It’s time for the most adorable sporting event you’ll ever see: the Puppy Bowl.
Brimming with oodles of puppy energy, the TV event is a Puppy Bowl Super Bowl spotlighting the tireless work of shelters and rescues across the country, as well as showcasing some very sweet adoptable pets.
Here’s everything you need to know about this feel-good puppy love fest:
What channel is the Puppy Bowl on?
Puppy Bowl XIX airs on Animal Planet and streams on discovery+. It’s a three-hour TV event.
What time is the Puppy Bowl?
The Puppy Bowl is on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
What can I expect to see on the Puppy Bowl?
There will be lots of very cute puppies, of course — specifically, Animal Planet Puppy Bowl adoptable dogs from rescues and shelters. Puppy players from Team Ruff and Team Fluff go paw to paw in the Puppy Bowl stadium to win the Wayfair “Lombarky” trophy. Puppies will also be competing on the field for top doggie spots like the Bissell MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) or to win the Subaru Of America, Inc. Underdog Award.
Is there a pre-game show?
The Puppy Bowl XIX will begin with a pre-game show on Animal Planet and discovery+ at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT with insights for the Puppy Bowl draft, including interviews with coaches and players and information about each puppy player’s breed mix and traits from Wisdom Panel dog DNA test. The pre-game show will also offer a first look at the Arm & Hammer Slide Kitty Halftime Show.
Who are these puppies?
The Puppy Bowl features 122 puppies, 67 shelters and rescues across 34 states. Plus, for the first time, it will include a Native American animal organization and a puppy player from Dominica, West Indies. There will be more puppies, animal shelters and rescues than ever before — including 11 special-needs puppy players looking for their forever homes like:
- Julius, a hearing-impaired Dalmatian
- Marmalade, a sight- and hearing-impaired Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog
- Mykonos, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Bulldog with a cleft palate
What else should I know about the Puppy Bowl?
Referee Dan Schachner returns for his 12th year while sportscasters Steve Levy and Taylor Rooks return to provide play-by-play commentary. The Puppy Bowl’s Adoptable Pup segments will appear throughout the program with 11 shelters from around the U.S. featuring one of their adoptable puppies. (There will be three shelters with kittens during Kitty Half-Time.)