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Elwood, Former 'World's Ugliest' Dog, Dies in South Jersey

Elwood, a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, died on Thanksgiving.

Elwood, who lived with his owner in South Jersey, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog in 2007. Credit: Getty Images
Elwood, who lived with his owner in South Jersey, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog in 2007. Credit: Getty Images
Written by Tim Zatzariny Jr.

Elwood was a dog famous for his head-turning appearance—but not in a traditional way.

The nearly hairless Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, toothless on one side of his mouth, was crowned the World's Ugliest Dog at the 2007 Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.

He died on Thanksgiving at his owner's Washington Township, NJ home at the age of 8.

The death was unexpected: Owner Karen Quigley said Elwood had been dealing with some health problems lately but seemed to be doing well, the Huffington Post reported

Quigley adopted Elwood in 2005 after his breeder nearly euthanized him because he thought the dog was too ugly to sell, according to the Huffington Post

After his world championship, Elwood became the subject of a children's book written by Quigley, "Everyone Loves Elwood."

"Take your children on a wonderful journey with Elwood as he proves it’s OK to be different," the book's website says. "This adorable dog will make you smile and laugh while sharing lessons of love, compassion and perseverance. And, the very important message to Be Kind To Animals!"

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