The 2011 Super Bowl is almost upon us. And with it, we also get the seventh (can you believe it?) incarnation of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl — that adorable distraction for the non-sporting and those weary of overproduced halftime shows.
Airing Feb. 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET, and repeating several times afterward, PBVII has 34 dogs on the field and waiting in on the sidelines.
But who’s poised for success and the prized title of “Most Valuable Puppy?” We’ve taken all of their stats into consideration and come up with the five most athletically viable canines (read: we looked at pictures of puppies and randomly selected our favorites). Here’s how they stack up:
Breed: Golden Retriever/Corgi mix; Age: 18-weeks
Part Golden Retriever, this little gal has athleticism in her blood. But genetics could also be her downfall. There’s a fair amount of Corgi in there too, and we all know the royal sense of entitlement they tend to carry. At the very least, she has size and age on her side.
Breed: Fluffy monster; Age: unknown
She may not look like much of a threat — or much of a dog, really — but Savannah could be a sleeper… mostly because she looks like one of the titular monsters from the 1986 non-classic “Critters.” It is our sincere hope that she doesn’t provoke a massacre on the field though, because the only thing we love more than puppies is that hipster ref.
Breed: Siberian Husky; Age: 16 weeks
Siberian Huskies are the distinguished bruisers of the dog world, the thinking man’s pit-bull, if you will. They’re also one of the only breeds still naturally conditioned for competition. If we were picking teams on breed alone, Koda would be our first choice. Also? Wook at thowse eaws.
2. Big Red
Breed: Shepherd Mix; Age: 13 weeks
This one’s easy. We’re really only going with Big Red because we’re basically already filing the adoption papers, and no son of ours is going to be a loser. There’s also a “Little” red in the competition this year, so you know he’s got to fair a much better than someone.
Breed: Lab Mix; Age: 12 weeks
Spoiler alert! This little guy may not look like much, but he’s a beast on the field. Animal Planet has released a promo of the game, and while a much larger pup is fiddling around with the plush pigskin, Jack swoops in for the kill and TD glory. Place your bets now.
And for the whole line-up, check out our Puppy Bowl 2011 gallery.