WHEN: Super Bowl Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2PM ET
WHERE: Discovery Channel
America is in love with the Puppy Bowl!
Tune in to the to the Discovery Channel on Sunday, February 12, 2023 as Puppy Bowl XVII is televised at 2PM ET / 11AM PT on a super-special episode of Animal Planet!
This year's big game features a record lineup as the 2023 Puppy Bowl makes history as the largest to date, totaling 122 puppy players from different shelters and rescues, including 11 dogs with special needs.
If that isn't enough, the Puppy Bowl usually begins with a "tail" gate pregame show before the main event. And, of course, you'll definitely want to stick around for the Kitty Half-Time Show (it's the cat's meow!).
2023 Puppy Bowl contenders
While we wait for the 2023 Puppy Bowl, here's a look at just some of the canine cuteness that's coming up at this year's game:
TEAM FLUFF (top, left to right) Ivan, Wolfie, Josh, and Rascal
TEAM RUFF (bottom, left to right) Bleu, Effie, Emma, and Briscoe
All about the Puppy Bowl
First begun in 2005 as an alternative to the action-packed Super Bowl football game, the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet always manages to score high in the ratings.
Today, the Puppy Bowl has become the "other big game" for families across the US, and the centerpiece for afternoon fun for kids of all ages at Super Bowl parties from coast to coast.
What makes the Puppy Bowl so darned cute? Simple. Take dozens of the most beautiful puppies found anywhere, put them through their paces on a faux football gridiron, then let them run around looking totally adorable. Score!
DID YOU KNOW? Puppy Bowl fun facts & trivia
• Although the human Super Bowl is played live, the Puppy Bowl is pre-taped in New York over two days in October, then later edited for major game highlights.
Members of the cleanup crew strike a pose
during a break in filming the Puppy Bowl.
• Bunny cheerleaders were first added to the show in 2010, but other cute critters have cheered from the sidelines since then: chickens (2011), piglets (2012) hedgehogs (2013), penguins (2014), dwarf goats (2015), chickens (again, in 2016), rabbits and guinea pigs (2017) and a squad of ducklings, piglets, and bunnies (2018).
• Every year, it's always 'safety first' during filming. Every 30 minutes puppies are given a break from the lights and the 21 cameras that cover the action. A veterinarian is also on hand, together with representatives of the Human Society and each of the shelters whose dogs have been chosen to enter the Puppy Bowl field.
• Of course, when puppies can't wait to go potty "accidents" sometimes happen. So a cleanup crew is always on hand to keep the field pristine during filming.
• 2014 was a landmark year for the Puppy Bowl. A record 13.5 million viewers tuned in, making it the day's second most watched program after the 2014 Super Bowl. The 2014 game also happen to feature an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama, along with the game's first "Fantasy Puppy League".
More about the Puppy Bowl around the Web:
Around the Web, find out more about the Puppy Bowl with related resources to more pictures and eye candy, related videos and information on the dog-goned-est display of puppy cuteness anywhere ....
2023 Puppy Bowl - The official site featuring the full schedule, TV broadcasts, photos and video recaps, along with related tips on pet care and feeding.
Puppy Bowl - Wikipedia - The complete wrap-up with a detailed history, fun facts, and information with related links and resources.