English bulldog from Minnesota wins World's Ugliest Dog title

Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site. Here she stands onstage after being announced the winner

Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site. Here she stands onstage after being announced the winner

Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog was happily named the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog in the annual contest that took place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, CA on June 23 and became an internet sensation!

The dog's owner, Megan Brainard, found the dog through a pet-finding site and she has now won $1,500 for Zsa Zsa's win.

The competition is now in its 30th year and it exists so owners can flaunt the imperfections of their dogs and hopefully earn a bit of money in the process.

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The pooch's owner Megan Brainard, from Anoka, Minnesota, will receive $1,500 (£1,100) following the victory in Petaluma, California.

Rather than poke fun at the dogs, the competition celebrates canines in all their shapes and sizes, many of whom, like this year's victor, come from shelters or puppy mills.

Last year's victor - Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff. The dogs are evaluated by a panel of judges. After all, we don't want her taking up space where a TRULY ugly dog could shine.

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Zsa Zsa's competitors included a blind, hairless Chinese crested mix, a dreadlocked terrier, a Pekingese named Wild Thang and a formerly overweight pup with sagging skin. A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the victor of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"She was a puppy mill dog for 5 years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction", Zsa Zsa's profile on the competition website reads. Contestants are also judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

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