She’s Huge and Homely: Meet the World’s Ugliest Dog

She's Huge and Homely: Meet the World's Ugliest Dog

Martha the Neapolitan Mastiff is more than just a droopy face — she’s a world champion.

At 3 years old and 125 pounds, Martha on Friday night pawed her way to the top at this year’s 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California, where she was awarded $1,500, a trophy and a trip to New York for camera appearances.

NBC News’ Kerry Sanders, one of the three judges, asked Martha: “Do you know you just won the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest?”

Martha’s handler, Shirley Zindler, replied: “I’d gloat, but I need a nap.”

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The Northern California crowd was charmed by Martha as she lay with her exhausted face spread across the stage.

The gentle giant was nearly blind and rescued from the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Santa Rosa when she was younger.

Image: 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.

Shirley Zindler of Sebastopol, Calif., sits with her Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha after after winning the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog contest.