Meet the 9 CT pups playing in Puppy Bowl XIX on Super Bowl Sunday

The annual Animal Planet event announced its lineup featuring Connecticut rescue dogs from five shelters.

There might be a few weeks left before the NFL Playoffs kick off and the Super Bowl LVII matchup is announced. But it’ll be Team Ruff against Team Fluff once again competing for the Lombarky trophy in Puppy Bowl XIX — and the Nutmeg State is pulling up.

Nine Connecticut rescue dogs from five shelters across the state made the teams this year. Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Dog Star Rescue, Lucky Dog Refuge, Pack Leaders Refuge of CT and Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue will be representing Connecticut when the pups take the field on Super Bowl Sunday. Last year, seven pups from Connecticut made the team.

Referee Dan Schachner will try to corral the canines as they try to get their chew toy into the endzone. The Puppy Bowl kicks off with a pre-game show at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12, just a few hours before the Super Bowl.

Aside from the three hours of playful pups, the Puppy Bowl aims to highlight the efforts of rescue and shelter workers helping animals find new homes. Puppy Bowl XIX features 122 puppies, 67 shelters and rescues across 34 states. In addition the Connecticut lineup, it’s also the first time a Native American animal organization and a puppy player from Dominica, West Indies will compete.

Cats will get their moment during the Arm & Hammer Slide Kitty Halftime Show. 

The Puppy Bowl isn’t the only animal-based tradition encroaching on the gridiron tradition. Thanks to the puniness of Stephen Colbert and the cultural density of the “What We Do in the Shadows” cast, Super Bowl Sunday has also become a day to honor some Superb Owls.

So whether you’re perfecting that Buffalo chicken dip for your Super Bowl party or honoring some avians with a Superb Owl party, there’s still time to catch Puppy Bowl XIX on Animal Planet or streaming on Discovery+.

Meet the Connecticut pups you'll find in the Puppy Bowl:

Archie

Archer from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Archer from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Dog Star Rescue - Canton

Breed: Staffordshire Terrier/Chow Chow

Age: 17 weeks

Team: Fluff

Dakota

Dakota from the Danbury Animal Welfare Society will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Dakota from the Danbury Animal Welfare Society will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Danbury Animal Welfare Society - Bethel

Breed: German Shepherd/American Pit Bull Terrier

Age: 18 weeks

Team: Ruff

Madden

Madden from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Madden from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Dog Star Rescue - Canton

Breed: Labrador Retriever/American Pit Bull Terrier

Age: 15 weeks

Team: Fluff

Maverick

Maverick from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Maverick from Dog Star Rescue will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Dog Star Rescue - Canton

Breed: Newfoundland/Great Pyrenees

Age: 21 weeks

Team: Fluff

Moose

Moose from the Pack Leaders Rescue of CT will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Moose from the Pack Leaders Rescue of CT will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Pack Leaders Rescue of CT - East Hartford

Breed: American Foxhound/German Shepherd

Age: 16 weeks

Team: Ruff

Pauly

Pauly from ROAR will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Pauly from ROAR will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: ROAR - Ridgefield

Breed: Bluetick Coonhound/Great Dane

Age: 13 weeks

Team: Ruff

Schnitzel

Schnitzel from ROAR will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12

Schnitzel from ROAR will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12

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Shelter: ROAR - Ridgefield

Breed: Husky/Boxer

Age: 16 weeks

Team: Fluff

Stardust

Stardust from the Danbury Animal Welfare Society will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Stardust from the Danbury Animal Welfare Society will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Location: Danbury Animal Welfare Society - Bethel

Breed: Poodle/Australian Shepherd

Age: 16 weeks

Team: Fluff

Twinkle

Twinkle from the Lucky Dog Refuge will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Twinkle from the Lucky Dog Refuge will play in this year's Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Shelter: Lucky Dog Refuge - Greenwich

Breed: Siberian Husky/Australian Cattle Dog

Age: 12 weeks

Team: Fluff

Ages reflect how old the puppies were during filming in October.