A 14-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua from Hanford, California, named Yoda has won the dubious title of the World's Ugliest Dog.

With her one eye, sparse tufty hair and protruding tongue; Yoda managed to wow the judges at the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair, beating out last year's winner, a one-eyed Chihuahua called Princess Abby, a hairless little Chihuahua called Handsome Hector with a tongue to match Yoda's inch for inch, a one-eyed pug and several other unfortunate looking, but clearly loved, little pooches.

Yoda's story very nearly didn't have a happy ending. Yoda's owner Terry Schumacher revealed that she found the prize winning pooch abandoned and scared out of her wits behind a block of apartments.

Nicole confessed that at first glance she thought the 2 lb Yoda was a rat but, on closer inspection she realized her mistake and took the mangy, little mutt in and gave her a good and loving home.

Well, they do say beauty is only skin deep.