Aww, he’s got your hair: Jon Adler holds his Chinese crested, Icky, during the World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Believe it or not, Icky wasn’t even the ugliest Chinese crested at the contest. (Beth Schlanker/AP)

In general, describing a living creature as ugly is mean and hurtful.

Unless, of course, you’re competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog competition held each year in California.

In that case, being ugly can win you fame, $1,000 and a year’s worth of dog treats. The winner of this year’s competition held last month is Mugly, one of a breed of dog known as the Chinese crested. Mugly won the honor by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world — including another Chinese crested whose name is Icky.

“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, an 8-year-old rescue dog, has been recognized for his unattractiveness. Nicholson said he was named Britain’s ugliest dog in 2005.

Eek! A mouse! Actually, it’s just Mouse, a 6-year-old Chihuahua, one of 29 contenders in the contest. (STEPHEN LAM/Reuters)
There’s ugly. There’s cute. There’s even ugly cute. And then there’s Mugly, a Chinese crested who was judged the World’s Ugliest Dog. (Beth Schlanker/AP)

— Associated Press