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-Marin 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 was held 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!

Resources: sonoma-marinfair.org, abcnews.go.com,cbsnews.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • callie_is_cool
    callie_is_coolSunday, January 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    The dog is actually super cute!
    • Pupper109Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:10 am
      i think he's kinda cute! i have a Keeshond (kazon) i love my puppy
      • jo13
        jo13Monday, December 12, 2016 at 10:46 am
        So mean and cruel to make fun of your dog. I agree with joe joe ( down below) comment.
        • AuBurneySunday, August 21, 2016 at 8:08 pm
          It says they also check the dogs to make sure they're healthy, and the people cheer to show that there's nothing wrong with looking different. I believe they're inspiring these dogs to show that ugly is the new cute.
          • PUPPY!!!!!!!Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm
            Those dogs are just plain adorable but only enter it in a worlds BEST dog! He will win for sure!!!!
            • joe joe Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm
              that's mean to enter your dog in that contest I mean they already know their ungly I mean you don't need to rub it In their face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • Dd4LTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:48 am
                That is so sad
                • AedanMonday, April 27, 2015 at 11:59 am
                  The prettiest dog i have ever seen
                  • bryannad
                    bryannadThursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:31 am
                    That is rude but they at least win something but I agree with u mip4eva
                    • mlp4eva
                      mlp4evaSaturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm
                      That is so rude to enter a dog in a contest and say its the worlds ugliest dog! It is a living thing and deserves better. I mean like how would someone feel if they were the worlds ugliest person!

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