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 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
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.
We have another request! This week we talk about the Leonberger, the giant breed from Germany that was bred to look like another animal (probably). Which seems like a complicated solution to a simple problem. The guy who created this breed really loved large animals and was a great marketer, but didn’t live long enough to see the breed truly come into their own.
As with most dogs, especially German dogs, the two World Wars took a toll on their numbers. They’ve made a comeback recently and their numbers are increasing across Europe and America. Did you see our Facebook post recently? If you did, you know these guys are the Tom Cruise of the dog world and do their own stunts. They jump out of helicopters and save people who have no business swimming!
Outro song is Take Me Higher by Leon Berger.
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.
Weimaraners, why are you a dog?! This week Caitlyn will drive you crazy with the pronunciation of the breed’s name, and also starts out with a quick fact about Boxers she completely forgot to talk about in the actual Boxer episode (sorry about that). Kyle reads some listener mail at the top of the episode.
Weimaraners have a very distinct coat and color, which comes with a couple of cool nicknames. They also have a fascinating history when it comes to the development and dissemination of the breed throughout Germany and then eventually to the United States. Caitlyn and Kyle also make a very convincing pitch for Brad Pitt to be on the show, so if anyone knows his agent please be sure to get them in contact with us.
Outro song is “Little Grey Ghost” by Mik Henderson.
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
Dachshunds, why are you a dog?! Our latest Dogtober fest dog is the Dachshund, which have many, many different nicknames. This is the longest episode so far and for the first 15 minutes Kyle and Caitlyn read some corrections and listener mail, and then talk about Lord of the Rings and some other nonsense.
If you want to skip directly to the dachshunds, go to minute 15:00. In this episode Dogtoberfest almost hit a snag with the surprising appearance of Egypt, Queen Victoria makes another guest appearance, Caitlyn forgets the word “lips”, and badgers get picked on for no reason.
Outro song is The Ballad of Wiener-Dog (from the Wiener-Dog OST). It can be listened to in it’s entirety here.
Tune in next week for week three of Dogtoberfest with our Boxer episode.
Schnauzers, why are you a dog?! Happy (early) Dogtoberfest! Caitlyn and Kyle will be doing a new German dog every week starting this week and through the whole month of October.
This week is Schnauzers! They’re multipurpose, dog-of-all-jobs dogs who are true utility players. The only thing they can’t do is yarn crafts. It’s also a 3-for-1 episode since there are three sizes of Schnauzer and they all do different dog jobs. Learn about their heroics in WWI and WWII, as well as a dog that led to some celebrity violence, and enjoy a brand new segment on funny dog show names!
Outro song is You’re So Irresistible (Miniature Schnauzer) by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 2nd Litter. (Guys, we just really like Nancy Simmonds.)
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Pomeranians, why are you a dog? Caitlyn and Kyle discuss the inevitable royal history of the Pomeranians (you knew it was coming!), marvel at how many color combinations they have, and joke about how they’re bringing the entire dog economy down.
There weren’t any corrections this week, but boy will there be some next week. Make sure you follow WAYAD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @whyareyouadog, and send any emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
Outro song is Pom Pom Get a Pom by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 2nd Litter.