The Doberman Pinscher! We’re back in Dogtoberfest time, and we’re picking one of the most well known guard dogs. In most mediums of entertainment, they usually appear as guarding an area of dubious intent. Interestingly, it is one of the few dogs used for guard work to be bred for that sole purpose. Way back in Germany, a Herr. Dobermann wanted to have a dog that was excellent at protecting him in a new job venture. So he went out and made one. But he still couldn’t get a dog with the kind of ears he liked.
The Doberman is often shortened to just “Doberman” in the US, and completely in Europe. The reasoning mostly due to Pinscher meaning Terrier in the native language. They also come in a few different colors other than their common black and tan colors. Mostly ranging between red and blue, with a rare occurrence of white with blue eyes.
In this episode, Caitlyn teaches some Punnett Square biology, and the different allele combos. Kyle finally asks the question we’ve all been dying to know the answer to. Are these dogs smarter than a crow?
Song is “They Dance” by Golden Earing.
Great Danes, why are you a dog? At the top of the episode Kyle went rogue and looked up some extra interesting Weimaraner facts to share, and Caitlyn goes through a laundry list of names for Pumas from an excellent listener mail. Caitlyn and Kyle also talk about the Dachshund race they went to the week before! To see a video, click here.
Caitlyn talks about how Great Danes got the actual name, as well as their many nicknames, how they influenced Prussian politics, and why they’re known as the heartbreak breed. There are also several cool famous dogs towards the tail end of the episode, one of which is the only dog to have ever been enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Outro song is
Boxers, why are you a dog?! Contrary to what you think, Boxer dogs aren’t known for punching, nor for fighting in general. Some Boxer dogs punch, or sorta look like they are, but it’s not super common. They originally hunted the big bad boys of the animal kingdom: bears, boars, and deer (for good measure.)
This week during Dogtoberfest Kyle and Caitlyn make terrible sports jokes, and lament over the fate of some white boxers. We also walk through all of the health problems named after the Boxer itself. It’s a doozy.
There are a couple corrections at the top of the episode, and an amazing email from a listener about guardian breeds. Super informative; thank you Lisa! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and be sure to follow us on social media @whyareyouadog.
Outro song is (obviously) The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
Irish setters, why are you a dog? On this weeks show (which thankfully wasn’t delayed by Hurricane Irma) Caitlyn describes the convoluted breeding history of the Irish Setter and makes a really bad Shawshank Redemption joke that doesn’t land. Caitlyn and Kyle also marvel about how bird hunting worked before guns, Caitlyn still can’t get her dates right and is extra salty about dog shows now.
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Outro song is Point and Freeze (Irish Setter) by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 3rd Litter.