Pokémon Science: Cool Cats and Delightful Dogs

This class covers 20+ cat and dog breeds that inspired some of our favorite Pokemon from the famous anime series.

Which Pokémon were inspired by real-life pet cats and dogs? We’ll learn about a ton of different cats and dogs in this four part class. For each Pokémon, we’ll learn a little about the specific cat or dog breed they were based on, their similarities, and some other fun facts (such as the science behind breeding, or a bit of the mythical inspiration behind them, too!). We will also explore other related topics, such as world record pets, how dogs became man’s best friend, and which breed might be ideal for your lifestyle. Students will watch four short recorded lectures (each 10 to 14 minutes long) and have access to some extension activities that will deepen their understanding of the topic, facilitate discussion with the teacher on the class page, and allow learners to demonstrate their understanding. Students can also participate in the creation of a Pokemon that is based on a cat or dog breed (a breed that has not yet inspired a Pokemon).

What you’ll learn

  • Which Pokémon were inspired by real-life pets?.
  • What cat breeds are featured as Pokemon?.
  • What dog breeds inspired the creation of Pokemon?.
  • Are there other cat and dog breeds that would make great Pokemon?.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Cats –> 2 lectures • 24min.
  • Dogs –> 2 lectures • 23min.

Pokémon Science: Cool Cats and Delightful Dogs

Requirements

  • None.

Which Pokémon were inspired by real-life pet cats and dogs? We’ll learn about a ton of different cats and dogs in this four part class. For each Pokémon, we’ll learn a little about the specific cat or dog breed they were based on, their similarities, and some other fun facts (such as the science behind breeding, or a bit of the mythical inspiration behind them, too!). We will also explore other related topics, such as world record pets, how dogs became man’s best friend, and which breed might be ideal for your lifestyle. Students will watch four short recorded lectures (each 10 to 14 minutes long) and have access to some extension activities that will deepen their understanding of the topic, facilitate discussion with the teacher on the class page, and allow learners to demonstrate their understanding. Students can also participate in the creation of a Pokemon that is based on a cat or dog breed (a breed that has not yet inspired a Pokemon).

 

Part 1 (14 minute recording)

  • Siamese cats
  • Maneki-neko (mythology)
  • “Clipnosis”
  • Persians
  • Feral cats
  • Mixed breed cats
  • British Blue Shorthair
  • Nekomata (mythology)
  • Scottish Fold (and how it is bred)

 

Part 2 (10 minute recording)

  • World record cats (longest tail and fattest)
  • Main Coon
  • Striped tabby
  • Toyger
  • Tuxedo cat
  • Bengal cat

 

Part 3 (12 minute recording)

  • Scottish Terrier
  • Dog evolution
  • Bulldogs
  • Dobermans
  • Hellhounds (mythology)
  • Poodles
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Marking territory

 

Part 4 (11 minute recording)

  • Brindle coats
  • Shisa dogs (mythology)
  • Welsh Corgis
  • English Foxhound
  • Fastest dogs in the world
  • German Spitz