The 'World's Ugliest Dog' Has Been Crowned


- A counterintuitive but highly sought-after award, that of the World's Ugliest Dog, went to a rescued English bulldog, Zsa Zsa, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma Saturday.

Josie, a Chinese crested with some chihuahua mixed in, had already participated five times in the contest held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, taking home a respectable second- and third-place finishes in past years. A panel of judges evaluates the ugliness of a dog and decides the victor. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

Zsa Zsa and her large tongue not only beat out the other dogs, but she brought ome $1500. For Zsa Zsa's owner, that's definitely true: "She is so handsome in my eyes".

Zsa Zsa's owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, MN will get an impressive $1, 500 for the win and of course, bragging rights for her precious pooch! (AAP) Last year's victor, Martha.

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Other dogs competing for the title included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

Past winners have been rescued from animal shelters and puppy mills.

Last year's victor, a delightfully floppy and seemingly half-melted Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha, didn't compete this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Megan Brainard, center, reacts after her dog Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, bottom, is announced the victor of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.

The competition is now in its 30th year. It is usually held on Friday nights, but organisers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.