Meet the Adorable Puppy Bowl Contenders Taking The Field Super Bowl Sunday

Down, set, hut! It’s time to PAW-ty! The real reason to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday is here: The Puppy Bowl! Animal Planet’s 16th annual Puppy Bowl will take place this Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET. The cutest event on television is back and better than ever before.


This year’s big game will feature more puppies and more amazing adoption stories. In years past, all of the puppies that have participated in the Puppy Bowl have been adopted to loving fur-ever homes.

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Animal Planet continues our fur-vorite tradition in 2020 with a new set of adoptable pup-letes. Tune in for the special two-hour extravaganza to experience all the precious puppies from #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff playing for the “Lombarky” trophy. Each pooch is also trying for the MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) Award.


Puppy Bowl XVI will feature special needs dogs, including Ferris, a three-legged Labrador Retriever mix; a blind and hearing impaired puppy and one pup with a cleft palate. This year’s edition of the Puppy Bowl will include the water bowl cam, a puppy kiss cam and all kinds of fan-favorite activities. The pup-letes will be cheered on by their fellow furry friends, including kittens, hamsters and goats.

Meet some of the adorable special needs pooches below participating in this year’s Big Game.


Ferris the Labrador Retriever mix

Meet Ferris. Ferris is a three-legged Labrador Retriever mix from AHenZ57 Pet Rescue in Iowa. The 20-week-old adorable pup is part of #TeamRuff at the Puppy Bowl

Filbert the Shetland Sheepdog mix

Meet Filbert. Filbert is a blind and hearing-impaired Shetland Sheepdog mix. This cutie lives at a sanctuary for dogs with special needs in Idaho, which has been critical to Filbert’s development.

Rooster the Bulldog-Staffordshire Terrier


Meet Rooster. This sweet 14-week-old pup with cleft palate lives at a Sanctuary Rescue in Virginia. The Bulldog will be a part of #TeamFluff.

Click here to view this year’s paw-stiviely precious full starting lineup of Puppy Bowl Contenders.

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