“Scoring was tough with so many uniquely qualified dogs but we’re confident that Sweepee will be a magnificent champion," Chief Judge Brian Sobel said in a press release.
Sweepee's owner, Jason Wurtz of Encino, CA, told the paper he hopes to use the $1,500 prize money to remove a tumor that recently appeared on her gums. Last year, she placed second in the competition. Additional honors went to Josie, the Chinese Crested mix that took second place, and Rue, the Chinese Crested that fetched the third-place spot, according to competition's website.
“We celebrate the spirit and imperfections that make these dogs loveable and adoptable,” Karen Spencer, marketing director for the competition, said in the release. After all, all of the dogs -- every dog really -- is adorable in its own way, even the world's ugliest.