PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — It’s that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World’s Ugliest Dog.
The contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, which is in its 26th year, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Karen Spencer, the fair’s marketing director, says the dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.
The winner will get $1,500.
The past five winners have included a duck-footed beagle, boxer and basset hound mix with a waddle, a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix with a protruding tongue and short tufts of hair and a Chihuahua with a missing eye and a camel’s back.
“Elwood,” a Chinese Crested dog weighing just 6 pounds, won the competition in 2007.
“Pabst,” a toothy 4-year-old Boxer mix, took the title in 2009.
“Princess Abby,” a purebred Chihuahua, won top honors in 2010, much to the delight of her owner.
“Yoda,” a 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix was crowned “champion” in 2011.
“Walle,” a 4-year-old beagle, boxer and basset hound mix, licked his way to the top spot in 2013.