68 – Why Are You a Border Collie?

The Border Collie, also known as the “not-Lassie collie”. That’s right, the collie that everyone knows about is not the one that everyone knows about. The Border Collie is however, THE herding dog. These dogs are used to herd just about everything. Including sheep, pigs, chickens, and any other kind of bird you can imagine. Oh were you going to say ostrich? Yeah, they herd those, too. I wish I had video proof, but I can’t find any on such short notice.

The Border Collie is also one of the few dogs that are workers and show dogs. In fact, the working dogs are also allowed to show with their scars and damage from herding work. Interestingly though, as the Working Collie Club doesn’t seem to get along well with the AKC. Because of this, in the past, they have removed registration from dogs that have won in AKC shows. They also dominate in agility trials, and have even forced show runners to created ABC trials (Anything But Collies).

In this episode, we talk about Caitlyn’s resolution to take care of chickens if we ever got them. We finally follow up on the Chihuahua episode where Caitlyn went to the dentist. This time Kyle went. What were the results? Find out in this episode of Why Are You A Dog?!

Song this week is “Border Collie Song” by Rich Hall

66 – Why Are You a Bernese Mountain Dog?

The Bernese Mountain Dog, or known as Bernies or Berners, is a big dog from the mountains of Bern. As a mountain dog, it’s probably not shocking at all that they are super furry and large. It’s almost like they developed the way they are due to the elements. As they are larger dogs, they were mostly used as guarding dogs for their owner’s farms. They were even strong enough to pull carts into towns. Granted, I don’t know how big these carts were, but still cool to say about a dog.

The dog is unfortunately a rather unhealthy one as it has, among even large dogs, one of the shortest life spans. They get all the popular diseases, and they often have mobility problems even at young ages. But even so, they are as playful and fun as just about any other dog.

Caitlyn and Kyle talk a lot about their recent experience visiting the 2018 AKC National Championships hosted in Orlando. They went around meeting several breeds, and watching some of the agility trials and dock diving. Both of which were amazing to watch, as any of the dogs could have a great run or an awful one. It was chaos incarnate. We even got to witness a Bernese Mountain Dog in action.

Song for this week is “Bernese Mountain Dog” by Nancy Simmonds

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

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

53 – Why Are You an American Staffordshire Terrier? (feat. Pitbull)

The American Staffordshire Terrier, or the Amstaff, is a Pitbull type dog. What I mean by that, is that when you think Pitbull, it’s likely this dog. Or the South Florida artist Pitbull, who is not to be confused with the Amstaff dog breed. This episode encompasses all of these things, since they have a similar background. Which, if you listened to our English Bulldog episode, you’d know deals with the bloodsports of bull baiting, and not looking like bulls.

As we all probably know, the Pitbull is put in a pretty bad light, as it has a very powerful bite. The breed is not inherently dangerous, but as it’s bite has a higher chance of being fatal. This is likely the reason why the breed has so much legislation against it. Most violent dogs are either abused or trained to be that way. Also, the locking jaw thing is not true. The Pitbull is not part snake. Another mis-informative fact out there, they were not nanny dogs. There is no such thing as a nanny dog.

Caitlyn has some struggles with words this episode. Kyle calls out flat-earthers, and people who get dumb rules made after them. It’s an episode on Pitbulls, but we don’t get too political. Except when we made some pretty great jokes about political slogans.

Song is “Timber” by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

51 – Why Are You a Golden Retriever?

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dogs ever. We already talked about the Lab, and the German Shepherd, now it’s the Golden Retriever’s turn. I love how these dogs more or less do the same thing, yet all get different types of names. If you listened to the other dogs, or have ever seen a Golden, you know they’re smart. They do every modern dog job you may have seen: bomb sniffers, drug sniffers, cop sniffers, people sniffers, everything. If not apparent, their origins are related to. . . retrieving.

If you were born before Alaska was a state, you would have thought these dogs had an origin in the Russian circus. Well turns out, that’s a bunch of malarky (era appropriate term). These dogs were bred to create the best game retrieving dogs, as hunters were going ballistic with their more powerful guns. They’d shoot so many animals, that they needed a dog that was all terrain, and capable of bringing them back with little training.

Caitlyn and Kyle question how even before the modern era, false news had the ability to travel fast. How was anything ever corrected? It boggles my mind as a person too young to recall an economy before having ready access to anyone in any part of the world. Things like news paper classifieds? It still seems like a long stretch and highly impractical.

Song is “Golden Retriever” by Super Furry Animals

49 – Why Are You a Portuguese Podengo?

The Portuguese Podengo, definitely not to be referred to as a “popo”, is a slightly complicated dog. They come in three sizes, and are essentially the same dog, but only the poqueno version is a “hound”. What are the other two? According to the AKC, just miscellaneous. Oh, but if you are to ask someone from Portugal about their hound origins, they would tell you they’re not quite hounds. In fact, they probably would tell you what the dog is not, rather than any explanation of what they are. Like I said, the Podengo is complicated.

To further complicate this breed, they also have two different coats, which don’t seem to be part of the same litters. One is a wired and the other type is smooth. So not only do they come in three distinct sizes, but they also have two different coats. Why are these not all just six different dogs? If the corgi can be two dogs, why not this one? As they are hound dogs, they are used for hunting as you may have guessed.

In this episode, Kyle and Caitlyn discuss the merits of the popularity list of dogs. Caitlyn thinks it’s fine as is, but Kyle argues that it is not useful if it doesn’t have all the dogs on it. How are we to verify the popularity if the list is not thorough? We also talk a little bit about internships. Not for this show, oh no. Just in general. Come for the dogs, get the extra facts for free!

Song is “Fandango with a Podengo” by Reverse Thrust. This is from a Rock Opera about Cats.