Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix deemed 'ugliest dog'

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by AP

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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 5:33 PM

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- Yoda's short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs were enough to earn it the World's Ugliest Dog title at a Northern California fair.
  
The 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the honor Friday night at the 23rd annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.
  
Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, Calif. says the 2-pound dog has come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building. Schumacher says she first thought the pooch was a rat.
  
Yoda's distinction comes a year after a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby claimed victory. A pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008 and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix was the ugliest in 2007.
  
In past years, the winner's owner has received a $1,000 check.
  
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