The Beautiful Bulldog Contest

2020 Contest Postponed

UPDATE: Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom along with related special events and programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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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, please email us at

Past Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winners

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

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