AP PHOTOS: Past winners of the ugly dog contest

25th anniversary of the World’s Ugliest Dog ® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma (From: Sonoma-MarinFair.org/worlds-ugliest-dog)
Walle, winner of the 2013 Word Ugliest Dog Competition (From: Sonoma-MarinFair.org/worlds-ugliest-dog)
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Updated: 6/20 12:57 pm

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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