65- Why Are You a Siberian Husky?

The Siberian Husky is THE snow dog. When you look at people doing sled racing, it is likely this dog that you think of. It’s also the dog that someone who doesn’t know much about dogs thinks looks like a wolf. These are actually a pretty healthy and old breed, and you would be surprised that it actually comes from Russia. That’s right, it’s not a misnomer like the Australian Shepherd or the Labrador (which is totally from Newfoundland, ha! Well, originally I mean.) The dog has a lot of breeding and popularity in the United States. 

The dog can come in several different colors, and it made its claim to fame with the Nome Serum Run. The famous trek in Alaska where several dog teams carried serum for diphtheria. These dogs have been used to pull sleds in both the Arctic and the Antarctic and are regarded as the best sled dog around. It is actually a much smaller dog compared to sled dogs of the time it was introduced. 

Kyle talks about how he started reading a sad book about dogs. Caitlyn is excited that we use a lot of latin, since no one can stop her mispronunciations. 

Song is “Snow Dogs” by Brunswick Project

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64 – Why Are You a Tibetan Mastiff?

The Tibetan Mastiff is that one giant scary looking dog you’ve seen pictures of. The one when you literally type in “giant furry scary dog” that pops up first. Seeing as how the dog was originally kept as guard dogs, the look is well earned. So if you are trying to rob a Tibetan Mastiff’s house, you’ll probably see that version. Generally though, these dogs tend to have an indifferent demeanor. They are also incredibly lazy.

The dog actually has little human guidance in how the breed developed. Although a domestic dog it is very closely related to the wolf, but has a lot of inbreeding in the line. As it is indigenous to the Himalayan mountains, it is quite fluffy. In fact, the artist rendering we requested for this episode is absurd. Among absurd things, the official club for this dog tries to convince you not to get this dog.

In this episode, we talk about the terror of high altitude aerospace. We also expound upon some of the pop-cultural appearances of this dog. Chiefly the film “The Tibetan Dog”.

Song for this week is Tibetan Monk Throat Singing.

62 – Why Are You an Afghan Hound?

The Afghan Hound: named after Afghanistan, or the blanket? It’s the former. Probably for both, actually. Kyle asked this question, but I don’t think we got a straight answer. Anyway, the Afghan hound is known for two things: 1) they have very long locks of hair all across their body 2) they are the dumbest dog. I suppose there are people who look at the world that way, so here’s the answer.  Not completely true, we’ve unpacked a bit on how these grades are received in previous episodes.

The dog is very similar in build to most other sight hounds, almost like a long haired Greyhound. In fact, at some point in history it even had a variation of the name “greyhound”. The dog used to hunt various game across Asia, including the rare Snow Leopard. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information about the dog until they came to England. Some verifiable facts about the Afghan, is the dog was the first dog ever cloned. That’s right, someone cloned a dog, and it was the Afghan hound.

Since the dog is objectively pretty, we talk about fashion and how Kyle doesn’t understand it. What is the point of a fashion runway shows, as it seems improbable for someone to buy or wear the outfits. Yes, a well tapped comedy mine, don’t worry, we don’t linger long.

Song this week is “Afghan Hound” by Manor.

61 – Why Are You a Scottish Terrier?

The Scottish Terrier, or the Scottie, or like 12 other names is a dog from Scotland. I know, surprising. Well, it IS Scottish, but the English were the first to form a breed club around it. When you look at the dog these days, you typically see them only in one color: black. But when the dog was being “invented” they came in a wide variety of dark colors. If you’re still not sure which dog this is, just think of the dog that looks like a broom.

An interesting concept to consider is that Scotland seems to have a lot of terriers. I wonder if this is due to the type of game available in the region, or if Scots like loud small dogs. It could be a combo of both, but why make so many kinds? It is a bit uncertain if the Scottie is the progeny of many other terrier breeds or the genesis. What is certain is that the dog is unique among many other similar types in it’s region.

Caitlyn and Kyle talk about way too fat dogs. Seriously, how do you let your dog get this big!? We also talk about how history is covered in odd ranges.

Song for this week is “Scotty Doesn’t Know” by Lustra.

60 – Why Are You a French Bulldog?

The French Bulldog, or the Frenchie, is another bully breed dog. Surprise! But seriously, the name of the dog is pretty descriptive. Just like Kyle had said in a recent episode, the naming schema was “Place, thing related to what it does, dog/hound”. The history is very similar to the other bully breed dogs, but this dog was originally the reject dogs. When English Bulldogs came out too small, they would send them off to France. The French loved this.

