Dubbed “the world’s cutest sporting event,” thousands of animal lovers eagerly await Puppy BowlXII, returningto Animal Planet on February 7,from 3 to 5 p.m. ET/PT.

This year’sPEDIGREE Starting Lineup boasts 49 adorablelittledogs, ranging from 13 to 21 weeks old and photographerKeith Barracloughhas perfectly captured them all, much to our delight!

More than 10 million viewers will tune in to watch the game at GEICO Stadium. They will also be able to see the puppies up close with Puppy Bowl Virtual Reality, available on the Discovery VR iOS and Android apps, and on Animal Planet’s YouTube page.

While it may be all fun, games, and fluffy cuteness at the Puppy Bowl, the adorable sporting extravaganza is held every year to raise awareness about a great cause.

All featured pups come from one of 44 rescue organizations and animal shelters across the country. As with all previous events, the organizers are hoping to promote the importance of pet adoption in local communities.

Todate, more than 3,000 animals have found their forever homes, all thanks to Animal Planet’s much-beloved Puppy Bowl!

Scroll down to see 14 featured puppy players of this year’s Puppy Bowl XII, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Team Fluff
1. Atticus


Age: 13 weeks

Sex: Female

Breed: Husky-Labrador mix

Adopt at: Sanctuary Rescue, VA

2. Brooklyn


Age:14 weeks


Breed:German shepherd

Adopt at:Canine Companions Rescue Center, MI

3. Cooper


Age:16 weeks


Breed:Great Pyrenees-collie mix

Adopt at:PAWS Chicago, IL

4. Gordon


Age:19 weeks


Breed:English setter

Adopt at:Atlanta Humane Society, GA

5. Gryffin


Age:16 weeks


Breed:English sheepdog

Adopt at:Florida Little Dog Rescue, FL

6. Rugby


Age:20 weeks



Adopt at:Animal Friends Humane Society, OH

7. Sailor


Age:13 weeks


Breed:Australian cattle dog

Adopt at:Green Dogs Unleashed, VA

Click on“Page 2″to see the rest of the players on Team Ruff!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/puppy-bowl-dogs/

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