Yoda named the world's ugliest dog
A 14-year old Chinese-crested Chihuahau called Yoda has been named the World's Ugliest Dog title by judges in California.
Yoda's owner Terry Schumacher fled when she first encountered the little dog abandoned behind an apartment building in America, convinced it was a rat.
But on closer inspection, she realised the diminutive ball of hair and limbs was actually a dog, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Miss Schumacher took her home and named her new pet after the pint-sized crumpled-faced Jedi master from the Star Warsfilms, to whom the dog bears a striking canine resemblance.
And she hugged and kissed Yoda after she won the title as a first-time entrant in the 23-year-old show at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
A variety of other near-hairless, toothy and injured dogs were also put through their steps by their loving owners.
Other competitors included last year's winner, a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby, a blind 15-year-old pug called Hercules and a crowd favourite, Handsome Hector, whose owner has created a Facebook page and blog for the bald one-eyed mongrel's fans.
"Handsome Hector, aka Hecki, is, in his own opinion, devastatingly handsome," reads one proud entry.