Earlier this week, you may have read about Mugly, the 8-year-old Chinese Crested dog who won the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog” in the annual Petaluma, California World’s Ugliest Dog contest. Mugly, a rescue dog from the UK won a prize of $1,000 and a year’s supply of dog biscuits after beating out 28 other dogs for the title. Mugly even has his own website, where he jokes that he is often called a “Chinese Crustie.” While ugly, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, Mugly certainly has a unique look, and the Chinese Crested breed has won a disproportionate share of the Ugliest Dog titles.
There are actually two different varieties of the Chinese Crested. The Hairless is hairless except for long, silky hair on the head, muzzle, tail and feet, and the body is generally soft and smooth but may have varying amounts of hair on the body. A “Hairy Hairless” can have an almost full coat of fur. The Powderpuff has a thick, straight silky double coat. This breed comes in any color or combination of colors, and may be solid-colored, mixed colored, or spotted. This breed usually weighs up to 12 pounds, and ranges from 9 to 13 inches in height.
The Chinese Crested is prone to dental disease, allergies and skin irritations, and have a tendency to obesity if you don’t watch his or her diet. They can also become sunburned easily, so care should be taken to apply sunscreen when out in the sun. However, they make a lively and playful and loving companion, and because they shed very little, are a good choice for those with allergies.