Is Mugly the world’s ugliest pooch?
WITH his brown and white hairless skin, grey wispy whiskers and bold brown eyes, Mugly has been pipped to become the world’s ugliest dog.
Fans of the six-year-old Shitzu-Chinese Crested crossbreed believe he could win the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition after the former winner - Miss Ellie, a pure breed Chinese Crested hairless from Tennessee –died aged 17.
Mugly shot to fame in 2005 after being named in a national newspaper competition as Britain’s Ugliest Dog.
He has almost no hair apart from his whiskers, one eyebrow and an odd couple of little tufts of hair on the top of his head, his toes and his tail.
He also has particularly sensitive skin - meaning he cannot be left out in the sun for too long without wearing suncream or one of his many T-shirts and in winter has to wrap up warm or his body temperature will drop too low.
And since Mugly’s rise to stardom, his fans have set up his own website and Facebook page where he has almost 1,000 friends. But Mugly’s owner, Bev Nicholson (47), of Briar Way, Eastfield, Peterborough, said she won’t be travelling halfway round the world to California to take part in the ugly dog competition. She said: “I certainlythink he would have a chance as he is pretty ugly but en - tering Brit- ain’s ugliest dog competition was just a bit of fun and we wouldn’t travel all that way to find out if he is the world’s ugliest dog.
“When I first got Mugly, I was told that he would probably not survive because he had skin, liver and eye problems but he has been fine.
“Because he has no hair, you can see all of his facial expressions which brings out his cheeky character.
“Mugly now has his own Facebook page which we update with pictures and messages. He has hundreds of friends which means taking him out for a walk is a very long process as he is stopped by everyone.”
Mugly made The Evening Telegraph headlines in August 2009 after he escaped through an open window and disappeared without a trace.
The dog was found later that day in Central Park after being assaulted by a gang of youths.
A woman stepped in a rescue Mugly from the gang, who were punching, kicking and even hitting the defenceless dog with sticks and returned him to his owner.
Mrs Nicholson said: “Mugly made a full recovery but as a result of the incident, he is a little afraid of new people.
“When word spread about the attack, Mugly was sent cards and gifts including leads, bones, treats and toys from all over the world. We had so many that we had to take a box of them to Wood Green Animal Shelter.”
TAKING ON THE WORLD: Mugly, Inset: Mugly with owner Bev Nicholson.