Sam (ugly dog)

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Sam dog.jpg
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedChinese Crested Dog
BornNovember 7, 1990
DiedNovember 18, 2005
(aged 15)
OwnerSusie Lockheed

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

His owner, Santa Barbara resident Susie Lockheed, took him in as a rescue dog in 1999 from his first owner.[2][3]


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. Sam was featured on Japanese television, New Zealand radio and the Daily Telegraph in England. Due to heart complications Sam was euthanized on November 18, 2005, just after his 15th birthday.[2][4]

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  1. ^ "Sam, The World's Ugliest Dog, Dies". Sky News. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  2. ^ a b Oliphant, William (2009-12-13). "The search is on for Birmingham's ugliest dog". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  3. ^ Kelly Roper (2015). "Interview With Susie Lockheed, Owner of the World's Ugliest Dog".
  4. ^ "Heart fails hideous dog". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2009-12-29.

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