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.

52 – Why Are You A Chinook?

The Chinook, not to be confused with the helicopter, or the Native American Tribe, is a dog developed for sledding. I say developed, because this dog has a very straight forward lineage. Arthur Walden, basically had a dog he considered so fantastic, that he wanted to make it into a dog breed. It’s easy to see that he really did like this dog, as he took it all over the world, from the north to the south pole. It had very dominant traits that it was able to develop into a full breed, which has only been recently accepted into the AKC and UKC.

One of the interesting things about the breed standard, is that there is no standard for their ears. The ears can be straight, floppy, or propellor shaped. One of the more bizarre features this breed has is a

medical condition where male dogs can be born without testes. This, as well as tight constraints on breeding during it’s early days has contributed to this dog being one of the rarest dogs on earth. It had actually been entered into Guinness book of world records three times for it’s scarcity.

We get a letter from Producer Mike explaining the difference in helicopter types, and that Kyle had said the wrong type previous episode. We say a few more things about helicopters. Even in this description you can see some mention of helicopters that aren’t explicitly stating it. May as well use helicopter as the SEO word for this episode, since we mention it more than Chinook.

Song is “Go Home” by Chinook

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

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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