Chinese Crested Canine 'Mugly' Crowned World's Ugliest Dog

By Meera Dolasia on June 30, 2012

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In most settings calling any dog 'ugly' is considered rude and cruel. However, at California's Sonoma County Fair, it is encouraged and even applauded - Because that's what it takes to win the title of the 'World's Ugliest Dog'.

Now in its 24th year, the annual contest, which took place on June 22nd, 2012, is popular not just in the USA, but also, overseas - In fact, this year's winner, a Chinese-crested Chihuahua called Mugly, hailed all the way from Peterborough, England.

The bald and beady crusted canine that took home the trophies for 'natural ugliness' in both the pedigree and mutt categories beat out 29 formidable 'ugly' competitors, including 2002 and 2010 titleholders Rascal and Princess Abby. Also in the mix were veterans Icky and Handsome Hector, who have been trying their luck at winning this coveted title for a number of years.

Along with the title, Mugly received a cash prize of $1,000 USD and a trophy so large, that it barely fit in the trunk of the car that whisked them away for a one-night complimentary stay in a luxurious suite at the Sonoma County Sheraton. He also won a free photo shoot with San Francisco based Nuena Photography and best of all, a year's supply of dog cookies from Doggie Dollar$. Of course just like any other pageant winner, Mugly will be making appearances on television talk shows and presiding over local dog events during her one-year reign.

This is not Mugly's first encounter with fame and fortune. In 2005, he was crowned 'Britain's Ugliest Dog'. However, if you think Mugly is all looks and no substance, think again. When he is not strutting around in competitions, the rescue dog is a volunteer for Therapy Dog International and spends his days comforting sick kids in hospitals and hospices. He also helps raise money for animal rescue charities by holding on-line dog pageants and competitions. According to his owner, the eight-year old's charming personality outweighs his unusual looks.

Though the competition may seem derogatory to some people, it is held just for fun and organized by an animal psychiatrist who not only vets the dogs before they enter the competition to ensure they are healthy, but also has a 'pep' or should we say 'pet' talk with them to make sure they are also, happy. It is also important to remember all the contestants come from homes where they are loved and pampered because of their rather unusual looks - After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!


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  • ikyra_marie
    ikyra_marieWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm
    That is so mean!HAve they ever heard the term "Dog is a man's BEST FRIEND?" HOW could we do this to them!?:o :'(
    • kell-bell
      kell-bellWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm
      "In most settings calling any dog 'ugly' is considered rude and cruel. However, at California's Sonoma County Fair, it is encouraged and even applauded." C'mon. the dogs don't care and the people like it, so its not like an insult or anything.
      • ikyra_marie
        ikyra_marieWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm
        well i guess thats pretty true.I didn't consider that.
    • andreTuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm
      wow that is scary
      • sheep
        sheepWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:03 am
        • gap430
          gap430Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:37 am
          I know exactly why they named him mugly. There's a word in there...
          • s24255
            s24255Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:37 am
            Its sad that you judge dogs by their looks. Even though they don't have feelings or understand whats going on that is still really cruel.
            • kell-bell
              kell-bellWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm
              not really. if dogs were people it would be mean but they are not judging them anyways. if dogs could think the way people do they wouldn't care, besides people should stop trying to look better then everyone else so the dogs are teaching us a lesson.
              • kell-bell
                kell-bellWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm
                but I do understand what you mean and I respect what you say.
              • italyana
                italyanaMonday, March 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm
              • pickle juice Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:11 am
                they all look like miley Cyrus OMG!!!!!
                • kell-bell
                  kell-bellThursday, April 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm
                  LOL YOU ARE CORRECT!!! :)
                  • headream100
                    headream100Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:42 am
                    Wait, WHAT?
                  • campingFriday, January 10, 2014 at 7:55 am
                    dogs have to much hair
                    • morrisem
                      morrisemWednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10:51 am
                      Lol! That's really ugly, yet in some way... Cute!
                      • headream100
                        headream100Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:26 am
                        I think they're cute. In EVERY WAY.
                        • kell-bell
                          kell-bellWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm
                          nobody thinks that. admit it, you think those dogs are ugly.
                      • pokemonmaster25
                        pokemonmaster25Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9:16 am
                        Now that is ugly!
                        • ainlseylollie
                          ainlseylollieTuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:26 am




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