Every year, on Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet brings you a dose of absolute cuteness in the form of the Puppy Bowl, and this year is no exception. As you’re counting down to the big game, tune in to Animal Planet from 3 to 5 p.m. ET to see adorable adoptable puppies show their skills while kittens watch from the sky box with a camera capturing their own antics. Not only is it one of the cutest shows you’ll see all year, but it promotes pet adoption and helps puppies, kittens, dogs and cats find their forever homes.
What does it take for a puppy to make the team? Pedigree, which partners with Animal Planet to present the “pupletes” as a lead-in to Super Bowl Sunday, released a series of videos guaranteed to get you smiling. Check them out below as you get ready for game with a tongue-in-cheek look at the Puppy Bowl tryouts.
Puppy Bowl: Dedication
It takes dedication for a puppy to make the cute and earn a slot in the Puppy Bowl. This video shows how Pedigree finds the most dedicated canine “pupletes” to earn a place on the team.
Puppy Bowl: Speed
You have to be able to move fast to grab a spot on the Puppy Bowl roster. This video shows how speed plays into earning a spot on in this prestigious Pedigree-sponsored pre-game.
Puppy Bowl: Aggressiveness
If a puppy wants a spot in the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, he has to be willing to show the full-on aggressiveness required to survive out on a tough field. This video shows how Pedigree finds the most rough and tumble puppies.
Puppy Bowl: Nose for the Ball
Aspiring “pupletes” who want to play in the Puppy Bowl must have a nose for the bowl, No matter where it goes on the field, they need laser focus to track and pursue it, and this video shows how they’re tested for the team.
Puppy Bowl: Competitive Spirit
Puppies can be talents “pupletes,” but they won’t make it out on the field during the Puppy Bowl unless they have true competitive spirits. Pedigree looks for puppies who have that undying drive to win.
Puppy Bowl: Handling Pressure
“Pupletes” who make the Puppy Bowl achieve worldwide fame, but appearing on Animal Planet and wowing adoring fans puts a little puppy under a lot of pressure. To be chosen for the Puppy Bowl, little canines must be able to handle all the acclaim.
Puppy Bowl: Ferocity
Sure, puppies look cute and cuddly, but in order to make the cut for the Puppy Bowl, they need a streak of ferocity underneath all the fuzz and friendliness. Pedigree only selects the most ferocious of aspiring “pupletes.”
Puppy Bowl: Focus
Sure, being physically fit is a big part of being a successful “puplete” in the Puppy Bowl, but it takes mental talent, too. Pedigree looks for puppies who have the sharp focus required for the mental part of the game.
Puppy Bowl: Puppies Only
There are plenty of physical and mental qualifications to snare a spot in the Puppy Bowl, but there’s also one obvious trait required: you’ve got to be a puppy! That’s what ads that extra measure of cuteness to this fierce competition.
Puppy Bowl: Following Direction
“Pupletes” need to know what to do out on the field. Some of it is natural talent, but some of it is a willingness to take direction from the coach. Puppies looking to be on Animal Planet on the big day need to know when to lend an ear.