Tailgate with Your Pets for Puppy Bowl XVI on Animal Planet

by Jin Moon

Tailgate with Your Pets for Puppy Bowl XVI on Animal Planet
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Over the years, I’ve never been that into watching the Super Bowl. My preferred game to watch? Puppy Bowl, of course! That’s right, I’d much rather be squealing in delight over cute puppies tackling each other. The 16th annual Puppy Bowl will air on Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, starting with a special tailgate pre-game show at 2 p.m. ET and the official game at 3 p.m. ET. 


If you’re the kind of person who likes to pamper your pets, get ready for the biggest Puppy Bowl ever! With 96 puppies from 65 shelters from all over the world, these lil’ champs will compete for the fan-favorite titles of “MVP” (Most Valuable Puppy) and “Underdog Award.” The two teams, Ruff and Fluff, will compete for the coveted Lombarky Trophy. 


More than just being adorable entertainment, the game brings important attention to adopting rescues. The puppies range in age from 12 to 26 weeks old and breeds from Chihuahuas to Shih Tzus. Some have traveled domestically from California to Puerto Rico and internationally from Toronto, Canada, to Cartagena, Colombia. 


Ferris Puppy Bowl Animal Planet

Image Credit: Animal Planet


There are even some furr-ballers in the mix with special needs. Ferris is a three-legged Catahoula-Labrador mix (pictured above). Kismet, a Great Dane, and Paprika, a terrier mix, are hearing impaired. Filbert is a Sheltie mix who is blind and hearing impaired. Rooster, a French bulldog mix, has a cleft palate. 


As if the show wasn’t already darling enough, the Kitty Half-Time Show is literally the cat’s meow. This year feline stars like Jennipurr Lopez and Catira will be arriving red-carpet style in fancy limos. (ICYMI, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are performing at this year’s Super Bowl in Miami.) On top of that you’ll see pygmy goats and armadillos cheerleading their faves!


Huck Puppy Bowl Vanderpump Dog Foundation Animal Planet

Image Credit: Animal Planet


In the past, all participating dogs and cats have found new fur-ever homes after the Puppy Bowl. As you would expect, participating shelters also gain popularity afterwards, attracting more potential pet parents. Even Lisa Vanderpump’s Vanderpump Dog Foundation has a player named Huck on the lineup (pictured above). 


You can check out More’s behind-the-scenes coverage on our Instagram stories. Then get inspired to set up a “pawsitive” viewing party with your pets with these goodies below! 



1 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Pets First NFL Dog T-Shirt


Select your team, and outfit your dog or puppy in the perfect pet football jersey.

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All Kind Squeaking Football Dog Toy


You can't have a proper game without a football, right? This squeaky toy will get your pup excited.

3 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Pets First NFL Football Pillow Dog Bed


After all the activity, your dog will be pooped and need a comfy bed to recharge.

4 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

SmartBones SmartSticks


This highly rated chew stick is better for dogs than rawhide.

5 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

American Journey Oven Baked Dog Treats


Keep your pup energized and motivated with these delicious oven-baked dog treats!

6 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Rubie's Costume Company Cheerleader Pet Costume


Snap the perfect 'gram photo when your cat is outfitted as a cheerleader with pom-pom paws!

7 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Petlinks Scratch Dome Floor Scratcher


This dome-shaped cat scratcher was actually on the field of this year's Kitty Half-Time!

8 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Petlinks Pure Commotion Spinning Wand Cat Toy


This spinning wand cat toy was also featured on the field of Kitty Half-Time, keeping the furries pouncing.

9 of 16 Image Credits: Chewy

Greenies Oven Roasted Cat Treats


Cats need treats to while they are running around trying to catch feather toys during the game.

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SmartCat Kitty's Garden


After the Kitty Half-Time Show, give your cat a break with this super-cute cat grass garden.

11 of 16 Image Credits: Max Bone

Max Bone Taupe Rope Toy


This stylish rope toy from Max Bone will keep your doggie tugging all day long.

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Sven Puffer Vest


When the pygmy goats enter the Puppy Bowl, you can outfit your pet in this cute puffer coat. The resemblance is close enough, right?

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Swingin' Safari Plush Squeaky Monkey Dog Toy


Get ruff! There can never be enough plush toys to tug on during Puppy Bowl!

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Pixnor Squeaky Fruits and Vegetables Plush Small Dog Toys


These fruits and vegetables will keep your small dog or cat (and you) entertained with their squeal appeal.

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Air KONG Squeaker Football Dog Toy


This is a plush toy if you want to play with a softer football during the game.

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Rhode Island Novelty Finger Flick Football Game


No game is complete without a couple goal posts to score touchdowns!