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Everything you need to know about Puppy Bowl 2022

Two of the pups set to take part in Puppy Bowl 2022
(Image credit: PuppyBowl/Facebook)

Puppy Bowl 2022 is almost here and this annual event is once again set to inject some much needed fluffy cuteness into Super Bowl Sunday. While human football will likely remain the star attraction, what animal lover could resist tuning in to see our four-legged friends attempt their own version of this much-loved game.

And if you have your own canine companion, why not sit down and watch this fun event together? You could even make a real party out of it by whipping up a batch of your own homemade dog treats, so your forever friend doesn’t feel left out while you’re munching on everyone’s favorite Super Bowl snack - yip, it’s chips and dip time people!

But before you go digging out those recipes, read on to find out everything you need to know about Puppy Bowl 2022, including when it is and what this exciting extravaganza is all about.

What is Puppy Bowl 2022?

This year marks the 18th anniversary of Puppy Bowl, a three-hour event designed to tie in with Super Bowl Sunday and featuring 118 full-of-energy puppies racing around a dog-sized stadium as they attempt to compete in their own version of football and win the coveted Lombarky trophy.

Divided into two teams - Team Ruff and Team Fluff - the participants hail from 67 rescue shelters across 33 states, with 50 puppies chosen to feature in the starting lineup. And while it’s called the Puppy Bowl, you can expect to see other animals making an appearance too, with the Kitty Halftime Show being a particular favorite.

Puppy Bowl 2022 features nine special needs furkids, including Irwin, a three-legged American Pit Bull Terrier/Chihuahua mix and little Ridley, a Border Collie who is deaf and vision impaired. And if you have kids, they’ll love the special appearance by Elmo and his pup Tango who are set to take part in the starting coin toss. 

When is Puppy Bowl 2022?

Puppy Bowl 2022 falls on Sunday the 13th of February. You can watch this three-hour event on Animal Planet at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT or stream it on discovery+ at the same time. 

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.