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The ‘world’s ugliest dog’ is an English bulldog called Zsa Zsa

Contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekinese named Wild Thang

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 June, 2018, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 June, 2018, 1:19pm

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

Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma.

The dog’s owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive US$1,500 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.

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

Last year’s winner was a 57kg gentle giant named Martha – a Neapolitan 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.