Meet the Irresistible Contestants of Puppy Bowl XI

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XI
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Who will you cheer for during Puppy Bowl XI? Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

The greatest sports event of the year is almost here: Puppy Bowl XI! We can’t wait to watch 55 adorable puppies battle it out for the coveted MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) title.

It’s hard to imagine how Animal Planet could outdo last year’s 10th anniversary edition of the game, but this year’s event is poised to be even cuter and fluffier, with the promise of giggling goat cheerleaders, a halftime performance by Katty Purry, live Twitter updates from sideline reporter Meep the Bird, a canine tailgate party, an appearance by Lil Bub and more. And in an exciting new twist, the puppies will compete on one of two teams: Team Ruff versus Team Fluff.

The best part of the Puppy Bowl, though, is that the puppies and kittens (who perform during the halftime show) hail from shelters and rescue groups from across the United States and Puerto Rico — and all are either are up for adoption or have already found forever homes. That's a win for everyone!

Puppy Bowl XI premieres on Animal Planet on Sunday, February 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. EST, right before the Super Bowl, and repeats through the evening (in case you need a break from real football). In the meantime, check out the slideshow below to meet the Puppy Bowl starting lineup — and then head over to Animal Planet to create a fantasy football roster of your favorites.

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Boomer the Husky

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Boomer

Breed: Husky
Age: 17 weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Champion chess player

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Falcor the Clumber Spaniel

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Falcor

Breed: Clumber Spaniel
Age: 14½  weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Has a crush on Miley Cyrus

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Faulkner the Great Pyrenees / Lab Mix

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Faulkner

Breed: Great Pyrenees-Lab mix
Age: 12 weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Wants to be on Dancing With the Stars

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Kiaria	 the Pekingese / Japanese Chin mix

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Kiaria

Breed: Pekingese-Japanese Chin mix
Age: 12 weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Loves car rides

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Lewis the Shar Pei

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Lewis

Breed: Shar-Pei
Age: 12 weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Can name every state capital

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Titan the Bulldog mix

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Titan

Breed: Bulldog mix
Age: 12 weeks
Team: Team Ruff
Fun Fact: Fluent in English, Spanish and Japanese

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Aaron the Boxer

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Aaron

Breed: Boxer
Age: 13 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Trained at The Royal Shakespeare Company

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Chicklet the Sheltie mix

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Chicklet

Breed: Sheltie mix
Age: 15 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Wants to visit all 50 states

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Drew Carey the Cocker Spaniel

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Drew Carey

Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Age: 12 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Loves to bid $1 on The Price Is Right

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Maggie the Beagle / Dachshund mix

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Maggie

Breed: Beagle-Dachshund mix
Age: 20 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Was first in line to buy the new iPhone

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Pepper the Shi Tzu / Terrier Mix

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Pepper

Breed: Shih Tzu-Terrier mix
Age: 14 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Can't wait for the new Star Wars movie

Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup XI — Savannah the Shih Tzu

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Savannah

Breed: Shih Tzu
Age: 13 weeks
Team: Team Fluff
Fun Fact: Thinks Lorde is overrated

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