Pets & Animals

Meet the Puppy Bowl Xl starting lineup before game day

While everyone is gearing up to see the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the real highlight of this Sunday will be watching puppies play in Puppy Bowl XI, airing Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet. 

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Referee Dan Schachner's job is to make sure the puppies play a safe, clean game. He also calls puppy penalties, which can lead to expulsion if necessary, and calls touchdowns just like a football referee. And, of course, there are always puppy "messes" to clean up.

For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, there will be two distinct teams. That is, instead of puppies simply running rampant, jumping and nipping at each other. Team Ruff and Team Fluff will go snout-to-snout to battle for the "Lumbarki" trophy, according to Animal Planet's website, while one or more dogs will be crowned MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). And if you stick around for halftime, be sure to catch the kitten show and goat cheerleaders performance as well.

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Goats cheer on the puppies when they score.

Meet a few precious pups in the starting lineup (some of which are rescues) and watch them prepare for the big game through Animal Planet's live puppy-cam.

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Savannah

Age: 13 weeks

Breed: Shih Tzu

Fact: Thinks Lorde is overrated.

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Pepper

Age: 14 weeks

Breed: ShihTzu/TerrierMix

Fact: Can’t wait for the new Star Wars movie!

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Maggie

Age: 20 weeks

Breed: Beagle/Dachshund mix

Fact: Was first in line to buy the new iPhone.

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Lewis

Age: 12 weeks

Breed: SharPei

Fact: Can name every state capital.

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Kiaria

Age: 12 weeks

Breed: Pekingese/Japanese Chin mix

Fact: Loves car rides.

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Faulkner

Age: 12 weeks

Breed: Great Pyrenees/Lab mix

Fact: Wants to be on Dancing with the Stars.

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Falcor

Age: 14 1/2 weeks

Breed: Clumber

Fact: Has a crush on Miley Cyrus.

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Drew Carey

Age: 12 weeks

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Fact: Loves to bid $1 on "The Price is Right."

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Chicklet 

Age: 15 weeks

Breed: Sheltie mix

Fact: Wants to visit all 50 states.

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Boomer

Age: 17 weeks

Breed: Husky

Fact: Champion chess player.

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Aaron

Age: 13 weeks

Breed: Boxer

Fact: Trained at The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Check out the whole squad below!

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    The 2014 Puppy Bowl lineup

    The Puppy Bowl is Animal Planet's answer to the Super Bowl. Here is a shockingly cute look at this year's furry lineup.

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    The Puppy Bowl is Animal Planet's answer to the Super Bowl. For the ninth consecutive year, shockingly cute puppies will make viewers swoon with furry touchdowns and other antics. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 2 on Animal Planet. Get acquainted with all the puppies here.

    Name: Taser

    Breed(s): Italian Greyhound

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Wants to drink from a fountain in Rome.

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    Parker

    Name: Parker

    Breed(s): Labrador Retriever/Husky Mix

    Age: 13 weeks

    Fun fact: Has an autograph from Uga, the University of Georgia mascot.

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    August

    Name: August

    Breed(s): Boxer

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Wants to follow the band moe. across the country.

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    Aurora

    Name: Aurora

    Breed(s): Dalmatian

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Has read all the "Harry Potter" books.

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    Coco

    Name: Coco

    Breed(s): Poodle Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Hopes LA gets an NFL team soon.

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    Bach

    Name: Bach

    Breed(s): Bernedoodle

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Thinks Mozart is overrated.

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    Bayla

    Name: Bayla

    Breed(s): Boxer/Hound Mix

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Prefers Carrie Underwood's version of the Sunday Night Football theme.

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    Mandy

    Name: Mandy

    Breed(s): Dachshund Hound Mix

    Age: 17 weeks

    Fun fact: Thinks long legs are overrated.

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    Benton

    Name: Benton

    Breed(s): Labrador Retriever

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Plans to have a really important job serving as a guide dog one day.

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    Suri

    Name: Suri

    Breed(s): Siberian Husky

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Thinks they should cut Miley Cyrus some slack.

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    Cici

    Name: Cici

    Breed(s): German Shepherd Mix

    Age: 13 weeks

    Fun fact: Wants to be on "Dancing with the Stars."

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    Roxy

    Name: Roxy

    Breed(s): Shih Tzu/Chihuahua Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Compares herself with another Georgia girl, Julia Roberts.

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    Dee Dee

    Name: Dee Dee

    Breed(s): Terrier Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Believes the best movie kiss was Kate and Leonardo in "Titanic."

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    Cody

    Name: Cody

    Breed(s): Spaniel

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Thinks fatherhood has mellowed Kanye.

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    Danny

    Name: Danny

    Breed(s): Papillon Mix

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Aspires to have hair like One Direction’s Harry Styles.

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    Ginger

    Name: Ginger

    Breed(s): Old English Sheep Dog

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Counting sheep automatically puts her to sleep.

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    Delachaise

    Name: Delachaise

    Breed(s): Pit Bull Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Loves New Orleans Jazz.

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    Hudson

    Name: Hudson

    Breed(s): Great Pyrenees

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Thinks Seabiscuit is a fish-flavored dog treat.

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    Laney

    Name: Laney

    Breed(s): Brittany Spaniel Mix

    Age: 13 weeks

    Fun fact: Wants to catch a ride on one of those NASA Mars rovers.

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    Lily

    Name: Lily

    Breed(s): Basset Hound

    Age: 13 weeks

    Fun fact: Tries not to step on her own ears.

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    Loren

    Name: Loren

    Breed(s): Brittany Spaniel Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Prefers NCAA 14 to Madden 25.

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    Wyatt

    Name: Wyatt

    Breed(s): Terrier Mix

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Dreams of walking the Appalachian Trail.

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    Brody

    Name: Brody

    Breed(s): American Eskimo Dog

    Age: 15 weeks

    Fun fact: One day wants to own his own dog house.

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    Max

    Name: Max

    Breed(s): Shih Tzu/Pekingese Mix

    Age: 16 weeks

    Fun fact: Wants One Direction and The Wanted to just get along.

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    Mila

    Name: Mila

    Breed(s): Pit Bull

    Age: 16 weeks

    Fun fact: Adores the theater, but always arrives late.

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    Opie

    Name: Opie

    Breed(s): Schnauzer/Terrier Mix

    Age: 14 weeks

    Fun fact: Favorite cartoon is "Marmaduke."

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    Sparky

    Name: Sparky

    Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier

    Age: 16 weeks

    Fun fact: Hopes to spend his summers playing volleyball on Manhattan Beach.

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    Ullie

    Name: Ullie

    Breed(s): Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

    Age: 12 weeks

    Fun fact: Hates all those Rocky sports cliches about Philadelphia.

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    Abdiel

    Name: Abdiel

    Breed(s): Labrador Retriever/Terrier Mix

    Age: 13 weeks

    Fun fact: Feels Labs get a bad rap about shedding.

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