The search is on to find the UK’s ugliest dog but it seems to be proving more difficult than judges initially thought. Last month, photography company ParrotPrint.com launched a rather unusual nationwide competition to track down the most peculiar-looking pup in Britain.
Now contest organisers say most of the pooches entered have been “too cute” to steal the crown, and are calling for more “butt ugly” submissions to make it into the top 12. Founder Matt Dahan said: “We need to ask people not to send in pictures unless they honestly consider their dog to be one of the ugliest in the land.”
The organisers claim that while every dog is beautiful in the eyes of their owners, the contest sets out to celebrate pets who are visually challenging.
Matt continued: “We love dogs and it’s great that so many owners are willing to put their beloved pets forward for our competition but we need to be clear, this is a contest to find the ugliest dog in Britain.
“We have had a strong response but so far 90 percent of entries have been cute dogs.
“We are looking for dogs who make your eyes hurt when you look at them. This definitely isn’t a competition for cute dogs or pretty pets.”
Dog owners could win the prize of a professional makeover for their pup, plus a before and after photo session – to “transform an ugly dog into a beautiful pooch”.
Matt said: “Britain is a nation of dog lovers but there are some pets out there with a face only a mother could love.
“We are talking about the pug ugly mutts who are truly difficult to look at.
“There are some awful looking dogs out there but we wanted to give all of them the chance to shine.
“If you think your dog is butt ugly then we want to hear from you.”
Organisers are urging pampered pooches to not apply, as “this is a competition for only the most ugly dogs in the land”.
The contest is now open for entries with a closing date of December 31, 2022.
The 12 shortlisted dogs will be announced in the New Year ahead of the selection of an overall winner.