Cuda the “Unique” Pit Bull

Follow the story of Cuda, the deformed pit bull in her bid to compete in and win the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Ca in June of 2011.


  1. Cuda sure looks happy. Bet he doesn’t know he is deformed and doesn’t even care coz he’s loved!

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  3. SSB Pack says on  01/07/2011 at 12:30 am

    Absolutely wonderful! Ten votes for Cuda and 100 well wishes to the family who loves her. You go Cuda, you can do it, you can win! We’re rooting for you.

  4. But the problem is that I think she’s WAY too cute to be the ugliest dog.

    Wiggles & Wags,

    • Carrie says on  01/07/2011 at 1:36 pm

      I so agree- way to adorable to be the worlds ugliest dog. Thank you to her family for loving her

  5. CINDI says on  01/07/2011 at 11:17 am

    She’s adorable, but I’m glad she’s getting some media attention because all dogs want & need is love, love, love, food & attention. She doesn’t know she’s different. KUDOS & HUGS to the family that saw past the deformities to the lovebug underneath.

  6. Ugly? She is ridiculously cute and it looks like she has a huge personality!

  7. She seems loved and well cared for. Why would they want to exploit her at an event that is meant to determine ugliest dog? Seriously it is like entering your human baby into an ugliest baby contest. If you feel that way about a member of your family maybe it is time to find them a family that will love them and care for them and not make a mockery out of their appearance.

    No I will not support their campaign to get Cuda to that horrible competition.

    • I understand your concern and appreciate your comments. While these contests fall under fun and games, I feel very strongly about reaching out to people regarding pet overpopulation, diversity, acceptance and tolerance. She was not bred specifically to be part of this contest. She just happened. We love her so much and don’t feel like we are exploiting her. Thanks!

      • I know she was not bred for this competition and that she is a rescue. And I also know these competitions are to raise money for rescue. I am aware that most of the winners of these competitions come from PuppyMill backgrounds who were injured and never taken to a vet in order to help the injuries to heal properly and get pain medication for the dogs. Other dogs who win this event have skin cancer, horrible skin tags (that could be removed), allergies to certain foods that show up as skin problems, and genetic eye disease that can be fixed but they leave it so they can win these competitions.

        Some very disgusting people do see these dogs from unfortunate backgrounds who win the competitions and then breed more dogs and do thing to the resulting puppies to deform them so they can sell them as just like the winner from the ugliest dog competition. Or this puppy is sure to win the ugliest dog competition.

        You are obviously taking care of her and giving her a life where she is happy and as healthy as possible that is not in question from the video and still pictures. If you want to educate people take her to fun matches in your area and enter her in the happiest dog contest or cutest smile or costume parade. The people at these kinds of events will not be able to help falling in love with Cuda and want to know her story and you will never have to worry about them going out and breeding dogs with Cuda’s issues.

        • Actually, the majority of dogs who win the Petaluma contest are generally very healthy Chinese Crested dogs. These contents are not there to exploit sick or injured dogs. I’m not sure where you are getting your strange information from. I would suggest you research the annual Petaluma Ugliest Dog Contest.

          • None of the dogs who have won are healthy Chinese Cresteds from reputable breeders. Yes I do know what healthy Chinese Cresteds look like (whether from a reputable breeder or not), their head shape, body structure, skin, eyes, etc
            I also happen to know what healthy Xolos and Peruvian Inca Orchids (PIO) look like. Yes some of the contestants just need grooming so they don’t look so scruffy but the winners are not genetically healthy sound dogs. Yes they all are all vet checked and given clearance to fly or attend an even with other dogs but that doesn’t mean that in order to look the way they do that at some point something went terribly wrong.

            Here’s a bit about the 2008 winner it was just the first I found:
            It was hard to deny the fact that Gus — a one-eyed, three-legged hairless Chinese crested with skin cancer — wasn’t exactly a looker. It didn’t help that he spent most of the three-hour event sleeping in a baby blankent […] with his tongue hanging out. Or that he sometimes bites when folks get too close.

            Ellwood is absolutely adorable but clearly not what a Chinese Crested should look like.

          • Anonymous says on  01/08/2011 at 4:46 pm

            I just typed a long, well-thought out response to “Two Cavaliers” comments… BUT, I just had to erase them because there is no point. She doesn’t get what is going on, what Cuda’s mission is, or what the Ugliest Dog Contest is about (although she claims too). No – there is no point arguing with her. Just go away

        • Cuda's Mom says on  01/08/2011 at 9:16 pm

          All dogs must be examined by the Veterinarian at the contest before they “compete”. Any dog found to be unable to be in the contest are asked to leave or get vet care. the people who bring these dogs to this contest are very enthusiastic about the health of their pets. We will be getting her a certificate of health in order to fly either way.

          • Dolly says on  01/08/2011 at 9:37 pm

            Just a question. All breeds have their particular health issues. What are Cuda’s and is she on any medication or treatment? She runs pretty darn well for her body shape and super narrow pelvis. I am impressed at how healthy and happy she seems.

  8. Dolly says on  01/07/2011 at 11:32 am

    She migjht be misshapen, but her smile is gorgeous. Another “so ugly it’s cute” doggie. I’d take her in a heartbeat.

  9. Kisses to Cuda. What a happy girl who was lucky to find her perfect family!

  10. Anonymous says on  01/07/2011 at 11:58 am

    why do they do a worlds ugliest dog contest?

  11. and who are we humans to say which dog is the ugliest?

  12. Ann Y says on  01/07/2011 at 12:33 pm

    But I don’t think Cuda is ugly!!! Such a sweetie!! 😀

  13. . I agree that Cuda is not ugly.

