PETALUMA, Calif., USA -- A 14-year old Chinese-crested Chihuahau called Yoda (owner Terry Schumacher ) has been named the World's Ugliest Dog title by judges at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
Photo: Yoda reaches out for her victory trophy after winning the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo: Noah Berger/AP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Most expensive dog was set by an 18-month-old Tibetan Mastiff called Yangtze River Number Two, who was sold for £352,000 ($563,000) in Yushu, Qinghai, China.
Guinness World Records also recognized The largest simultaneous dog stay, which involved 627 dogs at an event called "Super Sit" organized by the RSPCA at the Wag and Bone Show, Windsor Great Park (UK).
Her owner 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.
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.