English bulldog drools way to 'World's Ugliest Dog' crown

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 25 2018 12:42 PM

Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog, stands on stage after winning The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, north of San Francisco, California. Josh Edelson, AFP

PETALUMA -- With a lolling tongue and a propensity to drool, English bulldog Zsa Zsa won best in show at World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California.

Zsa Zsa, sporting a hot pink collar and matching nails for her moment in the spotlight, came out on top of a tough field of 14.

The nine-year-old Zsa Zsa came from a hardscrabble background, spending five years in a puppy mill in the US state of Missouri and being sold at auction before she attained ugliest dog immortality.

Other competitors included Rascal Deux, a Chinese crested who wore sunglasses and a leopard print coat to cover hairless skin, and Wild Thang, a pekingese all but hidden by a mass of fluffy hair.

Martha, the jowly Neapolitan mastiff who took first place in the competition the previous year, was on hand to pass the baton to Zsa Zsa, whose winnings include a trophy, $1,500 and an appearance on NBC's Today Show in New York.

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