42 – Why Are You a Finnish Lapphund?

The Finnish Lapphund is the cutest dog breed. Somehow the Scandinavians figured out how to make all the best stuff. Best mythology, best cities, and even the best dogs. I know, that’s subjective, but I’ll stand by it. The Finnish Lapphund (or Lappies as Caitlyn referred to them) goes back quite a ways and has origin with the indigenous people of the European north. The Sami used the Finnish Lapphund for herding an unusual animal. That is until the snowmobile.

Did we mention these things are adorable? The fact they aren’t known outside of Finland is a total shame. Although they lack popularity, they have been part of the AKC for a few years now, and have a pretty thriving show community. Since these dogs are on the smaller end, they also seem to live forever. And as we all know, since they’re a bit smaller, they like to bark. It’s probably good that they bark though, since they kinda look like wolves. . .  That’s important because wolves don’t bark, in case you didn’t know. . .

Caitlyn and Kyle talk about World War II, and Kyle royally screws up some facts. So much so, that if he had been accurate, the entire war may have been different. Caitlyn was there to quickly correct him though, so sorry any Russians, Poles or Germans out there.

Song is “The Cage” by Sonata Arctica.

41 – Why Are You an Airedale Terrier?

The Airedale terrier is, surprisingly, a very interesting dog. These dogs seem to be everywhere you look. Their origin is essentially being several different dogs bread together until someone said, “Oh yeah, that’s neat.” As far as Terriers, besides the Giant Schnauzer, they’re usually known for being much smaller dogs. But these boys are pretty big, and some folks in their past even sought to make them bigger.

Like many other terriers, they start out chasing small rodents in holes, until they got mixed up with a bunch of other dogs and formed what we see now. Then somehow they became war dogs. Yeah, these friendly looking guys fought in wars. But to just limit them to that would be a disservice, as far as other dog jobs, they seemed to have done them all. Some folks would even say they did them better than any dog.

In this episode, Kyle and Caitlyn talk about how a dog breed is solidified. We also ponder whether anyone went to Harvard for a Creative Writing degree. Caitlyn also takes a minute to warm up to the jokes in this episode.

The song for this week is “Terriers” from the show Kids in the Hall.

40 – Why Are You a Bulldog?

The English Bulldog, or just the Bulldog, is actually pretty cool. Unlike many of the recent dogs, the Bulldog actually had no near extinction to fight off, so they had a somewhat short history. Surprisingly, they are not called bulldog because of the way the look, but because they were heavily involved with a sport known as bull baiting. It’s a bittersweet concept, since the sport sounds super cool, but it was also extremely dangerous for the dog. This makes me curious for when we do the other bull named dogs.

When moved to the new world, they were still used to an extent in New York for cornering bulls. It seems bonkers that New York had a persistent problem, they had a bulldog A-Team. Keep in mind the current version of the dog is nothing like the dog from nearly 500 years ago. The current version of the dog seems to be a practice in arrogance by humanity. Their health is poor, and they are cursed with the inability to give birth without assistance.

Kyle teaches Caitlyn the Alpha dog concept is not true. Caitlyn is upset that Kyle doesn’t have the full document committed to memory. I will however post the link to the research changes here. It’s a pretty decent read, so check it out.

Song is “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles

35 – Why Are You a Swedish Vallhund?

Oh my god, who was hiding the Vallhund from us all? Properly referred to as “Swedish” Vallhund, these puppers look like a corgi husky hybrid dog. So essentially, have the body of corgi, but the coloring of a husky or a wolf. Unsurprisingly, the Vallhund and Corgi have some sort of shared history, but what it might be, is unclear. So yeah, it’s one of those dogs that no one really knows much about!

Although not much is known about the Vallhund, they have been around for at least a thousand years. They were more than likely used by vikings for all farming purposes, and may or may not have a hand in the creation of the corgi. I doubt they rode around pillaging villages, but it does make for an amusing image. These dogs are rather new to the AKC and still incredibly rare in the United States and only has 10 states with registered breeders.

