World’s Ugliest Dog Winner Is U.K.’s Mugly

Mugly, the World’s Ugliest Dog

Monica M. Davey/Landov

06/25/2012 AT 3:35 PM ET

What’s in a name? For a dog called Mugly, it’s a whole lot of ugly.

The 8-year-old Chinese crested, already one of the U.K.’s ugliest dog honorees, won the coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog at California’s Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on Friday. Mugly, a rescue, bested 28 other contestants and received a prize of $1,000.

“I couldn’t speak when they announced Mugly’s name,” the dog’s owner, Bev Nicholson, said in a release. “I didn’t know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog.”