PHOTOS: The World’s Ugliest Dogs

In this Friday, June 22, 2007 file photo, Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" appears at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. Elwood, who weighed in at just 6 lbs and was rescued as the result of a New Jersey SPCA investigation, won the title of World's ugliest dog of 2007. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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.

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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

“Pabst,” a toothy 4-year-old Boxer mix, took the title in 2009.

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(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

“Princess Abby,” a purebred Chihuahua, won top honors in 2010, much to the delight of her owner.

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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

“Yoda,” a 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix was crowned “champion” in 2011.

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(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

“Walle,” a 4-year-old beagle, boxer and basset hound mix, licked his way to the top spot in 2013.

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(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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