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.
The Lhasa Apso, is a dog of surprising feats. You look at it and just assume, “Ah yes, you are just a dog of no substance.” Wrong. There’s this little ol’ thing you may have heard of called, “Dalai Lama” whose soul will possess a Lhasa Apso while waiting to become human again. Yeah, the leader of Tibet is technically a dog for a little while. Honestly, I would love it if we had the option to vote for a dog every so often. Cause if a dog got to be King of America, if you have a bad opinion, you’re just gonna look like an jerk.
Besides their history with the Tibetan ruling class, this breed is very old. In fact, the link between the Lhasa and the wolf is a very short link. The more I learn about genetics, the more I don’t understand genetics. I look at a wolf and the Lhasa, and I have to assume something happened between them. Turns out, that something wasn’t a lot. They’re also known for their long hair “show cuts” which looks a lot like human hair. Probably just as annoying as having long hair as well, showing up wrapped around your foot, or in your clothes.
This episode, Caitlyn goes on a tirade about birds. In case it somehow has not come out at this point, Caitlyn doesn’t like birds. As pets, specifically. I have seen her enjoy pictures of cute birds, and she has a LOT of owl stuff in the apartment. So. . . it’s complicated I guess.
Song for this week is “Lhasa Apso” by Ne’er Do Evers
This week we discuss the Shar Pei! For our second Lunar New Year dog, we’re giving you another dog from China that almost went extinct during the Communist Revolution. They’re super distinct with their rolls and hippopotamus features, which I’m sure was extra fun for Kevin to draw this week. We also talk about the best event to take place all year: The Puppy Bowl! Kyle gives a pretty good run down of events, which you won’t want to miss.
Outro song is Forgetting We’re Growing Old (The Shar Pei Song) by Daniel Hainault.
Alaskan Malamutes, why are you a dog?! Caitlyn and Kyle recorded this episode immediately after the Bluetick Coonhound episode, so there’s wasn’t any listener mail this week…until there was.
This week Caitlyn has a hard time pronouncing indigenous people’s names (shocker), and talks about how the breed is one of the oldest dog breeds around. Caitlyn and Kyle also talk about a terrible occurrence that nearly wiped out the breed entirely, so hug your Malamute tightly if you have one. They also discuss how they look like bears, and their heroic deeds in expeditions and medical emergencies.
Outro song is “Malamute” by Samoyed.