Meet the 2017 Puppy Bowl’s Sweet and Strong Starting Line Up of Shelter Pups
It's 2017, which means Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl is just around the bend. The big, fluffy game airs on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday for all you foolish human football fans out there, but we are getting a first look at the star players right now. As with years past, the entire starting line up and all of the animals participating in the Puppy Bowl are shelter pets. In 2017, 78 puppies from 34 different rescues will be making up Team Ruff and Team Fluff. Take your first look at 28 of the leading dogs that will be taking the field in just over a month, and prepare yourself for more Puppy Bowl Cuteness in the weeks to come.
In honor of Animal Planet’s upcoming Puppy Bowl XIII at GEICO Stadium, we asked our readers to send in photos of their own pups watching football or rooting on their favorite team—and they responded. Because if there’s one thing Americans love, it’s dogs; but if there’s two things we love, it’s dogs and football.
You sent in photos of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds from all over the country, in Patriots gear or Colts bandanas—and even several “rufferees.” For all their differences, these dogs are united by their love of the game… or their tolerance of their owners’ love of the game… or, at least, their enjoyment of chewing on toy footballs. And if these pups are older than the young guns in the official Puppy Bowl lineup, that just means they have more veteran savvy.
The Puppy Bowl festivities start on February 5 on Animal Planet with a "Tail"gate pregame show at 2 p.m. ET. The main event kicks off at 3 p.m. ET.