AP PHOTOS: Past winners of the ugly dog contest

June 20, 2014
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FILE - This Friday, June 21, 2013 file photo shows "Walle" posing for a portrait while competing in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and basset hound mix went on to win top honors. The 25th running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest takes place Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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. Here are photos of the past winners:


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