Martha the Neapolitan mastiff wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Quasi Modo wins top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma Calif. The annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates homely pooches for thei

Quasi Modo wins top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma Calif. The annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates homely pooches for thei

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

She won the contest Friday night and was awarded $1,500, a trophy, and a trip to NY "for camera appearances".

"She's a 125-pound, drooling, snoring, gassy, loud and silly girl", said Shirley Dawn Zindler, Martha's foster owner at the Dogwood Animal Rescue Group, in a press release.

She beat out 13 other dogs, majority much older and much smaller. Contestants are judged on first impression, unusual attributes, personality and of course audience reaction.

In a competition that is usually dominated by the hairless, old and tiny, it was the young and massive who took this year's price.

That is, the jowly 3-year-old Neapolitan mastiff has some remarkably expansive cheeks - so expansive, in fact, they droop practically to her knees and flap like slobbery wings when she shakes her head.

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is held every year. Reigning champion SweePee Rambo, a blind Chinese crested, is a crowd favorite. The pup was almost blind from neglect by the time her new owner swept in and saved her.

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's imperfections in California. Monkey, a six-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an eight-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

These dogs - some with acne, others with tongues permanently sticking out - are used to getting called ugly.

And while each canine contestant had its own unsightly features, all of them had heartwarming stories, from neglect and abandonment to disabilities and surgeries.

A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo won the 2016 competition.

Besides the main crown, the Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provide service to their community. A Pet Fest precedes the 5:30 pre-show and the 6 p.m. competition.

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