Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Minnesota pooch wins World's Ugliest Dog crown

Minnesota pooch wins World's Ugliest Dog crown

Zsa Zsa takes the stage at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, north of San Francisco, California on June 23, 2018.

The 9-year-old beat out 13 other dogs to win the "honor" at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, snagging a $1,500 prize and a massive trophy - and "delivering a shower of slobber as she claimed this year's title", according to a press release announcing her win.

During the competition, now in its 30th year, the canines flaunt their imperfections as they walk down a red carpet with their handlers and are evaluated by a panel of judges. Continuing the paradox of the contest, Megan Brainard, who obviously loves her dog, said, "We are so excited for her".

The 2018 contest included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang. Most of the World's Ugliest Dog contestants are up for adoption and the event helps raise awareness of pet rescue and adoption.

Zsa Zsa's doting owner told The New York Times that it was the pooch's personality that scored her the trophy.

Well, if you're going to compete then you better win and that accolade goes to an English bulldog named Zsa Zsa. Here's what our winning pup's profile had to say about her life before World's Ugliest Dog stardom. She picked up Zsa Zsa about four years ago as a rescue dog from Missouri puppy mill.

Last year a three-year old Neopolitan Mastiff named Martha took the crown.

The contest is usually held on Friday nights, but organizers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.

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