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And the world's ugliest dog is... Mugly

The winner of Britain's ugliest dog competition in 2005 beat out 28 other mutts to win the world crown.

Bev Nicholson, of the UK, hears the announcement of Mugly's victory alongside Dane Andrew and dog Rascal, middle, and Kathleen Francis with Princess Abby. Beth Schlanker / AP Photo/ The Press Democrat
Bev Nicholson, of the UK, hears the announcement of Mugly's victory alongside Dane Andrew and dog Rascal, middle, and Kathleen Francis with Princess Abby. Beth Schlanker / AP Photo/ The Press Democrat

PETALUMA, UNITED STATES // A Chinese crested's short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World's Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Northern California on Friday.

Competing for fame, $1,000 (Dh3,700) and a year's worth of dog cookies, Mugly won the honour by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world.

The eight-year-old rescue dog from the United Kingdom will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton.

"I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name," said Bev Nicholson, the dog's owner. "I didn't know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog."

It's not the first time Mugly has been recognised for his unattractiveness. Nicholson said he was named Britain's ugliest dog in 2005.

The contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds gets worldwide attention, with reporters and camera crews from around the world traveling to Petaluma, about 64 kilometres north of San Francisco.

Organisers say the competing dogs are judged for what they term their "natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes."

Mugly's victory was the latest for a Chinese crested. Last year's winner, Yoda, was a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix.