This means war! UK v. U.S. as Mugly the Brit takes on Icky for World's Ugliest Dog title
Britain and the U.S. have been close allies for nearly two centuries, but the two nations' friendship has always had a competitive edge.
And 200 years after the War of 1812, Anglo-American rivalry looks set to manifest itself once again.
Only this time, the battle won't be decided by guns and cannons - the only weaponry involved comes in canine form.
For the UK and the U.S. will square off against one another this week for the right to boast of being home to the World's Ugliest Dog.
The World's Ugliest Dog Contest has been held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California for the last 24 years, but this year is the first time a British contender will be involved.
The appropriately named Mugly, who hails from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, has repeatedly received the title of Britain's ugliest dog.
And now the Chinese Crested dog is hoping to take the global crown in Friday's contest.
But he will face some stiff competition from native Californian Icky, as these pictures show.
Both contenders will have received a boost from the death of the reigning champion Yoda, who passed away in March at the age of 15.
There is more than trans-Atlantic honour at stake in this fight - the winner (or his owner) will walk away with a prize of $1,000.
Source: Daily Mail