Martha the Neapolitan Mastiff is crowned 'World's Ugliest Dog'


A tough to look at but easily to love gentle giant took this year's title of "World's Ugliest Dog."

While most years the champion of the Sonoma-Marin Fair's signature event in California is usually a puppety Chinese crested or cross-eyed Chihuahua (or some unholy mixture in between), 2017 is the year of the big, ugly dog.

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Meet Martha, the 3-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff that won over the judges and the crowd for her drooling, excess skin and endless wrinkles.

"We were impressed by a 125-pound dog with 300 pounds of skin. And Martha was the overwhelming crowd favorite," joked Chief Judge Brian Sobel.

Martha, who is being fostered by Shirley Dawn Zindler for the Dogwood Animal Rescue Group, takes home $1,500 and a monumental, 5-foot-tall trophy.

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Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff sits in the grass at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. Martha won the competition which included an award of $1500, a trophy and a flight to New York for media appearances. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Shirley Zindler stretches the face of her dog Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, that went on to win this year's World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California, on June 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 23: Shirley Zindler (C) of Sebastopol, California, and Kerry Sanders (R) of NBC laugh as they sit with her Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha after after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, became the World's Ugliest Dog during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Shirley Zindler pets her dog Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff that went on to win this year's World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 23: Shirley Zindler of Sebastopol, California sits with her Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha after after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, became the World's Ugliest Dog during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, shakes water off her head after winning this year's World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. The winner of the competition is awarded $1500, a trophy, and is flown to New York for media appearances. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 23: A Chinese Crested dog named Rascal looks on during the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, became the World's Ugliest Dog during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 23: Miriam Tcheng holds her Brussel Griffon Pug named Moe during the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, became the World's Ugliest Dog during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Miriam Tcheng holds her Brussel Griffon Pug 'Moe' during The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, went on to win the competition taking first prize. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jon Adler whispers into the ear of his Chinese Crested dog Icky at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, went on to win the competition taking first prize. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Dane Andrews helps stop his dog Rascal from jumping off the judging table during The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, went on to win the competition taking first prize. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese Crested dog named Chase walks on stage during The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 23, 2017. Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, went on to win the competition taking first prize. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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"She's a 125-pound, drooling, snoring, gassy, loud and silly girl. She knocks over every water bucket no matter how securely attached to the fence. She bosses the other dogs around and makes sure all guests are suitably slimed on arrival," says Shirley.

Second place went to Moe, owned by Miriam Tcheng and third place was Chase, owned by Storm Shayler.

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The Spirit award was won by Precious, owned by Catherine Kennedy.

Last year, the trophy went to a tiny little Chihuahua mix named SweePee who, at 17 and blind with only the thinnest whispers of hair on her quivering body, was also as hard to look at as she was easy to adore.

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