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  • Handsome Dan is a bulldog who serves as the mascot of Yale University's sports teams. In addition to a person wearing a costume, the position is filled by an actual bulldog, the honor being transferred to another upon death or retirement. Handsome Dan is selected based on his ability to tolerate bands and children, negative reaction to the color crimson and to tigers, and cleanliness. Handsome Dan is the first live college mascot in America, and therefore he is also believed to be the first live mascot in the entire world. Since the inception of the tradition in 1889, 17 dogs have held the position.