Huge, Homely Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog

Posted June 25, 2017

A 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was officially crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog" at the Sonoma Marin Fair in California on Friday.

And now, they've earned Martha a prestigious honor: the title of world's ugliest dog.

In winning, Martha also earned another - one might say greater - honor: her place enshrined on an illustrious list of champions that dates back almost three decades.

Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was nearly blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

This year's victor is two-year-old Peanut, who was badly burned as a puppy, and his owner says she wants to use her pet to raise awareness of animal abuse. After several surgeries, she can now see again, [handler Shirley] Zindler said.

Numerous contestants were adopted.

Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese crested-harke mix, came third.

Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second. He has lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells the fairground offered - including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

The dogs entered in the contest often flaunt unnaturally droopy faces, bared teeth, and unruly fur and tongues that stick out permanently.

For representing the flawless "cute-ugly mix" Martha was awarded $1,500 prize, a trip to NY and a shiny trophy. But for their owners, it was love at first sight.