Bites at Animal Planet

9 Jun

BREAKING NEWS: Who Will Be Crowned the WORLD PUP Champion?!

- June 12 Marks the Start of Animal Planet’s First-ever
Online WORLD PUP Competition -

Get ready for the first ever WORLD PUP competition where YOU, the canine fans, will decide who will be crowned champion and top dog of the planet!

Beginning Thursday, June 12 at 3 p.m. E/P, right here at, we'll be kicking off our own single-elimination tournament, allowing YOU the fans to root for countries based on the dog breed that best represent each. Sixteen dogs proudly bark for their home countries, most of which are top contenders in the 2014 World Cup, and each competes paw-to-paw as the world decides which is named ‘Top Dog.’




You'll be asked to watch videos about each breed in this epic tournament of global cuteness. Then make your bracket selections to vote in each no-holds-barred match-up to decide which country's canine will win.

So, if you are a fan of France’s French bulldog or Belgium’s Brussels Griffon, or if you must vote for the Alaskan Malamute, hailing from the United States, don’t watch from the sidelines; get online and get voting!

On the same day the esteemed World Cup athletes take centerfield, our puppies prepare to score their own goals. The first four match ups include the following:
                * Spain’s Great Pyrenees vs. Netherlands’ Keeshond
                * Cameroon’s Basenji vs. Mexico’s Chihuahua
                * Germany’s Dachshund vs. Portugal’s Portuguese water dog
                * England’s Old English sheepdog vs. Italy’s Italian greyhound
Can WORLD PUP’s ‘pup’ular pooches predict the winners of the 2014 games in Brazil like Paul the Octopus did four years ago for the World Cup in South Africa? Keep up with our pups in the upcoming weeks to see which brings home the trophy!

On July 10, the canine competition ends, and the winner is announced at

To keep everyone’s head in the game, the adorable and adoptable stars of Animal Planet L!VE’s Puppy Cam are celebrating the WORLD PUP by kicking around a few balls themselves. Visit APL.TV for Puppy Cam and 20+ cams providing you access to the animal kingdom.



June 12 Update: VOTE FOR YOUR TEAM NOW >>



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

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