Caitlyn tries her damnedest to struggle through some Swedish words, and Kyle shares his personal experiences with the language. The episode also eventually breaks down into who does the most work, and thus who deserves the most titles.

Song for this episode is “Watch it Crash” by Toh Kay. (Listen to the episode and it will make sense).

34 – Why Are You a German Shepherd?

German Shepherds, I don’t think we have to ask why you’re a dog. They’re almost ubiquitous with the whole idea of dogs. Seriously, you see a dog doing an actual honest to goodness job, making a living, it’s more than likely going to be a German Shepherd. Also, some of the more famous dog actors are German Shepherds. They also enlist in the military, work on the police force, and even take long stints as personal tour guides. They’re not really good at guiding though, go check out the Labrador episode for that though.

Unlike some other dogs, this one actually is from the country of origin that is given in it’s namesake. I’m looking at you so-called “Australian Shepherd”. Although in the scheme of history, they haven’t been around too long, they’ve certainly made an impact on it. Although burdened with the world wars, they somehow remained popular, and are one of the most popular dogs around (at least in the United States.)

In this episode, the dog talkin’ duo get a little bit too Monday, so be prepared for extra comedy, and a lot of word issues. Kyle tries to retell a “humorous” story, and naturally forgets important things in the telling of. All in all, this was an episode. This episode was also requested (kinda. . . ) by Jane DS of twitch Justin.tv and Twitchin’ Kitchen fame, so thanks, Jane!

Outro song is “German Shepherd Dog Song” by Luke Farrugia. Probably. It was made for the German Shepherd dog tips group on Facebook, apparently.

32 – Why Are You a Boston Terrier?

This week on “Why Are You A Dog?” we talk about the Boston Terrier. AKA Boston Bull Terrier, AKA American Gentleman dog, AKA Wicked Pissa. They are one of the few uniquely North American dogs, and although they started out as fighting dog, they’re actually very calm and super friendly. Most surprising thing about these guys? Not actually a terrier.

Now if you’re familiar with the show Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and saw the dog “Iggy”, you’ve probably seen one of these dogs. Depending on your humor, you may or may not like that the dog farts a lot. It’s a stupid comedic relief thing, right? Nope, Bostons are actually well known for their gassiness. If a website is going to talk about this dog, they make sure to let you know about their fart power within the first paragraph. Some even put it in their headline. We are at least breaking the mold, and waited until the second paragraph to talk about their flatulence.

Caitlyn talks about how ghosts are only a problem only in very specific ways, and Kyle tries to coin a new description for dog coats as “glazed”. He also tries to make a really poor penguin comparison. The song for this week is “For Boston” by The Dropkick Murpheys.

31 – Why Are You A Komondor?

This week on “Why Are You A Dog?” We talk about the dog that’s a mop, the Dog Marley himself: the Komondor. These are the dogs with dreadlocks, that you may or may not have seen before. They are also among the least popular dogs in all the United States, but somehow getting slightly more popular. If you ever see one in person you’d see these pups are huge, and did I mention they have crazy braided hair?

This week, Kyle creates a challenge for Caitlyn, to see whether or not Cairn Terriers (Cairns) and West Highland Terriers (Westies) look different. Turns out, when you take away the “one is only white, and other is not” they look prettttttty similar. Play it for yourself down below:

The song this week is Komondor by Dog Days

10 – Why Are You a Bluetick Coonhound?

This week we move on from Dogtoberfest and talk about an American dog (even though Caitlyn still has to read some French)! This is the first hound on the podcast, and Kyle is confused by what that even means. As this is a newer dog, there’s not as much information out there on the breed’s history so be prepared for long, winding tangents on things tangentially related to the dog at hand. Caitlyn also makes a bad Karate Kid “joke”, and tries to justify it for about seven minutes, and hounds get lumped into murder/investigative show categories.

Outro song is the cover of “Ol’ Red” by Blake Shelton.