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Monday 24 November 2014

Doggone Peanut, you're so ugly!

Two-year-old Peanut has won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (AP)
Two-year-old Peanut has won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (AP)
A Chihuahua named Elwood sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008
Dane Andrew holds up his dog Rascal during the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Owners of ugly dogs travel to Petaluma from all over the country to participate in the annual contest.
Gus, a one-eyed, three legged Chinese Crested that was named the winner of the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
Model and TV host Beth Ostrosky (L) kisses a Chinese Crested named Rascal
Gus, a one-eyed, three legged Chinese Crested walks around the stage after he was named the winner of the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition June 20, 2008
Gus before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition
Archie, a Chinese Crested dog, sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition
Robert Rond of Fairfield, California holds his Chinese Crested named Princess Chelsea
Heather Peoples of Phoenix, Arizona holds her Chinese Crested named Archie
Archie, a Chinese Crested dog, sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition
Karen Quigley, from Seweel, New Jersey poses with her Chinese Crested dog, Elwood
A dog named Elwood
Poppy gets a kiss from her owner Tamara
Peanut with owner Holly Chandler from North Carolina (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.

This year's winner is two-year-old Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality.

Peanut's owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy and she wants to use her pet to raise awareness about animal abuse.

She plans to use the 1,500-dollar (£880) prize to pay for other animals' vet bills.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 26 year.

The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

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