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.

44 – Why Are You a Peruvian Inca Orchid?

It finally happened. Someone requested a dog that they googled by searching “least known dog”. The results spit back Peruvian Inca Orchid, or the Peruvian Hairless dog. The question I think we’re all wondering is, “Why is it called Peruvian Inca Orchid?” Well, apparently this is still a great mystery even today. The dogs seem to be older than the Incan empire, and they don’t really resemble flowers all that much.

What we do know, is that the dog is really similar to the xoloitzcuintli. They both are hairless, and seem to have problems with teeth. Interestingly, these dogs also have a variety called “long coat”, which just means they have hair. Instead of different color fur, their skin color has some variations, including white. Oh yeah, since they have no fur, they also get cool things like pimples and sunburns.

In this episode, we talk a lot about the Sandlot, and Kyle tells Caitlyn about a pretty good burn. I made it the cold open, but we just interrupted the show near the end with the talk. So we randomly talk about Sandlot again seemingly out of nowhere. So if you actually read this write-up you’ll understand why! Actually, I’m curious if anyone reads this. Send a message in saying, “Say hello to your mother for me” or something that let’s only us know.

Song is “Inca Orchid” by Mezzoa

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.

21 – Why Are You a Xoloitzcuintli?

This week, we discuss a dog both of us can barely pronounce! Seriously, what is a Xoloitzcuintli?! After this week was nearly cancelled because Caitlyn has a sinus infection (sorry for the stuffy nose voice in advance), the episode takes a turn for the interesting with Aztec sacrifices, Chupacabras, and an expedition. There’s also an appearance by Christopher Columbus, and Caitlyn gives a tutorial on how to be a real life treasure hunter.

This weeks question of the week: what did you want to be when you grew u that as an adult you realized was never going to be possible for you? Or you know, what did you want to be, and actually ended up being? Send us your answers at whyareyouadog@gmail.com or use the contact form here.

Outro song is Yolo Xolo by Bizaardvark.

13 – Why Are You an Australian Shepherd?

Happy Thanksgiving! This week on the podcast Caitlyn and Kyle take you on a journey in their longest episode yet. A journey that includes an arguments about the opening about the show, a misnamed dog, a lot of topography, and some unnecessary information about crofts. Be sure to listen to the very end of the episode for some bonus content that didn’t quite make it into the greater context of the show!

This week’s outro song is The Aussie’s Cowboy Song (Australian Shepherd) by Nancy Simmonds on her album Musical Tails, 2nd Litter.

6 – Why Are You a Dachshund?

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.

5 – Why Are You a Schnauzer?

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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