The 2013 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is going on this week in California, and these are your contestants!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the pageant, which may very well be the only one these pooches will ever win. The winner takes home $1,500, a trophy, and a meal prepared by a top chef. The contest is loads of fun for dogs and people, with YouTube stating:

THE planet's most hideous mutts are this week gearing up for the only beauty pageant they might ever win -- the World's UGLIEST Dog Contest. Mangy hounds from around the globe are preparing for the annual show in California, USA, where judges will seek out Earth's worst-looking canine. Now in its 25th year, the contest welcomes a whole range of grotesque mongrels, from pugs to terriers, boxer dogs and Chihuahuas. The yearly horror-fest sees scores of mutts judged in four main categories -- first impressions, unique features, personality and audience reaction.

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 21, by a panel of judges. According to the Washington Times, they determine the ugliest dog by “first impressions, unique features, personality, and audience reaction.”

The Ugly Dog Gallery officially introduces us to the dogs, and they have some interesting stories. Here are a few of them:

Samson is a pure breed Apricot Toy Poodle. He loves fetching balls and eating his own poop. He loves to burrow under covers and lord it over our other dog, a Papillon named Delilah.


Gromit is a five year old Chug!!(1/2 Pug 1/2 Chihuahua). He loves food, watching T.V., and sunbathing his potbelly. He has a grumpy old man personality and is so ugly he is cute!


Ratdog is a 14-year-old deaf rescue mutt who eats onions, garlic and anchovies on his pizza.

Spam-o-Rama is a caricature of the school nerd with the confidence to ask out the head cheerleader. . . and get a date! He may be wearing a day-glo rain jacket and have ophthalmic ointment in both eyes, but he thinks he's a rock star

Which one do you think should win? You have a chance to vote for your favorite in the Ugly Dog Gallery, though voting does not count toward the judge’s decisions.