"Mugly" is not the prettiest name for a pooch, but it does seem to suit the 8-year-old Chinese Crested who was just crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog." My guess is Mugly's owner doesn't think he's ugly at all. In fact, I've always thought Chinese Crested's were adorable, despite their nearly hairless, naked, bug-eyed and wrinkly appearance. Apparently they top the list on the ugly chart, as last year's winner, Yoda, is a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix.
What classifies as ugly to one person can be considered cute by another. Mugly is a rescue dog from the United Kingdom, and is a past winner of the title of Britain's Ugliest Dog contest in 2005. Typically one does not adopt a dog because they find it unattractive.
When I three years ago, I thought she was the cutest litte dog ever (besides Flip, of course) and she had a confident, outgoing personality that made her stand out from all the other adoptable dogs. Yes, she has a pronounced underbite, buggy eyes, protruding black lips, grey eyebrows and muzzle, and resembles a cross between a gargoyle, a gremlin and an Ewok. But when I look at her, all I see is a sweet, loving dog.
Of course, there have been plenty of folks who have told me that Tiki is "ugly," and I find that amazing. One, that people can really be that thoughtless, and two, that others don't necessarily see what I see. Which does lead me to believe there is some truth in the age-old saying about beauty and the beholder.
I, for one, would never enter a pet in an "ugly" contest anymore than I would suggest someone enter their child in one. Obviously the pooch has no clue what the applause and notoriety are for, they are probably just happy for all the attention that winning brings.
Oh yeah, and a year's supply of dog cookies.