English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins ugliest dog contest

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2018

Going into this year's World Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Linda Elmquist of Tucson, Arizona, had high hopes that her dog could make another run at the title. 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!

The bulldog, whose tongue hangs out of the side of her mouth and nearly touches the ground, was adopted by Megan Brainard, told CNN that "from the moment we saw her attractive face, we knew we would be her forever home". After all, we don't want her taking up space where a TRULY ugly dog could shine.

The dogs and their handlers walk down a red carpet, before being evaluated by a panel of judges.

Zsa Zsa was one of 14 contestants vying to be ugliest.

The cuddly competition, which helps organizers publicize that many pets are available for adoption, allowed owners to flaunt the imperfections of their dogs. Some people think she's too conventionally cute of a dog to be claiming such a loud title. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again.

Wild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.

The California fair tradition dates back 30 years.

Last year's victor was a 125-pound gentle giant named Martha - a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face. Crowds cheered when Zsa Zsa was pronounced this year's ugliest. Moe has lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is said to still be impeccable.

Some of this year's contestants had hairless bodies, others had lolling tongues. He came in third place.

All dogs are good dogs. The competition itself aims to raise awareness for dog adoption. She picked up Zsa Zsa about four years ago as a rescue dog from Missouri puppy mill.

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