We all think that our dogs are the cutest around, which often prompts much debate when we get together with our dog-loving friends. But, really, ours ARE the cutest…
For every cute dog, however, there’s a Zsa Zsa – the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog 2018 competition.
Congratulations to the 2018 #WorldsUgliestDog Contest WINNER Zsa Zsa! Charming the judges with her beauty and talent Zsa Zsa pulled in front of the pack, taking this year’s crown at the #SonomaMarinFair! @pawscouttag pic.twitter.com/pVAXgT3BzZ
— Sonoma-Marin Fair (@SonomaMarinFair) 24 June 2018
Although initially misleading, the competition aims to celebrate diversity within dogs and promote the ‘adopt don’t shop’ message. Many of the dogs competing in the competition were rescued from shelters or puppy mills, encouraging prospective owners to look beyond appearance and focus on what they can give to their future pets.
This year’s competition included a formerly obese dog with sagging skin; a blind, hairless dog; and a well seasoned dog with a crooked face and different coloured eyes, that had already won six other ugly dog titles!
The annual competition, which has run for almost 30 years, took place on June 23 at Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. One by one, each contestant (and their proud owner) took to the stage, all hoping to get their paws on the coveted trophy and cash prize of $1,500.
Ultimately, it was Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog who won – and it’s not hard to see why! With a wrinkled face, protruding underbite, and tongue hanging so low it threatens to touch the floor, he more than earned his title!
Zsa Zsa took the title from last year’s winner Martha, the Neapolitan Mastiff – a notoriously gassy gentle giant with a drooping face. As ugly as one would expect, really…
As much as we can laugh at the ugly mutts taking part, we’re totally behind the competition and the message that it promotes. We’re always talking about mental health and self esteem, and it’s about time we stopped favouring dogs for their looks and spent more time giving them all the unconditional love that they deserve.
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