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2017 Beautiful Bulldog Contest

39th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Registration for this year's contest has closed. Forty contestants and ten alternates were selected at a public lottery on Tuesday, March 20. The event is free to attend and open to the public, but we encourage all observers to bring a donation of dog or cat food to support the Griff Gives Back campaign!  Meet this year's contestants! 

During the contest, each contestant will walk the runway while our emcee reads the contestant bio. This is prime time for the pups to show off their stuff or do tricks. After crossing the stage, our judges will contemplate the winners of each award category. The categories are 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.

Stay up to date on everything Beautiful Bulldog by liking our Facebook page! You can also read up on our 2017 Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winner, Prudence! She is owned by Tom and Angela Miller of Des Moines and was the official mascot of the 2017 Drake Relays.

Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Sunday, April 22
Rescue Festival at 12 PM
Pageant at 1 PM
Knapp Center

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