Zsa Zsa, the nine-year-old bulldog, was named the victor of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday. The dogs strutted their stuff for a panel of judges who selected the very finest specimen from the monstrous mutts.
The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive $1,500 for Zsa Zsa's win.
English bulldog Zsa Zsa is held by her owner, Megan Brainard.
As with any competition rating animals by their looks, there's a lot of controversy surrounding Zsa Zsa's win.
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Himisaboo, a Chinese Crested and Dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. A panel of judges evaluates the ugliness of a dog and decides the victor.
Last year's World's Ugliest Dog prize went to a 3-year-old, 125-pound (57-kilo) Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha. After all, we don't want her taking up space where a TRULY ugly dog could shine. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again.
It was a ruff night for her competitors, who included a bulldog with furrowed excess skin, a matted ball of fluff called Wild Thang (a Pekingese) and a Chinese Crested-Dachsund with blackheads. She will also be flown, with Zsa Zsa, to NY to make some public appearances and take part in a photo shoot.
Rather than poke fun at the dogs, the competition celebrates canines in all their shapes and sizes, many of whom, like this year's victor, come from shelters or puppy mills.