Stop Whatever You're Doing And Check Out The Lineups For Puppy Bowl XVI

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America will have to wait two more weeks to know which teams are facing off in the Super Bowl, but if you're rooting interests run more to golden retrievers than they do the gridiron, the lineups for something arguably much more compelling— the Puppy Bowl—have been released.

Now in its sixteenth year (!!!), the 2-hour special event will air/stream exclusively on Animal Planet starting Sunday, February 2nd at 3PM ET. (Doggo diehards take note: "The tail-gating starts with a special pre-game show at 2PM ET, featuring aww-nalysis and cuddly commentary.")

According to organizers, 96 doggos "drafted" from 61 shelters will storm the field, where they will compete for the country's affection as members of Team Ruff and Team Fluff, competing for the Chewy "Lombarky" trophy.

Unlike its NFL counterpart, however, there really are no losers at Puppy Bowl: After the big game, all of the participants will retire to their new adoptive forever homes for a lifetime supply of cuddles, scritchies, and walkies.

To date, every single dog (and cat!) who has participated in Puppy Bowl has been successfully rehomed and Animal Planet expects that undefeated streak to continue once again this year.

Below, we preview some of the most hyped rookies, while also casting an eye on the...wait for it... underdogs amongst them.

Anise // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Anise
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Australian Cattle Dog / Labrador Retriever

Age: 19 weeks

Home Shelter: Last Chance Animal Rescue, MD

Fun fact: Is her own built-in "subwoofer"

Aspen // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Aspen
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Australian Cattle Dog / Cocker Spaniel

Age: 22 weeks

Home Shelter: Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue, CO

Fun fact: Turns into a slush puppy every winter

Betty // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Betty
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Bulldog

Age: 17 weeks

Home Shelter: Florida Little Dog Rescue, FL

Fun fact: Is 100% that pooch

Bobby // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Bobby
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Lhasa Apso / Miniature Poodle

Age: 17 weeks

Home Shelter: Helen Woodward Animal Center, CA

Fun fact: True heir to the Iron Bone

Brody // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Brody
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Chihuahua / Miniature Daschund

Age: 16 weeks

Home Shelter: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue, IA

Fun fact: Has an alarm clock that sings "Rise And Shine"

Crumpet // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Crumpet
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier

Age: 14 weeks

Home Shelter: Angel City Pit Bulls, CA

Fun fact: Serves his tea piping hot

Gina // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Gina
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Labrador Retriever / Chow Chow

Age: 12 weeks

Home Shelter: Last Chance Animal Rescue, MD

Fun fact: Still trying to master the bottle cap challenge

Granny Smith // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Granny Smith
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Catahoula / American Staffordshire Terrier

Age: 12 weeks

Home Shelter: Paws Crossed, NY

Fun fact: Spent 2019 strengthening her core

Huck // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Huck
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Miniature Poodle / Shih Tzu

Age: 20 weeks

Home Shelter: Vanderpump Dogs, CA

Fun fact: Never misses a crumb

Jack // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Jack
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Chihuahua/ Miniature Poodle

Age: 13 weeks

Home Shelter: Love Leo Rescue, CA

Fun fact: Performs stand-pup comedy on the side

Killian // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Killian
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Great Dane

Age: 16 weeks

Home Shelter: Love Leo Rescue, CA

Fun fact: Still convinced he's a lap dog

Linus // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Linus
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Pomeranian / Miniature Poodle

Age: 14 weeks

Home Shelter: New Life Animal Rescue, NJ

Fun fact: Was once mistaken for a stuffed animal

Papaya // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Papaya
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Labrador Retriever / Border Collie

Age: 17 weeks

Home Shelter: Shaggy Dog Rescue, TX

Fun fact: Proficient playing lead on the saxo-bone

Poppy // Team Ruff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Poppy
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Bichon Frise / Papillion

Age: 16 weeks

Home Shelter: Last Chance Animal Rescue, MD

Fun fact: Favorite band is Salt-N-Pup-a

Rooster // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Rooster
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Bulldog / American Staffordshire Terrier

Age: 14 weeks

Home Shelter: Sanctuary Rescue, VA

Fun fact: Likes to labra-doodle in his spare time

Sol // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Sol
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Chihuahua / Border Collie

Age: 26 weeks

Home Shelter: Cartagena Paws, Colombia

Fun fact: Never leaves the house without her SPF

Theodore // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Theodore
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Pomeranian / Siberian Husky

Age: 13 weeks

Home Shelter: AHeinz57 Pet Resuce, IA

Fun fact: Never misses a blow out

Wilbur // Team Fluff

Puppy Bowl XVI participant named Wilbur
credit: Animal Planet

Breed: Miniature Poodle / Shih Tzu

Age: 16 weeks

Home Shelter: Paw Works, CA

Fun fact: Favorite author is Jane Paw-sten

To learn more about the good boys and good girls taking to the gridiron during Puppy Bowl XVI, visit Animal Planet.

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