Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog Dies at 9, Weeks after Winning ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Contest

Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog that won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, Calif., in June, has died.
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Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, whose droopy tongue, protruding teeth and penchant for Slim Jims earned her fleeting moments of fame last month as the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, died on Tuesday. She was 9.

Her death was announced by her owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., who said the dog had died in her sleep. She said Zsa Zsa had not been having any health issues. The average life expectancy for bulldogs, according to the American Kennel Club, is eight to 10 years.

The news of her death was first reported by TODAY.com.

Zsa Zsa’s life had modest beginnings. She spent the first five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before she was put up for auction and bought by a rescue group.

After Ms. Brainard adopted her, Zsa Zsa spent her days lounging around, refusing to do much of anything unless food was involved. Her favorite snacks? A Slim Jim or a steak burrito from Chipotle.

But her life turned into a cross-country whirlwind after she won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, Calif., on June 23.

Zsa Zsa, after her victory, in a pile of Slim Jims.
Credit: Megan Brainard

Her family drove 30 hours from Minnesota to enter her in the contest, which is actually a celebration of unsightly dogs and is intended to promote pet adoption.

Zsa Zsa’s résumé was tough to beat: a dry, dangling tongue. A severe underbite, with crooked teeth that almost touched her nose. A dose of drool.

Ms. Brainard said she had to carry the dog across the stage and entice her to impress the judges. “She was eating part of a Slim Jim on the table and just sneezed all over them and was drooling on them,” she said.

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SOURCE: The New Times, by Sarah Mervosh