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PHOTOS: The World's Ugliest Dog Is Really, Really Ugly

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 (All photos courtesy of Associated Press)

If you don't have anything nice to say about somebody, you probably shouldn't say it. Unless it's a dog. Then you can go right ahead and call that thing ugly.

A pooch named Peanut recently took the top prize at this year's World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California, becoming the 26th dog to hold the title since the competition began in the '70s. And although we haven't seen any other competitors, it's probably safe to say that Peanut is deserving of his honor:

Peanut's precise lineage seems to be a mystery, but the 2-year-old mutt is believed to be part Shih Tzu and part Chihuahua. Fortunately for him, the World's Ugliest Dog contest doesn't discriminate against dogs of any breed: As long they're ugly, they stand a shot.

And boy, is Peanut ugly:

Peanut's protruding teeth and beady bug-eyes made him a clear winner at the festivities on Friday, June 20, but he wasn't always so lucky. Peanut's owner, North Carolina resident Holly Chandler, explained that Peanut suffered severe burns at the hands of a previous owner, leaving him with his now-patchy hair and scarred face.

Furthermore, Chandler is hoping something good can come from Peanut's recent win. "We're trying to use him as a poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused," she said.

Along with his trophy, Peanut earned $1,500 for coming in first place, which owner Holly Chandler is planning to put toward other pets' veterinary bills.

For more from the Ugliest Dog Contest, the "Today" show has some footage below:

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