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A chihuahua has won the World’s Ugliest Dog competition.

A pooch named, Yoda, was kissed and cuddled by her owner as she bagged the title of the World’s Ugliest Dog.

In the dog-eat-dog world of contests Yoda managed to wow judges at a Northern Californian fair on Friday with her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue and long hairless legs.

The 14-year-old Chinese-crested Chihuahua mix has come a long way since since was found behind a block of flats by Nicole Schumacher.

Originally frightened out of her wits and under the impression the mangy-looking mutt was a rat she almost ran a mile.

But on closer inspection she soon discovered it was an abandoned dog in need of a good home and quickly took her in.

While it certainly isn’t the type of competition most people would want to enter their hounds into most of the dogs were keen to prove that ugly is the new good-looking and paraded around, proudly showing off their protruding tongues, buck teeth and hairless bodies.

Competiton at the Sonoma-Marin Fair was fierce and included last year’s winner, a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby.

Another regular at the competition was also Handsome Hectar who even has his own Facebook page and a blog which is regularly updated by owner Ghada Marta.

Chihuahua’s appear to be firm favorites for the title of the ugliest dog as a pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008 and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix was named the ugliest in 2007.

The runners-up in the Ugly competition: