3-year-old homely Mastiff Martha wins World's Ugliest Dog contest

The World's Ugliest Dog of 2017 has been crowned... and folks, say hello to Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff who is just adorable!

She was rescued when she was almost blind, but after several surgeries can see again, according to her handler Shirley Zindler. According to BBC, she can now see again after several surgeries.

As she was awarded her first-place prize - US$1500 (RM6,432), a trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances - Martha appeared unmoved, rolling over to let the voluminous folds of her droopy jowls flop onto the stage.

The top dog at this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest was also huge - a 125 lb. But Martha is now a world champion.

Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was nearly blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

Martha's win is especially significant since it breaks the stranglehold on ugliest dog titles that has been held for years by the Chinese Crested breed (cross a large, mange-ridden rat with a bat and a paralysed tongue and you've got the picture).

Martha proves that one can never have too much skin.

The annual event brings together the most unattractive hounds from all over the world and this year's contest is no different.

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.

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, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

Numerous contestants are adopted.

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

Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came in third.

  • Salvatore Jensen