This week a dog was crowned ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ second time in a row. The dog – ‘Mugly’, happens to be a Chinese Crested breed. Another Chinese Crested named ‘Sam’ has won the contest from 2003 to 2005 before dying in 2006.
So if your dream is to field a strong contender for the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’, you can’t go past a Chinese Crested.
Why? Because the characteristic hairlessness is caused by a genetic mutation transmitted as partial-dominant. This same mutation leads the dog to often develop a number of skin-related diseases. It’s these problems, including accumulation of dandruff-like deposits on the skin and the characteristic skin pigmentation (not a defect – just due to exposure to cold temperature). That causes so many of these guys to appear ‘ugly’ to so many people.
In my experience Chinese Crested dogs are nice dogs, they have good personality but because of abundance of genetic health problems (including Progressive Retinal Atrophy – a genetic incurable condition of the eyes) I would recommend any prospective owners to think hard and do their homework.
The picture above this paragraph is what a healthy Chinese Crested should look like (courtesy – Wikipedia). To be completely honest, not many of these dogs that I have treated look like that.