World's ugliest dog dies weeks after taking title

Camera Icon Zsa Zsa

Camera Icon Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: the copiously drooling English bulldog named the World's "Ugliest Dog" just weeks ago has died.

Brainard told NBC's "Today" show website that the 9-year-old dog had been staying with her father.

The World's Ugliest Dog title holder died early in the morning. Zsa Zsa's fans even wore shirts with her face on them.

At the time, Brainard said in an email to CNN that Zsa Zsa - who has two fur brothers, a pug and a Frenchie - owed her impressive tongue to her nearly horizontal upper teeth and heavily pronounced underbite, which made it hard to keep the pink, fleshy mass in her mouth.

Zha-Zha was found in a nursery in Missouri at the age of five. On the death of the English bulldog, who in the contest for the ugliest dog, held in the United States, had a landslide victory, said the owner of the animal Megan Brainard. Brainard took him a year later.

Ms Brainard, of Anoka, Minnesota, adopted Zsa Zsa after spotting her on Petfinder. She bested 13 other dogs to claim the top spot.

As we noted about the annual contest, its organizers say that it's meant to show how lovable and unique all dogs are, regardless of what some people might view as imperfections.