The Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 2020 Beautiful Bulldog Contest® at Drake University is excited to move forward in a first-ever virtual voting format for its 41st annual contest. This change was made in light of the coronavirus pandemic and in respect to public health concerns.

The virtual format will continue as follows:

  • The public will narrow down nearly 200 registered bulldogs through an online voting process to help contest officials populate a bracket made of the top 32 contestants.
  • The bulldogs will then enter head-to-head voting rounds to eventually come to four finalists, which will be known as the “Fancy Four.”
  • After the Fancy Four are selected, the finalists will submit videos, photos, and more in-depth biography information before the public vote to choose the 2020 Most Beautiful Bulldog.

Voting Online

Public voting will take place online in a bracket format, through polls on our Facebook page, and will culminate on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, which is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day.

Voting will determine which bulldogs advance in each round going forward and will take place exclusively on our Facebook page through the Polls function starting, Wednesday, April 15. Initial seeding will be determined at random and the competition will progress through single elimination rounds. Each voting round will last 24 hours, will be launched at approximately 10 a.m., and will feature one dog competing for votes against another contestant.

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Contestant Bracket

Typically, several celebrity judges evaluate the contestants and determine a winner. This year, fans of the contest will get to choose the Most Beautiful Bulldog winner. Tentative plans are for the winner to be crowned at a public event during a rescheduled Drake Relays later this year. Regardless, this year’s winner will serve as the Drake Relays Mascot until the 2021 contest.

The contest is proud to announce Sammons Financial as the sponsor for both the 2020 and 2021 contests. In 2021, the contest is expected to return to its traditional festival and pageant format complete with a rescue festival, a family fun zone, and merchandise.

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The Beautiful Bulldog Contest History

The Beautiful Bulldog Contest® at Drake University is a unique trademarked event with a 40-year history. The event kicks off a week-long Drake Relays celebration. Forty English Bulldogs walk the pup-way to impress judges in hopes of being crowned the Most Beautiful Bulldog. The winner then serves a year-long reign as the Drake Relays mascot and the Most Beautiful Bulldog. 

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.

2019 Most Beautiful Bulldog: Beau

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.



Past Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winners

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

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