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
This week on “Why Are You A Dog?” the show gets real. During her research, Caitlyn found some fascinating history about the Catahoula Leopard Hound/Dog/Cur or whatever you call it. These dogs were essentially put into a contest against one another to see who was the fittest. The rules for the contest are ludicrously unfair, and it sounds like either an action movie from the 80s or a Young Adult novel.
We also learn more about how the AKC seems to have something against American dogs. Not only is the Plott hound (another American dog) a recent addition, but the Catahoula still is not officially a recognized breed. What do these pups gotta do to get a shot at recognition? I guess they could always harass some AKC officials into doing what they want.
Kyle tells Caitlyn about his foolproof system to identify whether hats have a purpose. Caitlyn immediately tries to break the system.
Song is Catahoula by The Bellamy Brothers.
We’re back from vacation! Hope everyone had a happy Christmas and New Year. This week take on the task of giving information and the history of the St. Bernard, which is a gentle giant that had incredibly important dog job. We may all know about the ubiquitous St. Bernard barrel but did you know that it may not be good for search and rescue? We also discuss how their size can be a hazard, and Kyle manages to bring up Pokemon twice in this episode. Kyle and Caitlyn also talk about a badass St. Bernard sailor who made sure all of his comrades came home safe and has more military honors than Carter has pills.
Outro song is Saint Bernard by Ron Sexsmith.
Poodles, why are you a dog?! Have you ever been curious about the purpose of a poodle? I mean, look at them, they look silly, right? Why did they ever cut their hair like that? Surprisingly, the history of the poodle is actually very versatile, and they have done just about everything.
In this episode, Caitlyn explains to Kyle why poodles have funny haircuts, uncovers their entertainment past, and speaks some really terrible German along the way. We also talk about an incredibly badass poodle named Moustache, as well as some surprising information about their military history.
Thank you to Kevin from The Miserable Hair People Show on Youtube who did our amazing original album artwork. Check out them out at Miserable Hair People Show.
Outro song is Let Me Play With Your Poodle by Tampa Red (1938).
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