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New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog is an alert and inquisitive rare breed of dogs. The breed is known as Singing Dog because of the dog’s complex vocal behavior and ability to howl at varying pitches. In fact, Opera singers have shown interest in the breed because of its distinctive single-note howls.

These small to medium sized sighthounds originated in New Guinea and are believed to be associated with primitive dogs that were domesticated from Asian Wolves nearly 10,000 to 15,000 years back. As these dogs are closely related to wild dogs and hence not recommended for most families.

The breed, also known as New Guinea Highland Dog, New Guinea Wild Dog, New Guinea Dingo, Canis Lupus Dingo or simply Singer was on the verge of extinction in 1970s but was revived by enthusiasts as they meticulously collected samples of purebred dogs. These dogs are still rare and difficult to acquire.

Physical Appearance

These strong and sturdy dogs with fox-like appearance are quite similar to Dingo dogs. They are agile and graceful. Head is wedge shaped and chest is deep. The almond shaped eyes are obliquely set and dark amber to dark brown in color.

The eyes are highly reflective and glow bright green when bright lights are flashed at them in low light conditions. They have erect ears and bushy tail. The medium length tail is carried erect and curved up over the back. It is held straight back when the dog moderately anxious.

Color: These dogs are mostly available in red color with or without white markings. They also come in black and tan color.
Height: The average height of New Guinea Singing Dog breed is 14 to 15 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight for both male as well as female New Guinea Singing Dogs ranges between 18 to 30 pounds.

Health Problems

These dogs are quite healthy and have not been found to be susceptible to genetic health concerns.
Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of these dogs is 15 to 20 years.

Grooming Requirements

The weather resistant double hair coat of a New Guinea Singing Dog consisting of soft, dense undercoat and short, straight outer coat is easy to maintain. The plush hair coat needs to be brushed and combed occasionally.

Other New Guinea Singing Dog grooming responsibilities are regularly trimming toenails, checking and cleaning eyes and ears, brushing teeth etc. The dog is relatively clean and free of doggy odor and needs to be bathed only when necessary.


New Guinea Singing Dog temperament is loyal, lively, curious, affectionate, outgoing, intelligent but overly independent. Hence, these dogs need to be trained and socialized carefully right from puppyhood so as to avoid destructive behaviors. They tend to get bored of repetitive exercises quite easily. So, the task of training can be challenging.

They are not considered suitable for homes with small children and other household pets as they can have a strong prey drive. Moreover, they can be aggressive with other dogs, especially with the ones belonging to the same gender.

They are likely to be aloof of strangers but are gentle and loving towards their owners. As the dog has not been in the wild, information regarding their behavior and social organization under free ranging conditions can only be speculated about but it is not known for sure.

Key Points

These lively and active dogs require plenty of exercise on a regular basis. Lack of adequate physical and mental stimulation can give rise to problem behaviors like digging, chewing, whining etc. Thus, the ritual of daily walks or jogs should not be neglected at all.

In addition, they should be allowed to run and play in average to large-sized yards. Fencing of yards is particularly important because these dogs are good at escaping. Besides, these dogs do well in cooler climates.

They are not considered suitable for sedentary apartment situation. These dogs are best matched with confident and experienced dog owners and not suggested for most people desiring to keep them as average indoor house pets. Also, when getting a New Guinea Singing Dog, keep in mind that the dog may be difficult to housebreak.