Unlike most beauty pageants, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates imperfection, and only the least pretty pups can compete.
Held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, the competition features a red carpet and a “Faux Paw” fashion show – only dogs are allowed on this catwalk, however.
Martha is officially the winner of the 29th World’s Ugliest Dog contest as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
The coveted title has previously gone to Chinese Crest Sweepee Rambo, hunchback Quasi Modo, and Mugly, another Chinese Crested pooch. They’re a popular ugly breed.
It’s the first time the prize has gone to a mastiff – so well done, Martha.
Martha is a rescue dog, adopted by Shirley Zindler when Martha was nearly blind and in constant pain. After multiple surgeries, Martha’s able to see again. Here’s hoping she can see her trophy, as well as the $1,500 prize money.
Martha won over the judges by regularly giving up and lying down on stage when she was supposed to be parading her looks, allowing her droopy face to spread all over the floor.
Moe, a Brussels Griffon-mix, came in second place.
Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix came in third place.
Here are a few of the other contestants: