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English bulldog Sza Sza crowned the ugliest dog in the world

A 9-year-old English bulldog named Sza Sza won Saturday night in the San Francisco area, the competition for the ugliest dog in the world.

The unsightly canine has won a US $1,500 purse from owner Megan Brainard of Minnesota. According to the organizing committee of the competition, the woman found Sza Sza at a pet adoption site.

Aspirants of the title had to walk with their masters on a red carpet and were judged by a panel of judges. Imperfections, such as uneven coats or hanging tongues, were rewarded.

Among them is a bastard – a mixture of dachshund and Chinese crested dog – covered with black dots, or a cross bulldog with an impressive amount of wrinkled and dangling skin.

Crested Chinese dogs (a bastard in the picture), bare-skinned, often look good during the competition. Photo: AFP / Getty Images / Josh Edelson
Crested Chinese dogs (a bastard in the picture), bare-skinned, often look good during the competition. Photo: AFP / Getty Images / Josh Edelson

Last year, it was Martha, a 57-kilogram (125-pound) docile Neapolitan man with a heavy face and flatulence, who had been chosen by the judges.

The competition, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, north of San Francisco, was in its 30th year.

By Sarah Colin

Sarah Colin is the senior editor of Strange News Chronicle, and can't really think of a better job than one that lets her read and write interesting stories on everything from aliens and asteroids to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Sarah previously worked in magazines at Transcontinental Media and headed up the lifestyle department at Sun Media. Her Twitter bio describes her as a "reader, writer, eater,, fancy geek, summer cyclist," which pretty much sums up how she spends her time outside of work.

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