Meet Martha, the world's ugliest dog

Danny Woods
June 26, 2017

"Her huge feet, the baggy skin on her legs, the floppy skin over her eyes".

Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, has been named this year's World's Ugliest Dog.

Martha is former rescue dog who went almost blind from neglect, said Ms Zindler.

The wrinkly and drool-covered rescue pup beat out the more traditional winners of old, tiny and hairless dogs to claim top prize of USA $1,500 along with a trophy and a trip to NY.

"She knocks over every water bucket no matter how securely attached to the fence", owner Shirley Dawn Zindler said.

The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

The judges liked Martha's behavior, which was absolutely natural, she quietly went on the stage, not paying attention to anyone and expressing her intention to perform any dog tricks.

Weighing nearly 57kg, the three-year-old Neapolitan mastiff was the only dog out of 14 contestants that was too big to be carried on stage by its owner.

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The 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest was held in Petaluma, California.

And the 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff's victory did not come easy.

While present-day Martha is happy as can be, she comes with quite a sad backstory.

"She's just a bit unique", Martha's owner Shirley Zindler told the Press Democrat.

The competition - which goes viral every year - usually attracts smaller dogs that compete for a $1,500 prize and a big, flashy trophy, but it's Martha who was crowned the victor this time!

In a lighthearted contest often won by small dogs, this year's victor is a big surprise.

The Chinese Crested (this one named Sweepee Rambo, with proud dad Jason Wurtz) has dominated ugly dog comps because. well, this.

Numerous contestants were adopted. He had lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells at the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

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