A blind chihuahua-Chinese crested mix has been crowned the world's ugliest dog in California on Friday (24 June 2016), beating 16 other contestants in the annual pageant. SweePee Rambo, a 17-year-old dog from Encino, California, won the contest after walking the red carpet and parading on stage at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, north of San Francisco.

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Jason Wurtz, from Van Nuys, California, holds his blind chihuahua-Chinese crested dog SweePee Rambo after winning the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty
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SweePee Rambo is held up by Jason Wurtz after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Competition 2016Josh Edelson/AFP

SweePee Rambo has a mohawk that glistens in the sun, a tongue that sticks out and legs that bow outwards like a frog. She is blind in both eyes and has to wear doggie nappies.

Owner Jason Wurtz, 44, of Encino, said he purchased the dog as a gift for his first wife, but after a week she didn't want anything to do with the gremlin-like pooch. Wurtz, however, said he couldn't bear to let her go.

Wurtz and SweePee Rambo took the title and trophy and a prize of $1,500 (1,120, €1,360). He says he will use the money to pay for the removal of a tumour that recently appeared on the dog's gum line.

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SweePee Rambo, a blind chihuahua-Chinese crested mix, gets a kiss from owner Jason Wurtz after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Competition 2016Josh Edelson/AFP

One pup named Himisaboo, who didn't place, had a flowing golden tuft that resembled that of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. "Whether you love him, or loathe him, a vote for Himisaboo is a vote for a dog that looks like Donald Trump," said Heather Wilson, Himisaboo's owner, who drove out from Idaho for the occasion.

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Himisaboo, a mutt with a Donald Trump-inspired hairdo, is held up by his owner Heather WilsonJosh Edelson/AFP
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A close-up of Himisaboo's nails, painted to match his owner'sJosh Edelson/AFP
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Heather Wilson of Payette, Idaho, holds her dog Himisaboo during the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty

Judges in the contest, now in its 28th year, take into account appearance, stench, personality, complexion and a host of other inherited and acquired maladies. Many of the contestants have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills.

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Contestants are seen on stage during the voting process at the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in PetalumaJosh Edelson/AFP
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Jon Adler shows his dog, named IckyJosh Edelson/AFP
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A dog named Icky competes in the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Dane Andrew holds up his Chinese crested dog Rascal DeuxJosh Edelson/AFP
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A Chinese crested dog named Rascal Deux poses during the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Rascal Deux looks on during the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Monkey, a Brussels griffon, walks along the red carpet during the World's Ugliest Dog CompetitionJosh Edelson/AFP
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A dog named Rue is held up during the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contestJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Yvonne Morones holds her dog ScampJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Grovie is pictured during judgingJustin Sullivan/Getty
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Josie, a Chinese crested, is held up by owner Linda ElmquistJosh Edelson/AFP
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Judge Neil Gottlieb impersonates Josie, a Chinese crested, at the conclusion of the World's Ugliest Dog CompetitionJosh Edelson/AFP
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Sweepie Rambo, a Chinese crested who went on to take first prize, is held up by owner Jason Wurtz alongside Rascal Deux, held by owner Dane AndrewJosh Edelson/AFP