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.

46 – Why Are You a Beagle?

The Beagle is a dog made famous by Santa Rosa, CA man Charles Shultz while drawing his cartoon “Peanuts”. The most fascinating about the Beagle in Peanuts is that he looks nothing like an actual beagle. This started a trend with just about every other cartoon beagle looking nothing like the actual dog. Surprisingly though, they do actually come in a black and white version.

Besides their cartoon depictions, Beagles are so popular that they even have their own verb: beagling. This is essentially short hand for chasing hare as prey. They did a lot of this way back when, and the original breeders even made other kinds of beagles to change up the hunts. This includes big beagles, fast beagles, lazy beagles, and pocket beagles. Eventually these breeds were dropped or turned into another dog, cause that’s how dog breeds work. ¯\_()_/¯

Beagles are also the number #1 dog when it comes to drug testing. Mostly because they don’t seem to give a crap about what you do to them. Beagles are very easy going and as a result are often used as working dogs to not intimidate those afraid of dogs. Kinda smart, as these guys are pretty cute.

Caitlyn shows off her only accent in her repertoire at length. Kyle mentions stuff that he already mentioned in other episodes. So I guess go listen to those episodes if you wanna hear them. Sorry about that.

Song is “I love My Beagle” by Grandbob.

42 – Why Are You a Finnish Lapphund?

The Finnish Lapphund is the cutest dog breed. Somehow the Scandinavians figured out how to make all the best stuff. Best mythology, best cities, and even the best dogs. I know, that’s subjective, but I’ll stand by it. The Finnish Lapphund (or Lappies as Caitlyn referred to them) goes back quite a ways and has origin with the indigenous people of the European north. The Sami used the Finnish Lapphund for herding an unusual animal. That is until the snowmobile.

Did we mention these things are adorable? The fact they aren’t known outside of Finland is a total shame. Although they lack popularity, they have been part of the AKC for a few years now, and have a pretty thriving show community. Since these dogs are on the smaller end, they also seem to live forever. And as we all know, since they’re a bit smaller, they like to bark. It’s probably good that they bark though, since they kinda look like wolves. . .  That’s important because wolves don’t bark, in case you didn’t know. . .

Caitlyn and Kyle talk about World War II, and Kyle royally screws up some facts. So much so, that if he had been accurate, the entire war may have been different. Caitlyn was there to quickly correct him though, so sorry any Russians, Poles or Germans out there.

Song is “The Cage” by Sonata Arctica.

41 – Why Are You an Airedale Terrier?

The Airedale terrier is, surprisingly, a very interesting dog. These dogs seem to be everywhere you look. Their origin is essentially being several different dogs bread together until someone said, “Oh yeah, that’s neat.” As far as Terriers, besides the Giant Schnauzer, they’re usually known for being much smaller dogs. But these boys are pretty big, and some folks in their past even sought to make them bigger.

Like many other terriers, they start out chasing small rodents in holes, until they got mixed up with a bunch of other dogs and formed what we see now. Then somehow they became war dogs. Yeah, these friendly looking guys fought in wars. But to just limit them to that would be a disservice, as far as other dog jobs, they seemed to have done them all. Some folks would even say they did them better than any dog.

In this episode, Kyle and Caitlyn talk about how a dog breed is solidified. We also ponder whether anyone went to Harvard for a Creative Writing degree. Caitlyn also takes a minute to warm up to the jokes in this episode.

The song for this week is “Terriers” from the show Kids in the Hall.

40 – Why Are You a Bulldog?

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

37 – Why Are You a Spanish Water Dog?

Fuzzy buddies of the water
Spanish Water Dog

What is the relationship with water and the Spanish Water Dog? Nothing. The history of the Spanish Water Dog, has very little to do with water. Why did it get stuck with this name? Well why is the greyhound called “grey”hound? My guess is that someone must have seen one jump out of a body of water. Then the name forever stuck. These dogs actually have a pretty storied history, and have done many different jobs. Back when a dog was meant for more than for more than petting, these guys did everything. You’d probably see them herding, hunting, and some performing some guardian dog duties.