The dog is actually much more popular than any other breed that is part of it’s lineage. This includes dogs like the pug, or the Mastiff, which is interesting, as it is nowhere near the size of a mastiff. This is also one of the most expensive dogs to give healthcare to. Any sort of issue that could happen, seems to happen to this dog. Down to even being nearly incapable of naturally breeding. They’re lucky that they are generally accepted as a cute breed, otherwise, this dog would go the way of the Steller’s Sea Cow.

In this episode, Caitlyn and Kyle talk about Red Dead Redemption 2. Mostly against Caitlyn’s will, because it’s what Kyle has been doing. Not him playing the game, just talking about it on the show that is probably not listened to by people who enjoy games. Whoops!

Song is “Frenchy, I’m Faking” by Architecture in Helsinki

59 – Why Are You an Affenpinscher?

The Affenpinscher, or the “monkey dog”, is the final dog of Dogtoberfest! Don’t worry, I’ll go back and address that “Monkey Dog” thing. Apparently someone thought the dog looked like a monkey. That’s the story. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get your adrenaline running. Interestingly though, in German, Affen translates into english as “ape”. Which only furthers the whole thing, because Apes technically are not monkeys. Go ahead ask any know-it-all around you, they’ll be sure to point that out.

These days, the Affenpinscher is mostly a toy dog that doesn’t really work. In it’s original form, it did indeed perform many terrier tasks. The dog actually performed a few different jobs, moonlighting as a hunter during the day, and a lapdog at night. Much like some other small dogs we’ve covered, they were essentially little furnaces.

Caitlyn and Kyle spend WAY too long looking up things we didn’t know. I could only imagine the audience sitting at home shouting the answers to our queries into their windshields. I assume most people who listen are likely inside of a vehicle.

Song is “Monkey Dog” by Wright, O. V.

58 – Why Are You a Jagdterrier?

The Jagdterrier, pronounced “Yack Terrier”, is a relatively new dog in the dog world. By that I mean, it was basically invented by as a science experiment during WW2. I specifically mentioned WW2 and science experiment, as it should have put a specific person in your mind. Don’t worry, had nothing to do with him, but the creator did have some dealings with that party. Essentially, the man who went on to create the Jagdterrier wanted to make a fox hunter with a German look. Problem was, he got the look down, but didn’t have any hunting dogs in the breed line.

Eventually the dog became a pretty decent hunter in it’s own right, hunting many types of game. The dog never became very popular in the United States though, as the US doesn’t really hunt foxes. The dog can hunt other things like squirrels and duck, but it’s main function is almost unneeded stateside. The AKC was nice enough to let them hang out in the Foundation Stock Services category in case they ever change their mind.

Kyle tells Caitlyn a pretty humorous story of how his pet ferret was a great hunter of her own. Caitlyn teaches us all some new words, and we apologize to the countries of Australia and New Zealand. Sorry guys, we don’t think you’re the same, but we often do.

Song is “Jagdterrier” by Hasenchat Music

57 – Why Are You a German Shorthaired Pointer?

The German Shorthaired Pointer, not to be confused with the other dogs with the same names, is a. . . Pointer Dog. What is a pointer dog? Well, you’ve probably seen a dog that is depicted as a “smart” or overly obedient doing a point. Scooby Doo has done it when he is pretending to be competent. The Pointing technique was obviously trained, but it’s also based off of a natural occurrence in the breed. The dog uses the stance to better triangulate the position of prey. Humans eventually adapted this into what we now refer to as “pointing”.

The German Pointer is often given comparisons to birds in their features. Their nose being “hooked” or even having amber eyes like a bird of prey is not uncommon. If you’re trying to show these dogs, it might not work out for you though. Their history is closely tied to nobility in Prussia (now Germany). They became popular after the ordinary people could own firearms and hunt with dogs. They were easy to train and eager to please, so they were very popular.

Caitlyn and Kyle talk about how Germany wasn’t always Germany. We dub ourselves as official dog experts, as we have a long running podcast. 57 isn’t really a benchmark but still pretty decently long amount of time.

Song is “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters.

55 – Why Are You a Yorkshire Terrier?

The Yorkshire Terrier, or the Yorkie, may be one of the smallest dogs, but they had a pretty big impact. They were originally bred for clearing mill houses of small pests. Or not? The men who bred the Yorkies were not very good at keeping records of what they did or why. This is actually a point of frustration for later breeders.

One of the smallest dogs of all time was a Yorkshire Terrier, not much larger than a matchbox. That is insanity that something could be that small. One of the most celebrated dogs of WW2 was also a Yorkie. Smoky started out as a stray, that travelled across the world with their master helping out with the war. Yeah, actually legitimately helping out with the war.

Caitlyn and Kyle talk about their recent trip to Disney. It’s pretty good. I feel like I’ve already given away too much of the episode in this text, so just check it out!

Song is “Natalie and Effie in the Park” by Of Montreal