Martha the Mastiff Named 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog

Yesterday, we told you all about the World’s Ugliest Dog contest held in Petaluma, California. We even gave you the lowdown on last year’s winner, a seventeen year old Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix named Sweepee Rambo. But that was last year and there is a new top dog in town now that the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has concluded. A much larger and significantly droopier dog has been crowned with the title.

The twenty ninth annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is typically dominated by small, older dogs with a variety of health issues and ailments. In this case, however, a large three year old dog showed all those little dogs up with her unique look. Weighing in at a staggering one hundred and twenty five pounds, a Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was the ugliest dog in town. It was clear from the beginning of the competition that Martha was the crowd favorite in the doggy lineup.

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Martha is known to for being large, quite ugly, really lazy, and unfortunately quite gassy as well. Even during the competition when she was supposed to be walking down the stage, she much preferred to lie on her side to show off her droopy jowls and rest instead. Martha’s handler reported that she has quite an impressive snore to boot.

Martha the Mastiff beat out thirteen other dogs for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog, most of them quite small. For her title, Martha and her handler walked away with $1,500 cash, a trophy, and a trip to New York for media appearances and interviews. This is a happy ending for Martha, who was rescued after nearly going blind due to neglect. She’s had a series of surgeries to save her sight and can now see quite well. What a good dog Martha!

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