Sam (ugly dog)

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This article is about a champion dog of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. For the Dickin Medal recipient dog, see Sam (army dog).
Sam dog.jpg
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Chinese Crested Dog
Sex Male
Born November 7, 1990
Died November 18, 2005 (aged 15)
Title World's Ugliest Dog
Term 2003-2005
Owner Susie Lockheed

Sam (November 7, 1990 – November 18, 2005) was a blind pure-bred Chinese Crested hairless dog, and three time champion of the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California in 2003–2005. His ugliness gained him international fame and celebrity – his death was a top headline on major news websites.[1]

Susie Lockheed, his owner and a resident of Santa Barbara, took him in as a rescue dog in 1999.[2]

In 2005, Sam starred on Criss Angel's 2005 Mindfreak Halloween Special which aired on the A&E Network. Sam played the role of Angel's cat, dressed up in a Halloween costume.

Due to heart complications Sam was euthanized on November 18, 2005, just after his 15th birthday.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Sam, The World's Ugliest Dog, Dies". Sky News. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b Oliphant, William (2009-12-13). "The search is on for Birmingham's ugliest dog". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Heart fails hideous dog". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 

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