Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Martha the Mastiff earned the spot of top dog (erm, won first place) at the "World's Ugliest Dog" competition over the weekend. The contestants came from across the country, with one even coming from England, to compete.

The three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff charmed the judges with her layers upon layers of wrinkles. The unusual yet interesting event held yearly is usually dominated by the old, tiny and hairless Chinese Crested or Chihuahua dog breed but not this time around.

For representing the flawless "cute-ugly mix" Martha was awarded $1,500 prize, a trip to NY and a shiny trophy.

This was the 29th year for the contest.

Martha was almost blind due to neglect when she was rescued by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where this contest was held.

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Like victor Martha, many dogs were adopted.

Storm Shayler (R) holds her Chinese Crested dog, Chase and Miriam Tcheng (L) holds her Brussel Griffon Pug at the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California.

Numerous contestants were adopted. Martha's eyes might be bright red and her owners might have to clean in between her jowls with a Q-tip to prevent mold and yeast infections and whatever, but that doesn't mean she's ugly!

In the high-stakes world of competitive dog shows, veteran judge Brian Sobel says first impressions make all the difference. After several surgeries, the Mastiff has now regained some of her sight. "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", the CEO of the fair said in a statement on the competition to E!

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