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You can't spell Beautiful without "Beau." The three-year-old Bulldog from Urbandale took the crown in the 40th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest presented by Sammons Financial Group on April 22. The English bulldog won the judges over with his winning personality, easygoing temperament, and beautiful appearance. His owners, TJ and Angela McKenzie and three children were all proudly showing off their Drake blue when Beau took the crown. Read more about Beau and the 2019 contest here.

Save the date for the 2020 contest to be held Sunday, April 19, 2020. Registration for this contest will open February 3, 2020 and close March 2, 2020. A public lottery will be held in March 2020 to determine the official contestants. 

During the contest, each contestant will walk the pageant runway. This is prime time for the pups to show off their stuff or do tricks. Our judges will meet each contestant and together determine the winners of each award category, which include Drake Spirit, Family Theme, Best Dressed, Congeniality, Rescue Dog Recognition, Porterhouse People's Choice, Second Runner-Up, Runner-Up, and Most Beautiful Bulldog. It’s up to the judges to decide how each Bulldog best represents these nine awards and both the judging time and the pageant is what they use to judge these categories. The 2020 Most Beautiful Bulldog will serve as the Drake Relays mascot for one year.

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If you have any questions about the Beautiful Bulldog Contest that aren't answered in our 2019 eligibility rules, contest rules, or Frequently Asked Questions document, please email us at beautifulbulldog@drake.edu

Past Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winners

Click here to see a listing of past contest winners through the years.


Thank you to these businesses for their contributions to the 40th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

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