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In pictures: Ugliest dog show

Heather Peoples of Phoenix, Arizona holds her Chinese Crested dog named Archie

Twelve contenders vied for the title of the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in California.

Three dogs mingle before the start of the competition

Organisers said winners were often animals that had been abandoned or neglected before being adopted by people who love dogs.

Close up of competitor

In this, the 20th year of the contest - there was fierce competition.

Dog entered into the competition

A popular look seemed to involve a lolling tongue, offset by flyaway strands of hair.

Model and TV host Beth Ostrosky (L) kisses a Chinese Crested dog named Rascal

Chinese Crested dogs dominated the line-up.

Jeanenne Teed of St. Petersburg, Florida celebrates with Gus

The overall winner was a Chinese Crested named Gus - a three-legged, one-eyed cancer sufferer.

Close up of the winner, Gus

His owners plan to use their prize money to pay for Gus to have cancer treatment.

'Gus' crowned world's ugliest dog
21 Jun 08 |  Americas

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