Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins Ugliest Dog contest

A nine-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

Zsa Zsa won the title on Saturday night (local time) at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Zsa Zsa the English bulldog took out this year’s title. Source: AP

The dog’s owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive US$1500 for Zsa Zsa’s win. Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site, according to the contest bio.

Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections – some have hairless bodies, others have lolling tongues. The dogs and their handlers walk down a red carpet. The dogs are evaluated by a panel of judges.

Himisaboo, a Chinese Crested and Dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Source: AP
Wild Thang, a Pekingese, also competed for the top spot. Source: AP

The contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

Last year’s winner was 57kg gentle giant named Martha — a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

The contest is in its 30th year. It is usually held on Friday nights, but organisers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.