Meet The Puppies In The Puppy Bowl IX Starting Lineup [PHOTOS]

Yay! The Puppy Bowl is back!

If the Super Bowl on February 4 isn’t your cup of tea, surely Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl is.

Animal Planet announced the 34 puppies competing this year in the Pedigree-sponsored sporting event that is beloved by animal fans (read: everyone).

The Puppy Bowl, which is in its ninth year and features puppies mimicking a game of “football,” always coincides with Super Bowl Sunday. Last year, about 8.7 million viewers were said to have tuned in to the show.

Other than pups rollicking on a mini-field, this year’s event will also feature a kitten halftime show, in addition to a group of tiny hedgehog cheerleaders scurrying about on the sidelines throughout the game.

Launch the gallery to check out photos of each of the puppies along with their name and breed.