/‘Ugly’ dogs: The New In-Thing

Make way folks, there’s another trend about to sweep our nation – And it’s coming to you in the form of the world’s ugliest dogs. 

Meet Sweepee Rambo: He’s a 17-year old who escaped dog pounds, only to clinch the top prize at the California-held World Ugliest Dog Competition. Hey, don’t judge this shrivelled up raisin on his looks alone! According to its owner, Jason Rambo, he’s had girlfriends who were jealous of Sweepee.

This ugliest-dog trend

It’s been coming in strong over the years, with frenchies, bulldogs and pugs (amongst others) being deemed as ‘dog breeds that are cute, but ugly’. Some people have even started to dub them ‘Cugly’. Personally, I find that word sounding a lot like ‘cuddly’, even if people don’t really see it (yet).

Here are some of the world’s 5 top cugliest dog breeds. They come in all shapes and sizes, and I guess beneath those odd bulging eyes, come a sort of beauty that requires rather hard staring to identify.

1. The Chinese Crested


Hey, if it isn’t our award-winning show girl of the year! Chinese Crested dogs are a hairless breed of dog, originating in Africa and subsequently traveling along international borders and making its way into the land of fruits and nuts: California! Oh, she’s ugly alright. But the Beast still ended up with Beauty, so we’re all good!

2. The Italian Greyhound


I’m not so sure about you, but the Italian Greyhound reminds me terribly of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s Professor Lupin in his werewolf state. With those skinny long-limbs and oddly shaped necks, you can see why people might think these pooches are ‘ugly’. Me? I think they’re majestic.

3. The Mastiff


Now now, children. We have been taught never to judge a book by its cover. The same goes for the Mastiff. Tibetan Mastiffs have been known to sell for millions per pup, prized for their thick coat and the number of folds on their face. Surprised? So was I. Who would’ve thought this ugly little thing would’ve cost a fortune!

4. The Puli


Also known as the ‘dreadlock’ dog, this Hungarian herding dog is well-known for its long, corded coat and tight curls. However, I’ve absolutely no idea how any Puli owner combs through their dog’s fur. Any tips and suggestions, anyone?

5. The Mexican Hairless Dog


He’s a little Mexican gem, this is. Also known as a Xoloitzcuintli (or Xolo for short), these dogs are considered natural treasures in Mexico, and generally favoured by the World’s Ugliest Dog contests around the globe. Known for their protective yet calm temperament, forget ugly cats. We’ve got a Xolo.

So, what say you? Are you up for adopting a cugly dog anytime soon? Or do you prefer furry typical ‘cute’ breeds (such as Golden Retrievers, Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniels etc.)? Let us know!