In the world of dog competitions, there are some things that are givens: locks, safe bets, lead-pipe cinches, sure things. You know that an English pointer is probably going to win the bird dog national championship at Ames.

You know that at any given AKC retriever field trial that a Lab will probably win the all-age open. And you know, you just know, that when it comes to the annual World’s Ugliest Dog championship, that a Chinese Crested is going to be the odds-on favorite to win it all. Because let’s face it, those dogs are just freakin’ hideous.

This year, alas, was no different…

From this story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

A Chinese crested’s short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Petaluma. Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year’s worth of dog cookies, Mugly won the honor Friday by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world. The 8-year-old rescue dog from Britain will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton. “I couldn’t speak when they announced Mugly’s name,” said Bev Nicholson, the dog’s owner. “I didn’t know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog.” It’s not the first time Mugly has been recognized for his unattractiveness. Nicholson said he was named Britain’s ugliest dog in 2005. The contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds receives worldwide attention, with reporters and camera crews from around the world traveling to Petaluma.

According to the story, last year’s winner was a Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix (yikes!) named Yoda, and a number of other Chinese Crested contestants have won the title over the years. To the best of my knowledge, no gun dog breed has ever won the contest, and with good reason: most of them are attractive breeds. But considering the blog topic, you know what question is coming.

So what breed, in your opinion, would have the best shot at winning the World’s Ugliest Dog crown? I’ll be a wuss and not risk alienating anyone by naming my choice (although I will say it’s a continental breed popular with the NAVHDA crowd…) but you are under no such restraint. What’s your choice for the ugliest gun dog, 2012 edition (any votes for the Chesapeake Bay retriever will be summarily thrown out)?