World's Ugliest Dog Is Fucking Ugly

The competition for the title of World's Ugliest Dog, held annually in Northern California, is stiff, judged on "the natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes." 28 dogs competed this year, and while they're scraggy and gross, they're also sort of beautiful in their own way. I'm lying, they're just gross. Don't believe me? Watch the video.

Given this abundance of aesthetic horror, It was a shame there could only be one, but in the end it was Mugly, a hideous Chinese crested 8-year-old rescue dog from England, who took home the gold. Mugly, with his underbite and weird flyaway whisker-eyebrows that freak me out on some kind of essential level, is no stranger to being professionally disgusting, having won Britain's Ugliest Dog in 2005. He and his touchingly, unironically proud owner Bev Nicholson got to take home $1,000 and a year's supply of dog treats. So... congratulations to the ugliest fucking dog ever, right?!

'Beady eyes, short snout propel ‘Mugly' to victory at annual World's Ugliest Dog contest' [Washington Post]