles. Unfortunately, Sam is suffering from a number of age-related
ailments (congestive heart failure, lung and kidney problems) and will probably make no more public appearances, so he may
have to cede his "World's Ugliest Dog" crown in next year's competition.
He's so ugly that even the judges recoiled when he was placed on the judging table .