The Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® presented by Sammons Financial returns to the Knapp Center Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m. for an in-person (and canine) event. This year, 20 English bulldogs will compete for the title of Most Beautiful Bulldog. The winning pooch will serve as the mascot for the 111th Drake Relays.

The event is free to attend and due to the pandemic, there will be assigned seating. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Review the University face coverings policy here

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The event is free to attend and there will be assigned and ticketed seating to ensure social distancing. Requests for tickets are now closed. 

Questions? If you have any questions about the Beautiful Bulldog Contest that aren't answered in our eligibility rules, contest rules, or Frequently Asked Questions, please email us at


Griff II's KONG Giveaway

Additionally, in a collaboration to support and promote dog rescue, Griff II, Drake University's Live Mascott, is handing out KONGs to dogs at Midwest shelters and rescue organizations. Learn more about these organizations here


2020 Contest and Winner Hulk

HulkIn 2020, the contest was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 16,000 people voted in the final round of the Facebook Poll to decide the 2020 Most Beautiful Bulldog for the 41st running of the contest.

Hulk, a three-year-old Bulldog from Jewell, Iowa, took the crown and assumed his reign on National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day, April 21, 2020.

Learn more about Hulk and the 2020 contest here.


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.


Past Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winners

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

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