PETALUMA, Calif. – An English bulldog with an underbite and muscular, rounded front legs won the 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest on Saturday night.
The 9-year-old winner, named Zsa Zsa, was found via a pet-finding site by owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., according to a biography supplied for the contest.
Brainard will receive $1,500 for Zsa Zsa’s victory.
The cuddly competition, which helps organizers publicize that many pets are available for adoption, allowed owners to flaunt the imperfections of their dogs. It was held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif., north of San Francisco.
“It’s a fun and silly way to advocate that all animals deserve a safe and loving home,” said Christy Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in a release.
“It’s a fun and silly way to advocate that all animals deserve a safe and loving home.”
– Christy Gentry, spokeswoman, Sonoma-Marin Fair
Some of this year’s contestants had hairless bodies, others had lolling tongues.
The dogs and their handlers walked down a red carpet, as a panel of judges evaluated them.
Others vying for the title included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.
A 125-pound gentle giant Martha, a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face, won last year’s competition.
The contest is usually held on Friday nights, but organizers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.