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Newest “World’s Ugliest Dog” dies at age 9

Sixteen days after winning the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog,” Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, has died.

Zsa Zsa won the 30th annual contest on June 23. She passed way in her sleep Monday night, her owner, Megan Brainard, told the Star Tribune.

With her floppy tongue, crooked teeth, pronounced underbite and squished in face, Zsa Zsa captured the hearts of the judges at the annual contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, which bestows the dubious honor annually.

zsa-zsa-today-tease-180625_f6982e248fea6a466e6e3f64763a2512.fit-560wThe contest describes itself as “all in fun,” and a way to promote dog adoption.

It has some hard core fans, some hard core contestants, and some critics, too, who say the competition has become a little too cut-throat, and too often features unhealthy, sickly and deformed dogs.

Some years, winning dogs have been expected abuse victims, or been given points for an “oozing sore.”

Nevertheless, it is greeted every year by the news media with puns and laughs.

After winning the annual contest in California, Zsa Zsa was flown to New York for an appearance on the morning shows, including NBC’s “Today Show” and “Fox & Friends.”

Brainard, of Anoka, Minnesota, adopted Zsa Zsa after spotting her on Petfinder. The dog had previously been rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri when she was five years old.

Brainard said she named Zsa Zsa after the Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, as the pup enjoyed lounging on the couch “like a beautiful model.”

Pabst takes blue ribbon as ugliest dog

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Pabst, a boxer mix with a serious underbite, took top honors in  Friday’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Marin- Sonoma Fair.

Pabst beat out five Chinese Cresteds — the breed that traditionally takes top honors in the competition — including a former world champion  named Rascal to take first place.

Pabst  fetched $1,600 in prize money, a modeling contract, and a table-full of collars, leashes and toys.

Pabst’s victory was an upset of sorts. The hairless and awkward-appearing Chinese Crested breed has dominated the contest for over seven years.

The onwer of Pabst, Miles Egstad, said he named his dog for his “bitter beer face.”

The annual contest started back in 1976. This year’s judges included Jon Provost, who played Timmy on “Lassie”; Karen “Doc” Halligan from “Groomer Has It,” “Dog Tales,” and “Animal Rescue 911”; and Sonoma-Marin Fair board member Brian Sobel.

Egstad said  Pabst was originally rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy about 4 years ago. He recalls once being told by a friend, “I’m so glad you adopted Pabst, because I don’t know if anyone else would!”

Pabst sports a two-inch underbite, a large burn scar on his stomach and his nails grow in any direction they feel, his owner says. 

“Needless to say Pabst gets attention everywhere he goes,” he said. “In all actuality Pabst enjoys taking lots of naps and laying in the sun, and he is not the scary looking dog his teeth make him out to be.”

Chomper: Ugliest dog in San Diego

Some of the ugliest dogs in San Diego gathered in Del Mar over the weekend in hopes of being proclaimed worst in show.

The honor went to Chomper, a pound pooch with a long speckled tongue that protrudes from his mouth — even when it’s closed.

“Chomper came in as a puppy about four years ago,” said Nola Chastang with San Diego Animal Rescue. “The whole litter had distemper. He’s the only survivor. He’s totally healthy, he’s been to the vet, checked out, he’s healthy.”

Chomper is a boxer mix, about four years old.

Proceeds from the event — this year’s was the 14th — go to the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter and other animal rescue projects across the county.