    The ugly dog contest raises money for dog charities.

  14. Lori A says on  01/07/2011 at 12:57 pm

    “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” “Beauty is only skin deep.” Are 2 quotes that come to mind. I do not see “ugly” when I look at Cuda. I see a happy-go-lucky girl. I was going to say I completely disagree with the “Ugliest Dog Contest,” but now I see Jan’s comment about the contest raising money for dog charities. I’m glad she found a loving family who can love and appreciate her for her uniqueness and personality.

    • Christie says on  01/08/2011 at 5:07 pm

      I am surprised to see how many people get overly-sensitive about an ugly dog contest. Even if you disregard the fact that it is actually a fund raiser with a really good cause, it is still just light-hearted fun. It doesn’t hurt the dog’s feelings – THEY ARE DOGS.

      The idea of “ugly” vs “beautiful” is a concept that has biological evolution at its roots. As a society we tend to think of an underbite, for example, as ugly. And that’s because an underbite is not the most effective way for chewing. That being said, I think Cuda’s underbite is absolutely adorable, but come on let’s be honest…. it is technically considered an “ugly” trait.

      I admire and respect what Cuda’s owners are doing. They are bringing awareness to a very important issue and doing it in such a fun and heart-warming way. I love this little girl and will support her any way I can. GOOD LUCK THIS SUMMER CUDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. roselle says on  01/07/2011 at 1:08 pm

    people will definitely love her because of her uniqueness..
    she’s not ugly, she’s one of a kind dog..a very wonderful dog.. goodluck Cuda^__^

  16. Casey Jane says on  01/07/2011 at 1:11 pm

    Can we vote for her somewhere? Where do we vote?

  17. Nancy Acker says on  01/07/2011 at 1:15 pm

    I see a happy, well loved fur-baby. You rock Cuda-girl!

  18. roselle says on  01/07/2011 at 1:25 pm

    well.. to be honest, mankind (some; not all) are the worst creatures i’ve ever seen..including my self.. we are far more uglier that those animals..we are rational beings yet we think like animals, take things for granted and abuse animals and the environment..hope i didn’t offended the others..peace guys, i’m just sharing my opinion..

    way to go Cuda, show the world how beautiful you are!!!

    • Christie says on  01/08/2011 at 5:14 pm

      I agree Roselle. I think this quote sums that up perfectly!

      If you can start the day without caffeine,
      If you can relax without liqour,
      If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
      If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
      If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
      If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
      If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
      If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, relegion or politics,

      Then, my friend…


    • Cuda's Mom says on  01/08/2011 at 9:19 pm

      No offense taken on our part. I have had breeders very upset with me that I have implied is inbred at all, yet she bears the physical characteristics associated with it that breeders have advised me on. Inbreeding and line breeding is very accepted in order to “preserve bloodlines and champions” and I have no business exploiting that. Too late, I just did.

  19. Ginny says on  01/07/2011 at 1:52 pm

    She is beautiful and special…not ugly <3

  20. Budrow Wilson says on  01/07/2011 at 2:04 pm

    YEAH Cuda! You found the perfect happy home! So often the ‘not so perfect’ ones get passed but no you darling you found loving humans!! I am voting of you today!

  21. Thank you all for enjoying Cuda, We absolutely love her. She is vet checked health and fun! I can’t tell you how much the support means and how we hope to make you all proud in June when she wins the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest!

  22. Dolly says on  01/07/2011 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t think you are expoiting her, at all, if the proceeds go to help other dogs. My mommy and daddy had another rat terrier like me and he died of cancer. They rescued him from the shelter, so when he crossed the bridge, they came and rescued me. We’ll all be rooting for Cuda.

  23. Cuda is definitely odd looking but I wouldn’t call her ugly.

  24. Becky says on  01/07/2011 at 11:23 pm

    cuda is a beautiful girl….she is living life the only way she knows how – being happy….. that is what is important 2 her! <3

  25. Cuda has a beautiful smile – and it made me smile too.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  26. Jennifer says on  01/08/2011 at 8:33 am

    So glad they took Cuda in and gaver her home. She seems very happy and loving in her new enviroment. I hope she will win the ugly dog contest. But, I have to say that I think she’s cute. She has a cute face.

  27. Shari says on  01/08/2011 at 1:27 pm

    She is a little angel, and very fortunate to have been adopted by you. You clearly love her. Having said this, I would stop thinking about her winning an “ugliest dog contest,” and simply enjoy her. Enough with ugly – she is not.

  28. We think Cuda looks just right!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  29. Dolly, Mommy and Daddy says on  01/11/2011 at 12:42 pm

    We look at her through the eyes of dog lovers who can see the integrity in her gaze and the strong heart that has led her on in spite of her deformities. Yes, she is no beauty on the outside but she is obviously gorgeous on the inside. Go for it, Cuda!

  30. Cuda is such a little spirit in spite of it all. What I cannot believe is that no one picked up that she looks – meaning her body shape, over sized lower jaw, short neck, just like the dog that was sent to Dog Town. That dog was also from CA, interesting!

    Cuda’s mom….hats off for saving this little ones life.

  31. heytracy says on  01/17/2011 at 4:59 pm

    Aw, Cuda, You’re Awesome!!!! Good luck! (although i think you’re much too cute to win an ugly dog contest!)

  32. KellyC says on  06/15/2011 at 6:47 pm

    That dog is far from ugly! LOL I’m glad she has a good home.

  33. Bel says on  06/15/2011 at 6:51 pm

    She is adorable! Good luck!

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