Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

Alejandro Massey
June 25, 2017

Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff who was so disinterested in Friday's World's Ugliest Dog Contest that she plopped down on the ground in front of judges, has been crowned the 2017 victor.

At 3 years old and 125 pounds, Martha on Friday night pawed her way to the top at this year's 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California, where she was awarded $1,500, a trophy and a trip to NY for camera appearances.

It took several surgeries before she was able to see again, Zindler said.

Martha won a $1,500 prize, a trophy and a trip to New York City for media appearances. This year, the award went to the competition's oldest participant Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix that had lost its sense of sight and hearing, but maintained a superb sense of smell. He came in second ahead of Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese crested-harke mix, who was third.

The panel based their decisions on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction, the agency added.

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The competition also aims to find a home for abandoned dogs through a series of events that include a fashion show and red carpet walk.

Numerous contestants are adopted. FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, first place victor SweePee Rambo, a 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua, is cradled by her owner Jason Wurtz of Encino after the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at.

The 3-year-old hound beat out 13 other canines for the title, including a bald Chinese Crested pooch and a mixed breed named Icky.

Moe was this year's most senior contestant. But for their owners, it was love at first sight. This is the 29th year the contest is being held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

"He's my sexy boy", Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.

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