The World’s Ugliest Dog Is Named Martha


A Neopolitan Mastiff called Martha won the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog award.

After looking at the photo, this may seem like a no-brainer to some; but to those who find that statement mean, please consider this.

Neopolitan Mastiffs like Martha all have massive jowls, and the skin over the whole rest of their bodies sags in ways that resemble melting wax.  And, as far as I can tell, they only come in one color– dark gray.

Martha in particular is described as lazy and gassy.  In addition, she has the unfortunate habit of drooling cupfuls, and two surgeries have not been able to cure her of permanently red eyes.  The owner’s dad called Martha a “train wreck”.

Now, this is to say nothing against her personality.  Martha is apparently very loving towards her owner and her owner’s other dog, a St. Bernard.  Many mastiffs have a very aggressive temperament, but not Martha.  She is kind, even around people and dogs that are strangers to her.

Her owners think that she is beautiful, and the crowd at the World’s Ugliest Dog event loved her, cheering when she fell asleep on stage.  A lady named Janet Palma said she was “darling”.

So which side is right?

Well, you know what I think– nasty outside, pretty inside.  But I would like to know what you think.  Is Martha ugly?  Is any dog ugly?  Leave a comment and let me know!



  • “Huge, Homely Mastiff Named Martha Wins World’s Ugliest Dog”, by Ariana Brockington and Associated Press, NBC News, June 24, 2017.
  • “She Was Named World’s Ugliest Dog, but ‘She’s Just Darling'”, by Hannah Alani, New York Times, June 24, 2017.

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