Meet Peanut, the world's ugliest dog
IT HAS no eyelids, nor lips. Peanut, a Chihuahua-Shih Tzu mix, provoked gasps of shock from the judges at the 26th annual World's Ugliest Dog competition.
Triumphing over a bevy of beastly mutts, it took the crown home on Friday night and won its besotted owner US$1,500 (S$1,870).
Holly Chandler, an engineer, rescued two-year-old Peanut from a shelter after it suffered abuse and was burned in a fire.
"He doesn't have lips any more and his eyelids are also gone, so he can't close his eyes, (and they) water... that adds to his character," Ms Chandler told Reuters.
The judges were clearly impressed, ranking it above Quasi Modo, a dog with a spinal deformity, and Sweetpee Rambo, a tiny pooch with splayed legs, mottled skin and tufts of blond hair.
"Peanut is one of the ugliest dogs we have judged in this contest," said judge Brian Sobel, who described it as "just hideous".