Meet the Adorable & Adoptable Dogs Competing in This Year's Puppy Bowl

By Johnni Macke 03 Feb, 2019 1:00 PMTags
Puppy Bowl XVKeith Barraclough/Discovery

Today is the day, the big game is just hours away and we are so ready to see all the cuteness unfold.

As the afternoon rolls around you will find us glued to our TV screens as we prepare for the biggest game of the year...the 2019 Puppy Bowl. What, did you think we were talking about the Super Bowl? Not so fast!

Even though the Super Bowl is the biggest football game of the year it's the pre-show AKA Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl that we can't wait to watch year after year. It is technically a sporting event, so why not tune in and see it live?!

Before the New England Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, Georgia for Super Bowl LIII, an even cuter bunch of athletes—sorry Tom Brady, we still love you—will take the field and you can meet most of them right now.

This year, 93 puppies will compete on either Team Ruff or Team Fluff in order to come out as the top dogs of the 2019 Puppy Bowl.

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If we're being honest, these guys and girls are already winners in our minds, because they're so stinking cute. What makes these little ones even more lovable is that they can all be adopted.

Each of the competitors have come from shelters throughout North America and even if they aren't on the winning team this Super Bowl Sunday, they can still win a forever home if someone watching them on TV, or reading this post, decides to rescue them.

Sounds like a pretty sweet gig, right? Play in the Puppy Bowl and potentially get adopted? Not a bad job at all.

Since we do still have to wait until this afternoon to watch these pups run around their stadium—which features kitten cheerleaders—we have figured out the best way to stay occupied until kick off.

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We're going to stare at the precious puppy starting lineup below until the real game starts and we suggest you do the same.

What are you waiting for? There are cute puppies to ooh and ahh over right now, so get to it!

Alexander

Team: Ruff

Breed: Great Pyrenees 

Shelter: Big Fluffy Dogs, TN

Lola

Team: Fluff

Breed: Shar Pei

Shelter: Florida Little Dog Rescue, FL

Smudge

Team: Fluff

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Standard Bulldog

Shelter: Animal Friends Humane Society, OH

Ziggy

Team: Fluff

Breed: Boston Terrier/SATO

Shelter: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, IA

Foles

Team: Fluff

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Akita

Shelter: Providence Animal Center, PA

Bugsy

Team: Ruff

Breed: Sato/Greyhound

Shelter: The Sato Projects, PR

Astro

Team: Fluff

Breed: Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky

Shelter: Animal Friends Humane Society, OH

Maisey

Team: Fluff

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Shelter: Jersey Girls Animal Rescue, NJ

Pistachio

Team: Ruff

Breed: Maltese

Shelter: Every Dog Counts Rescue, IN

Brady

Team: Fluff

Breed: Chihuahua/Russell Terrier 

Shelter: Dog Star Rescue, CT

Harry

Team: Ruff

Breed: Shih Tzu/Chihuahua

Shelter: The Sato Project, PR

Clara

Team: Fluff

Breed: Corgi

Shelter: Florida Little Dog Rescue, FL

George

Team: Ruff

Breed: Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle

Shelter: Nevada SPCA, NV

Bee

Team: Ruff

Breed: Chihuahua/Pekingese

Shelter: The Sato Project, PR

Flora

Team: Fluff

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer

Shelter: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, ME

Emmitt

Team: Ruff

Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/Boykin Spaniel

Shelter: Planned Pethood, FL

Bumble

Team: Fluff

Breed: Lab/Chow Chow

Shelter: Double J Dog Ranch, ID

Moses

Team: Ruff

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Chow Chow

Shelter: Big Fluffy Dogs Rescue, TN

Dawn

Team: Fluff

Breed: Beagle/Dachshund 

Shelter: Citizens for Animal Protection, TX

Bella

Team: Ruff

Breed: Shih Tzu/Chihuahua

Shelter: The Sato Project, PR

Scotch

Team: Ruff

Breed: Chihuahua/Shih Tzu

Shelter: Paw Works, CA

Sierra

Team: Ruff

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Chow Chow

Shelter: Muddy Paws, NY

Whitney

Team: Ruff

Breed: Siberian Husky

Shelter: Big Fluffy Dogs, TN

Ace

Team: Fluff

Breed: Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel

Shelter: Virginia Beach SPCA, VA

Melody

Team: Fluff

Breed: Maltese

Shelter: Memphis Humane Society, TN

Violet

Team: Ruff

Breed: Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle

Shelter: Vanderpump Dogs, CA

Shy Boy

Team: Ruff

Breed: Lhasa Apso/Miniature Poodle

Shelter: SPCALA, CA

Brooklyn

Team: Fluff

Breed: Neapolitan Mastiff/American Staffordshire Terrier

Shelter: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, IA

Will

Team: Fluff

Breed: Old English Sheepdog/Doodle

Shelter: Doodle Rock Rescue, TX

Scooter

Team: Fluff

Breed: Cocker Spaniel/Chihuahua

Shelter: Virginia Beach SPCA, VA

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The 15th Annual Puppy Bowl airs on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Animal Planet.

If you want to watch the actual Super Bowl, don't forget to switch over to CBS later today at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT to see if the Patriots or the Rams take home the title of Super Bowl LIII Champions.

(This article was originally published on Jan. 22 at 12:05 p.m.)