Congrats, Zsa Zsa, You Are World’s Ugliest Dog

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Saturday in Petaluma, California. Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press
Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Saturday in Petaluma, California. Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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.

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Wild Thang, a Pekingese, was just not ugly enough. Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press
Wild Thang, a Pekingese, was just not ugly enough. Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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.