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Yoda's short tufts of hair, protruding tongue and long, seemingly hairless legs were enough to earn her the World's Ugliest Dog title at a Northern California fair.
The 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the honor Friday night at the 23rd annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.
Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, Calif., said the 2-pound dog had come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building.
Schumacher said she at first thought the pooch was a rat when her daughter Nicole presented her.
"I thought she was bringing me a field rat — a dead field rat," she told TODAY.
But Nicole insisted on keeping her — and now, Yoda's a champion.
"If I gave you a coupon that said you could have a free Jill Rappaport makeover for Yoda," asked Ann on the TODAY couch, "would you take that coupon?"
"We love her just like she is," said Schumacher.
Yoda's distinction came a year after a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby claimed victory.
A pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008 and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix was the ugliest in 2007.
In past years, the winner's owner has received a $1,000 check.