Frequently Asked Questions

Will the 2021 Beautiful Bulldog Contest be held?

The Beautiful Bulldog Contest is moving forward in 2021 with a condensed version of the typical in-person contest. To ensure safety of the contestants and judges, only 20 English bulldogs will compete for the title of 2021 Most Beautiful Bulldog.

How will the 20 contestants be chosen?

There will be a virtual voting component open to Drake University students, faculty, and staff to choose the 20 contestants. 

How can I stay up-to-date on the Beautiful Bulldog Contest?

Please follow the Beautiful Bulldog Contest Facebook page and bookmark our webpage, You can also RSVP to both events where we will post timely updates.

General Questions

Is it too late to enter my Bulldog?

Registration for the 2021 contest will be open from February 15, 2021 to March 8, 2021.

Be sure to bookmark and follow our Facebook page so you don’t miss any announcements regarding the contest.

Does it cost to enter?

No, it does not cost to register for the Beautiful Bulldog Contest. We ask that only serious applicants register so we can avoid last minute drops. We draw alternates, but have had an increase in participants dropping out last minute. Please only register if you can attend the contest on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Do I need to bring proof of vaccines?

All entries must have current rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations and this year we will be asking for proof of vaccinations from your veterinarian should you be drawn as one of the official contestants.

Can I bring my pet as a spectator to the contest?

No. For the safety of the animals and all spectators, we ask that people do not bring their pets to the contest. The only animals allowed are the contestants and the animals up for adoption from the various local animal shelters.

If we win, what is expected of us?

As the official mascot of the 2021 Drake Relays, this year’s Most Beautiful Bulldog is required to visit the Drake Relays on either Friday or Saturday, April 23 or 24, 2021. The winner will also be asked to attend the 2022 Beautiful Bulldog Contest, if possible, for a formal passing of the cape and crown. The winner may be invited to participate in additional promotional opportunities throughout the year, but it is ultimately up to each individual winner to decide how involved they want to be.  

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