The World's Ugliest Dog Contest Exists and We are in Love With the Winner

While perfectly adorable puppies and beautifully flawless dogs will never fail to draw our attention, there is something inherently lovable and endearing about a dog who is just plain ugly.

To celebrate these unattractive furballs, the Sonoma-Marin fair has been hosting the World's Ugliest Dog contest for 50 years!

Meet Martha, winner of the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest! #TODAYShow (photo via @photonate)

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This year, the contest featured fourteen lucky dogs on the annual red carpet, all with a wide variety of less-than-perfect features. In the end, a 3-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was crowned the winner. Her adorably wrinkly face, constant drooling, and gassy tendencies made her stand out among her competitors to receive the $1,500 cash prize and 5-foot-tall trophy that marked her win.


Obviously unaccustomed to her new levels of fame, Martha decided that her crowning moment was the perfect time for a nap. We understand, Martha, being a star is hard.

Click HERE to see more of Martha and her fierce competitors!


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