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Photos: Doggie face-off!

The contestant list was brimming with potential and past champions — Princess Abby, Squiggy and Pee Wee Martini to name a few.

In the end, though, there could be only one winner, and on Friday, they lined up to be judged. One wore dazzling feathers while others opted for more traditional attire. Some played to the crowd, while others almost peed on the judges. They came from all over to compete head to head for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Here are a few of this year’s contestants:

Ratdog. Photo: AP/Noah Berger

Ratdog, a 14-year-old Chihuahua mix, did not win. But he stuck his tongue out with the best of them.

Handsome Hector and Icky. Photo: AP/Noah Berger

Handsome Hector, right, waited backstage with fellow contender Icky, a pure bred Chinese Crested who won his division at the Sonoma-Marin Fair event. Still, neither dog took top prize.

The title of “World’s Ugliest Dog 2011″ and ultimate glory went to:

Yoda. Photo: AP/Noah Berger

A 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix named Yoda. The scruffy dog with the “irregular” features was at first mistaken for a rat when she was discovered 14 years ago by Terry Devine Schumacher from Hanford, California. Yoda beat out a field of 29 contestants to win a trophy 15 times her size and $1,000.

You can see more of the contestants at the World’s Ugliest Dog Online Voting Gallery.

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  • Je Ebaugh

    All so tiny; take care of the little ones!