The World’s Latest Ugliest Dog

A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest, but only after a judge asked her owner, “That tongue is real?” Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif., reports the AP. The dog’s owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., will receive $1,500 for Zsa Zsa’s win. Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site about four years ago, according to the contest bio. “She has come so far and she is just so beautiful in my eyes,” says Brainard, per the Press Democrat. “It’s her tongue, and her personality, and her slobber.”

“I shouldn’t be promoting the competition. But she’s awesome,” says the owner of the third-place winner. “She looks like a predator.” 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 Pekingese named Wild Thang. Last year’s winner was a 125-pound gentle giant named Martha—a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face. The contest is in its 30th year.

Rascal Deux is held by owner Dane Andrew before competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner takes home $1,500.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is hugged by owner Megan Brainard after being announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Wild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. A 9-year-old English bulldog, Zsa Zsa, was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Megan Brainard reacts after her dog Zsa Zsa is announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Also pictured at left is Yvonne Morones, with Scamp, who placed second, and Linda Elmquist, with Josie, who finished third.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Himisaboo, Chinese Crested and Dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Meatloaf, a bulldog mix, walks onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner takes home $1,500.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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