It’s interesting to consider them being much for water, as they have a lot of fur. As we learned about guardian dogs, they take after the looks of their charge. Typically they might herd sheep, so if their hair gets a little out of control you’re not meant to even cut it, but sheer it. You’re actually suggested to not really alter their look too much, and make them look fuzzy and unbrushed as their natural look.

Caitlyn and Kyle prove they are forever going to just be bad at math. This time, they try to do pretty simple multiplication (I mean, this was on the table you learn as a kid!), and still screw it up. Luckily, they caught themselves, and the show moves on. We talk about other things, but this was not about dogs, so it’s a highlight!

Song is “Bandito” by Perro de Agua (which Kyle originally thought was the other way around)

35 – Why Are You a Swedish Vallhund?

Oh my god, who was hiding the Vallhund from us all? Properly referred to as “Swedish” Vallhund, these puppers look like a corgi husky hybrid dog. So essentially, have the body of corgi, but the coloring of a husky or a wolf. Unsurprisingly, the Vallhund and Corgi have some sort of shared history, but what it might be, is unclear. So yeah, it’s one of those dogs that no one really knows much about!

Although not much is known about the Vallhund, they have been around for at least a thousand years. They were more than likely used by vikings for all farming purposes, and may or may not have a hand in the creation of the corgi. I doubt they rode around pillaging villages, but it does make for an amusing image. These dogs are rather new to the AKC and still incredibly rare in the United States and only has 10 states with registered breeders.

Caitlyn tries her damnedest to struggle through some Swedish words, and Kyle shares his personal experiences with the language. The episode also eventually breaks down into who does the most work, and thus who deserves the most titles.

Song for this episode is “Watch it Crash” by Toh Kay. (Listen to the episode and it will make sense).

34 – Why Are You a German Shepherd?

German Shepherds, I don’t think we have to ask why you’re a dog. They’re almost ubiquitous with the whole idea of dogs. Seriously, you see a dog doing an actual honest to goodness job, making a living, it’s more than likely going to be a German Shepherd. Also, some of the more famous dog actors are German Shepherds. They also enlist in the military, work on the police force, and even take long stints as personal tour guides. They’re not really good at guiding though, go check out the Labrador episode for that though.

Unlike some other dogs, this one actually is from the country of origin that is given in it’s namesake. I’m looking at you so-called “Australian Shepherd”. Although in the scheme of history, they haven’t been around too long, they’ve certainly made an impact on it. Although burdened with the world wars, they somehow remained popular, and are one of the most popular dogs around (at least in the United States.)

In this episode, the dog talkin’ duo get a little bit too Monday, so be prepared for extra comedy, and a lot of word issues. Kyle tries to retell a “humorous” story, and naturally forgets important things in the telling of. All in all, this was an episode. This episode was also requested (kinda. . . ) by Jane DS of twitch Justin.tv and Twitchin’ Kitchen fame, so thanks, Jane!

Outro song is “German Shepherd Dog Song” by Luke Farrugia. Probably. It was made for the German Shepherd dog tips group on Facebook, apparently.

31 – Why Are You A Komondor?

This week on “Why Are You A Dog?” We talk about the dog that’s a mop, the Dog Marley himself: the Komondor. These are the dogs with dreadlocks, that you may or may not have seen before. They are also among the least popular dogs in all the United States, but somehow getting slightly more popular. If you ever see one in person you’d see these pups are huge, and did I mention they have crazy braided hair?

This week, Kyle creates a challenge for Caitlyn, to see whether or not Cairn Terriers (Cairns) and West Highland Terriers (Westies) look different. Turns out, when you take away the “one is only white, and other is not” they look prettttttty similar. Play it for yourself down below:

The song this week is Komondor by Dog Days

20 – Why Are You a Jack Russell Terrier?

Ever wonder “Who is Jack Russell? Why does he have a dog names after him?” Well, we’re here to tell you. And no, he’s not related to anyone named Parson… Interestingly, it seems that there are multiple Russell Terriers out there.

This week, learn about the man behind one of the most ubiquitous small dog breeds. There’s also an opportunity to name a potential new book idea Caitlyn and Kyle came up with, to learn about a nightmarish occurrence in the TV show Arthur, and Caitlyn mistakes Arthur for a badger and not an aardvark. Don’t @ her about it.

Outro song is “My Little Jack Russell” by Richie Kavanagh.