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Creature, a Mexican Hairless mix, is comforted by its owner during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

World's Ugliest Dog contest 2012

Canines competed for the title World's Ugliest Dog -- as well as $1,000 and a year's worth of dog cookies -- in Northern California June 22. Mugly, a Chinese crested, won the honor by beating out 28 other pooches from around the world.

Mugly, a Chinese crested dog from England, nabs
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Mugly, a Chinese crested dog from England, nabs the title of World's Ugliest Dog. (June 22, 2012)

Grovie the pug hits the stage for judging
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Grovie the pug hits the stage for judging during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

Roman, a Mexican Hairless, rests on its owner's
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Roman, a Mexican Hairless, rests on its owner's lap for judging during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog. (June 22, 2012)

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Icky, a Chinese crested, at the World's Ugliest
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Icky, a Chinese crested, at the World's Ugliest Dog contest during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (June 22, 2012)

Host and psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick checks a pug
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Host and psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick checks a pug named Daisy during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

Creature, a Mexican Hairless mix, is comforted by
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Creature, a Mexican Hairless mix, is comforted by its owner during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

Jon Alder holds Icky, his Chinese crested, at
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Jon Alder holds Icky, his Chinese crested, at the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog. (June 22, 2012)

Handsome Hector is carried by his owner during
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Handsome Hector is carried by his owner during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

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Roman the Mexican Hairless is brought to the
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Roman the Mexican Hairless is brought to the judging table during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

The winner! Mugly, a Chinese crested dog from
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The winner! Mugly, a Chinese crested dog from the United Kingdom, is brought to the stage for judging. (June 22, 2012)

Bev Nicholson, right, of Peterborough, England, reacts as
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Bev Nicholson, right, of Peterborough, England, reacts as her Chinese crested dog, Mugly, wins the title of "World's Ugliest Dog," against Dane Andrew and his dog, Rascal, and Kathleen Francis and her dog, Princess Abby, during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (June 22, 2012)

Grovie the pug hits the stage for judging
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Grovie the pug hits the stage for judging during the 2012 World's Ugliest Dog contest. (June 22, 2012)

Jon Adler holds his Chinese crested, Icky. (June
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Jon Adler holds his Chinese crested, Icky. (June 22, 2012)

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Unfortunately, reigning champ Yoda could not defend her
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Unfortunately, reigning champ Yoda could not defend her title this year. The Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix died in her sleep in March.

PHOTOS: 2011 World's Ugliest Dog competition.

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