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
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.
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
Happy Year of the Dog! For the Lunar New Year, we’ll be doing a series on Asian dogs and the first week is all about the Shih Tzu. We tackle the question of what is a Shih Tzu? So many names for such a small dog. You’ll be surprised to know that the dog is not pronounced “Shit Zoo”, as we all think it is, but pretty much exactly how it’s spelled.
This episode has eunuchs, lions, casual racism and a ridiculous pronunciation guide. Kyle and Caitlyn also learned new medical terminology, and think it would be a great band name. What is it, you ask? You’ll just have to listen!
Outro song is The Shih Tzu Song by Backyard Haircuts.
Brussels Griffon, why are you a dog?! On this episode Kyle innocently corrects Caitlyn’s French pronunciation and Caitlyn has a meltdown. Ever wanted to know where Ewoks’ looks come from? Or how magicians get birds to fly out of hats (there’s a lot of bird talk in this episode for some reason…sorry)? Be sure to give this episode a listen and learn about the small, not nearly popular enough dog with a big heart.
Outro song is “Yub Nub (Original Ewok Celebration Song)” from Star War VI: Return of the Jedi.
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
Pugs, why are you a dog?! This week, Caitlyn helps Kyle unravel the royal history of the Pug, which includes espionage and dog-sized pantaloons. Pugs are our first brachycephalic dog, and Caitlyn runs through the laundry list of health concerns pugs have (It’s a long, loooooong list), and talk about the most famous pug on the internet. She also helps change Kyle’s mind on why pugs are actually pretty cool dogs.
Caitlyn and Kyle also challenge listeners to an art contest, where they briefly (and poorly) describe Caitlyn’s dog Willie and ask for art submissions on what listeners think he looks like. All of their personal friends who have seen Willie are excluded from this contest, which means they probably won’t have any submissions. Assuming there are any submissions, winners will be revealed on Episode 15 and the prize of warm and fuzzy feelings will be awarded.
Outro song is Pug Song from the Super Delux YouTube channel.
*Corrections from episode 1 have been received and will be aired in episode 3. Keep your comments and correction coming in!*