The Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 44th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest® will take place Monday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open to fans at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the Rescue Dog Festival and Kids Zone before the pageant begins. Registration for the contest will open on February 13, 2023 and close on March 13, 2023. Follow this webpage and the contest Facebook page for updates.


2022 Winner Bam Bam

2022 BBC Winner Bam BamMore than 1,000 people were on hand at the Knapp Center to witness the crowning of Bam Bam as the 2022 Most Beautiful Bulldog during the 43rd annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University.

The five-year-old bulldog from Champlin, Minnesota, won over judges with his costume of Russell—complete with balloons and a Wilderness Explorer uniform—from the Disney/Pixar movie Up. His owner, Maggie Estby, dressed as the character Carl.

Estby, who works as zookeeper at the Minnesota Zoo specializing in tigers, leopards, wild boars, and dholes, says Bam Bam is a big lover with lots of personality.

“He loves people, he loves chewing bones, he loves going for short walks, he loves to sunbathe, he loves to cuddle,” she says.

Read more about Bam Bam here.


The Beautiful Bulldog Contest History

The Beautiful Bulldog Contest® at Drake University is a unique trademarked event with an over 40-year history. The event kicks off a week-long Drake Relays celebration. Thirty 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.


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

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