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Published April 23 2012

Tyson charms judges to win “Beautiful Bulldog” pageant in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Tyson, a beloved English bulldog, doesn't bite ears like his namesake, boxer Mike Tyson. But he does share a title: champion.

The 2-year-old pup with a fetching face and a winning personality was crowned the winner of this year's “Beautiful Bulldog” pageant Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.

“He's kind of compact. He's got the one big roll and the spot over his eye,” said owner Tyler Motter, of Urbandale, Iowa. “His personality is amazing.”

Tyson beat out 49 other pups for the honor Monday in the tongue-in-cheek contest, now in its 33rd year, which kicks off festivities at the annual Drake Relays track and field meet.

Tyson beat out a cast of costumed and cleverly named characters, such as RocketMan, Matilda Rose and Chief McBeef. Applications were submitted for more than 100 dogs, and the field was whittled down to 50 by a lottery.