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British Pooch Nabs "World's Ugliest" Title

Mugly traveled all the way from England to take part in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, which began as a small town attraction and has grown to have international recognition.

Decked out in a sparkly blue top hat and Union Jack collar, Mugly, a Chinese Crested, stole the hearts of both the judges and audience at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at Friday’s Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.

Mugly remained serene and composed as a frenzied press corps whirred around him and his proud owner, Bev Nicholson who traveled all the way from Peterborough, England to partake in what’s quickly becoming a world-famous contest.

“My whole family thought I was crazy coming here,” Nicholson said. “They still do…but now the whole world can see his beauty from the inside out like I can.”

As Nicholson spoke, a film crew from England was capturing her every word and movement while reporters and photographers from Germany, China and Brazil hovered around, nearly tripping over one another.

Call it the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the aesthetically-challenged.

The contest is in its 24th year and held to raise awareness of rescue dogs and the dangers of inbreeding. Judges assessed pooches based on first impression, special attributes, personality and audience popularity. And Mugly captivated on all fronts, taking home $1,000, a trophy, a VIP stay at the Petaluma Sheraton and a year’s supply of dog cookies.

(Luckily, he has teeth, unlike some of the other contestants.)

Among the 28 other participants were Spam-O-Rama, a Chinese Crested without tear ducts after he was born with eyelashes on the inside of his eyes and needed surgery. As a result, his eyes are filled with yellow pus, which adds to the "ugly factor" along with his hairless body and tousled crest.

“Some people say he’s cute, some say he’s ugly or weird,” said her proud owner, 9-year-old Lydon Olivares from Kernville.

Another was Roman, a Mexican Hairless Mix from Santa Rosa, his smooth skin covered in brown and white splotches.

“The first time I saw him, I stared at him for 15 minutes not knowing what he was,” said owner Mike Rose who adopted Roman from the Sonoma Humane Society. “But he’s been awesome. He is really smart and has a great temperament.”

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Margret Petterson June 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I dont thin the dog is ugly
Joel June 25, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I have seen the breed in person. The breed is very sweet and very weird looking.
noneofyabusiness June 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
and here I thought the article was about Michelle Obama...........
Linda June 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
These dogs are one of the cutest in my opinion
bebe June 25, 2012 at 01:58 AM
noneofyabusiness, you are too funny :)
Dj Chet June 25, 2012 at 02:29 AM
in a certain way they really do look cute
GiGi June 25, 2012 at 02:29 AM
No it's about your Grandparents
Sandy Escobar June 25, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I think they know what hey are doing to their dogs
Sandy Escobar June 25, 2012 at 03:05 AM
sorry they dont know what they are doing to their dogs
L Ann June 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I love the motive behind this event!!! Bless whoever created it.. The dogs are adorable in my opinion, they look like little old men.
GG June 25, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I could have sworn I saw her pic there!!! LOL.
Maddie mom June 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Linda I have a chinese cre3sted powderpuff which has 3xs the amt of hair than a hairless. her sister and brother were born hairless and they are the cutest mildest loveable dogs ever. my opinion they are the cutest dogs ever. You are so right
who_cares8 June 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM
and here I thought the article was in reference to Michele Obama!!!
Maddie mom June 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Joel they are cute. delicate but adorable. I have a chinese crested powderpuff which has 3xs the amt of hair. Maddies brother and sister were born hairless and she was blessed with all the hair. They are the best dog ever. Temperment is so mild and they NEVER smell. No odor what so ever. human hair and the most lovable little "people"
Maddie mom June 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The chinese Crested is either hairless or powderpuff. They are the most mild mannered dogs ever and have NO odor. VERY easy to train and are the most lovable little dogs. no dog is ugly, all in how one perceives the breed. My dog is a powderpuff and I have had many dogs in my life but I can say Maddie is the best dog ever. she is very low key but high manintenance when it comes to grooming her to keep her hair long. Very think coat and looks fat cuz of all her hair, but she is the Princess of our house. Suggest one reads up on these dogs and then I am sure one will want one.

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