Host Bud Boccone tells the tales of breeds, dogs, and dog-loving humans who’ve shaped America (and Americans) over generations. Tapping 135+ years of historical records, archival footage, oral histories, interviews, and more, Down and Back brings the stories of the sport of dogs to life as only AKC can.
What’s in a Name? The Eponymous Individuals Who Bred Canine Companions
In this podcast episode, we recall the stories of the individuals who brought about great dog breeds and how famous breeds came to be named for individuals.
War Dogs: The History of Hounds in Hostile Territory
In this podcast episode, we tour the story of canine warriors and how after thousands of years they are only now starting to get the respect and attention they deserve.
Stately Canine Sidekicks of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In this podcast episode, we tour a couple of centuries of presidential dogs, the canine confidants of our Commanders-in-Chief.
Working-Class Dog Heroes & Upper-Class Canine Companions
In this podcast episode, we uncover the backstories of how magnificent working-class dogs and their pampered brethren helped shape the story of humans.
Saved From Extinction: Endangered Dog Breeds Brought Back From the Brink
In this podcast episode, we will be exploring the ebb and flow of different dog breeds throughout history and what some extraordinary people have done (and are currently doing) to bring breeds back from the brink.
Hollywood Hounds: Transforming American Dog Culture Through Films
This podcast episode we’ll be looking at some of the biggest canine stars in showbiz and their lasting cultural impact in Hollywood and throughout our culture.
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Fabulous and Fun!
If you like dogs, you love doing things with them and have even the slightest bit of interest in the “how, why and when” behind them, these podcasts are for you. An engaging host, Bud Boccone and the AKC staff weave together humorous, entertaining and informative stories about the purpose, history and development of purebred dogs and dog events. Buccone’s storytelling is enhanced with vintage sound bytes from people and events that you “kinda, sorta, vaguely remember, maybe” have heard of, but could never really put into context or completely understand their importance to the dogs and sports that we know and love today. You come away from each episode with a greater understanding of not only the titled subject, but of other enticing bits of useful dog information, too (really, the different poodle haircuts in a story about Obedience?! It’s great!) A highly recommended listen!