For some pooches, their dog breath might be as homely as them.
A group of canines competed in the 26th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest on June 20, which took place at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
Contestants came from all across the country to the fair where they were ranked in four categories: first impressions, unique features, audience reactions and personality. And in the winner's case, it paid to be ugly. The ugly champ walked away with a cash prize of $1,500.
Many dogs that were featured had underbites, misaligned teeth and rank breath. Like in humans' mouths, when teeth overlap onto one another, there are more crevices for bacteria and plaque to seek harbor in. That means after eating meals, food debris is more likely to get caught between teeth and in gum pockets at the base of teeth, which can lead to gum recession and foul breath odor. Oftentimes, long-lasting awful breath should be a red flag for pet owners that the dog may be suffering.
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in canines. Paying a visit to the veterinarian and cleaning dogs' teeth regularly can help get rid that brownish-black plaque, making even the ugliest of pooches a bit more pleasant to be around.
Even though the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is a rather unflattering title, the judges insist the event also seeks to show off the dogs' inner beauty.
"The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest is not about making fun of ugly dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful," their website reads.
One of the most popular features of the contest is the Beauty and the Beast Walk, with Miss Sonoma County royalty walking adoptable pets from the Sonoma Humane Society. The event helps bring attention to animal rescue, spay and neuter facilities.
Away with bad breath
Whether your dog is fit to join the ranks of these homely yet loveable hounds or should be on the next cover of The Bark, there are several ways to get rid of bad dog breath. First, brush their teeth frequently, even if they resist at first. Next, give them chew bones and chew toys to help clean their teeth. Visiting the vet is key. You might also want to try remedies for pet bad breath.
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