62 – Why Are You an Afghan Hound?

The Afghan Hound: named after Afghanistan, or the blanket? It’s the former. Probably for both, actually. Kyle asked this question, but I don’t think we got a straight answer. Anyway, the Afghan hound is known for two things: 1) they have very long locks of hair all across their body 2) they are the dumbest dog. I suppose there are people who look at the world that way, so here’s the answer.  Not completely true, we’ve unpacked a bit on how these grades are received in previous episodes.

The dog is very similar in build to most other sight hounds, almost like a long haired Greyhound. In fact, at some point in history it even had a variation of the name “greyhound”. The dog used to hunt various game across Asia, including the rare Snow Leopard. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information about the dog until they came to England. Some verifiable facts about the Afghan, is the dog was the first dog ever cloned. That’s right, someone cloned a dog, and it was the Afghan hound.

Since the dog is objectively pretty, we talk about fashion and how Kyle doesn’t understand it. What is the point of a fashion runway shows, as it seems improbable for someone to buy or wear the outfits. Yes, a well tapped comedy mine, don’t worry, we don’t linger long.

Song this week is “Afghan Hound” by Manor.

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.

45 – Why Are You a Basenji?

The Basenji, not to be confused with Benji, is only the second African dog we’ve done. These little dudes have some cute quirks about them. You may have stumbled upon the Basenji as you were looking up dogs that don’t bark. Well, that is “true”, they don’t bark. They yodel. So if you found the Basenji, or us because of this, change your search to “Silent Dogs”.

What they are though, is a very ancient breed, and go back as far as 3000 BCE. Although from the Congo, they have a lot of history in Egypt as well. Even though there isn’t really evidence of it in the research, I feel like the Basenji may be what Anubis was based on. Look at the statues and drawings, that’s not any jackal I ever seen. What’s impressive more, is that the dog was initially used as a hunting a dog, which it did by sight, rather than smell. I say impressive, because the modern version is no more than 2 feet tall.

These dogs are also pretty close to the bottom of the scale of intelligence in dogs. By near the bottom, I mean second to last. This is somewhat controversial, as apparently the standards for intelligence measuring is based on ability to take commands on the first instance. I think it’s about time they re-do the test, as the list doesn’t even contain 100 dogs on it.

This episode, Caitlyn and Kyle talk about their time in Seattle which they are actually back from. Caitlyn reveals that she has been preparing to do this podcast over a decade before she met Kyle. Kyle is all goofed up on cough medication, and is particularly annoying.

Song is Can’t Get Enough by Basenji (we rolled a 6).

15 – Why Are You a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

It’s our first African dog! The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog that was originally meant for the greatest purpose ever. These dogs were bread as lion fighting dogs. In fact, at one point, they were called “Rhodesian Lion Dogs”. I’m not even sure why someone thought to mention their weird back hair. The lion fighting part is way more interesting.

This episode was plagued by misfortune and almost didn’t happen but thankfully we got it into your feeds on time! Caitlyn’s dog, Willie, makes mostly inaudible cameos throughout the episode as he is a Rhodie mix. This episode also features tooth extraction, marriage, Frankenstein dog breeding, The Most Interesting Man in South Africa, and more breed culling (boo).

Outro song is Attention by Charlie Puth.

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.