Puppy Bowl XIV: Ranking the starting lineup by cuteness

Breaking news! Animal Planet has just released photos of 38 of the 90 puppies participating in Puppy Bowl XIV, airing simultaneously on both coasts Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

In addition to the game between #TeamFluff and #TeamRuff — and the supporting spectacle, which includes Jokgu the piano-playing chicken pecking out the national anthem; duckling, piglet, and baby bunny cheerleaders; and, of course, the Kitty Half-Time Show — viewers will also be treated to “Pup Close and Personal” segments highlighting some of the adoptable athletes (from 48 rescues) and their heartwarming stories. Among them: Mango, the first-ever international Puppy Bowl player, who was rescued from Mexico; Tyler, a rescue from the flood waters of Houston during Hurricane Harvey; and best friends Sophie, a three-legged goldendoodle, and Buttons, a sight-impaired and deaf cocker spaniel. (Other special-needs players include Ryder, a sight-impaired husky; Chance, a deaf dalmatian; Moonshine, a sight-impaired, deaf border collie; and Luna, a Pomeranian mix with a cleft palate.)

Of course all the puppies are adorable, but since we like a challenge, here is how we’d rank the starting lineup’s cuteness from their player profile pics.

Mr. Wigglesworth

Team: Ruff
From: Florida Little Dogs Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Clyde

Team: Ruff
From: Florida Little Dogs Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Petree

Team: Ruff
From: Center for Animal Health and Welfare
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Tyler

Team: Fluff
From: Shaggy Dog Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Vaughn

Team: Fluff
From: Colorado Animal Welfare
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Savannah

Team: Ruff
From: Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Sophie

Team: Fluff
From: Green Dogs Unleashed
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Biscuit

Team: Fluff
From: Social Tees
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Kitsy

Team: Ruff
From: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Hannah

Team: Ruff
From: Villalobos Animal Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Luna

Team: Fluff
From: Blue Water Area Humane Society
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Sunny

Team: Fluff
From: All but Forgotten
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Olympia

Team: Fluff
From: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Blueberry Pie

Team: Fluff
From: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Kaleb

Team: Fluff
From: the Sato Project
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Buckalew

Team: Fluff
From: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Sally

Team: Fluff
From: City Dog Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Ryder

Team: Ruff
From: Double J Dog Ranch
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Miss Brie

Team: Ruff
From: Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Carlo Carlino

Team: Ruff
From: Miami Dade County Animal Services
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Barry

Team: Ruff
From: Nashville Humane Association
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Ana

Team: Ruff
From: Sebastian County Humane Services
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Morris

Team: Fluff
From: Florida Little Dog Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Buttons

Team: Fluff
From: Green Dogs Unleashed
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Juniper

Team: Ruff
From: Animal Refuge League
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Boomer

Team: Ruff
From: Animal Friends Humane Society
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Kelly Barkson

Team: Ruff
From: Suncoast Animal League
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Bear

Team: Fluff
From: Virginia Beach SPCA
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Jennifer Pawrence

Team: Ruff
From: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Edwin

Team: Ruff
From: Humane Society of Greater Nashua
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Moonshine

Team: Ruff
From: Double D Dog Ranch
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Peanut

Team: Ruff
From: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Joy

Team: Fluff
From: Animal Aid Inc
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Mango

Team: Fluff
From: Compassion Without Borders
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Stripe

Team: Fluff
From: One Tail at a Time
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Chance

Team: Fluff
From: Green Dogs Unleashed
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Alvin

Team: Fluff
From: Operation Paws for Homes
(Photo: Animal Planet)

Lila

Team: Fluff
From: Morris Animal Refuge
(Photo: Animal Planet)

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