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.

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

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.

10 – Why Are You a Bluetick Coonhound?

This week we move on from Dogtoberfest and talk about an American dog (even though Caitlyn still has to read some French)! This is the first hound on the podcast, and Kyle is confused by what that even means. As this is a newer dog, there’s not as much information out there on the breed’s history so be prepared for long, winding tangents on things tangentially related to the dog at hand. Caitlyn also makes a bad Karate Kid “joke”, and tries to justify it for about seven minutes, and hounds get lumped into murder/investigative show categories.

Outro song is the cover of “Ol’ Red” by Blake Shelton.

8 – Why Are You a Weimaraner?

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.

3 – Why Are You an Irish Setter?

Irish setters, why are you a dog? On this weeks show (which thankfully wasn’t delayed by Hurricane Irma) Caitlyn describes the convoluted breeding history of the Irish Setter and makes a really bad Shawshank Redemption joke that doesn’t land. Caitlyn and Kyle also marvel about how bird hunting worked before guns, Caitlyn still can’t get her dates right and is extra salty about dog shows now.

We’re currently taking dog requests and will start doing request dogs after episode 5, so be sure to send them in to us at whyareyouadog@gmail.com.

Outro song is Point and Freeze (Irish Setter) by Nancy Simmonds off her album Musical Tails, 3rd Litter.

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