PETALUMA, California — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest just outside San Francisco.
Zsa Zsa won the title at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma on Saturday night. The dog’s owner; Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota; will receive USD$1,500 for Zsa Zsa’s win. Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site, according to the contest bio.
Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections – some have hairless bodies, others have lolling tongues. The dogs and their handlers walk down a red carpet. The dogs are evaluated by a panel of judges.
The contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.
Last year’s winner was a 57-kilogram gentle giant named Martha – a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.
The contest is in its 30th year. It is usually held on Friday nights, but organizers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.