Floppy-faced Neapolitan Mastiff named 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Zindler said that Martha was almost blind when she was rescued, but after multiple surgeries, she's able to see out of one eye (although her eyes are now red).

Martha, a 56-kilogram Neapolitan mastiff with a face that could be charitably described as relaxed, has been crowned "World's Ugliest Dog" in the US. After several surgeries, she can now see again, [handler Shirley] Zindler said.

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

The judges took into consideration first impressions, unusual attributes, personality, and the crowd's reaction when deciding the winners.

And now they've earned Martha a prestigious honor: the title of world's ugliest dog.

"We're proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great addition to any family", says Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, where the contest is held.

Like victor Martha, many dogs were adopted.

The next three dogs in the competition were of the Chinese Crested breed, which often wins the trophies.

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

A 16-year-old Brussels Giffon-pug mix named Moe, who was also the oldest in the competition, took second place. "Notable past winners include Walle, a basset/boxer mix that waddled as he walked; Peanut, a tiny dog with a history of abuse; and Quasi Modo a short-spined mutt that was an audience favorite", the contest's website reads.

Last year, Sweepee Rambo, a 17-year-old blind Chihuahua, won the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog.

The small coastal city of Petaluma has been hosting an annual ugly dog contest for more than 50 years, organisers said.

  • Salvatore Jensen