PETALUMA, CA (AP) - A short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers has earned an 8-year-old Chinese Crested from the United Kingdom the title of World's Ugliest Dog.
Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year's worth of dog cookies at the annual event in Northern California, Mugly won the honor Friday night by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world.
Mugly will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton.
It's not the first time Mugly has been recognized for his unattractiveness. Bev Nicholson, the dog's owner, says he was named Britain's ugliest dog in 2005.
The annual contest at the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds gets worldwide attention, with reporters and camera crews from around the world traveling to Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.