This gassy Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha

Shirley Zindler, of Sebastopol, Calif, lifts up the jowls of Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Petaluma, Calif. Martha was the victor of the event. She's also described as big, lazy, homely and gassy.

A huge, saggy Neapolitan Mastiff has been crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog" at the 26th annual contest in Petaluma, California.

But Martha is now a world champion. The 3-year-old was a crowd favorite from the beginning of the World's Ugliest Dog competition. After several surgeries, she can now see again, said her handler Zindler.

"She's just a bit unique", Martha's owner Shirley Zindler told the Press Democrat.

Martha's family received $1,500, a trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances.

With an air of languid confidence Martha pawed her way past her 13 competitors, with judges saying they were impressed by what appeared to be "300 pounds of skin" hanging off her big-boned, 125-pound (57 kilogram) body.

But when she was named the victor, she slumped over on her side and let her massive face droop on the stage.

Numerous contestants are adopted.

The dogs entered in the contest often flaunt unnaturally droopy faces, bared teeth, and unruly fur and tongues that stick out permanently. Martha comes from Santa Rosa, California. But for their owners, it was love at first sight. 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 where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

The dogs were judged on audience reaction, first impressions and "unusual attributes".

Like, last year, a blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo took home the title.

  • Salvatore Jensen