Sam (ugly dog)

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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 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.

Due to heart complications Sam was euthanized on November 18, 2005, just after his 15th birthday.[2][4]


  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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