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New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog Characteristics: The alert and devoted New Guinea Singing Dog is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Hound Dog Group (Rare Breed - Pariah or Primitive dogs).

The New Guinea Singing Dog, is characterized by its wild, fox-like appearance with a wedge-shaped head, muscular body. It is not recommended as a pet as the breed is closely related to wild dogs. Its distinctive vocal ability to vary the pitch of its howl gives rise to the name "Singing Dog".

Other characteristics include  medium sized, triangular shaped, slanting eyes; small, erect ears; a foxy, brush tail.

The temperament of the New Guinea Singing Dog can be described as independent, alert resilient and suspicious. The coat type of the New Guinea Singing Dog is described as medium length coat in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics  the New Guinea Singing Dog is considered to be a wild dog and is known as the "World's Rarest Dog". The origin of the New Guinea Singing Dog breed was in Papua New Guinea where it emerged in ancient times.

New Guinea Singing Dog Breed Group and Dog Type - Hound Dog Group (Rare Breed): The New Guinea Singing Dog is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Hound Dogs Group (Rare Breed - Pariah or Primitive).

Other names for the New Guinea Singing Dog: The New Guinea Singing Dog is known by the nickname of the "World's Rarest Dog". Other names for this breed include the NGSD, New Guinea Highland Dogs and the Singer.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "New Guinea Singing Dog" derives from it place of origin in New Guinea, a large island in the South West Pacific region, north of Australia. "Singing" relates to its distinctive vocal ability to vary the pitch of its baying howl.

New Guinea Singing Dog - Wild Sighthound: The New Guinea Singing Dog is a Wild Sighthound, its quarry is small game and birds, including Birds of Paradise and parrots native to New Guinea.

New Guinea Singing Dog History and Origin: The New Guinea Singing Dog breed was found in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, dates back to antiquity between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago and is genetically very close to the Australian dingo. The New Guinea Singing Dog lives feral or in semi-domesticated existence and is not recommended as a pet. The New Guinea Singing Dog are descended from the same prehistoric dog ancestor as domesticated dogs, the gray wolf. It is a rare breed, described as a Pariah or Primitive dog.

New Guinea Singing Dogs History: The New Guinea Singing Dogs were brought to the attention of the world in 1957 when Mr. Ellis Troughton, who was the Curator of Mammals for the Australian Museum, visited New Guinea to collect native mammals that lived on the island. Among the animals he found were a pair of New Guinea Singing Dogs.

Mr. Troughton believed the New Guinea Singing Dogs were a distinct species and sent the dogs to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Troughton named the breed 'Canis hallstromi' after Sir Edward Hallstrom. (Sir Edward Hallstrom (1886 1970) was a famous Australian philanthropist who had directed much of his fortune to the Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia).

In the 1970's another pair of New Guinea Singing Dogs were captured in  the Eipomak Valley part of Indonesia.

The dogs bred in captivity and specimens of New Guinea Singing Dogs were sent to zoos across Europe and America. The first New Guinea Singing Dog to reach the United States was in 1958 when a female was sent to the San Diego Zoo. In 1969 the New Guinea Singing Dog was reclassified as a subspecies of the dingo group, Canis familiaris dingo or Canis lupus dingo. New Guinea Singing Dogs are considered to be the world's rarest dogs and are rarely kept as pets.

New Guinea Singing Dog Height: The New Guinea Singing Dogs breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 36-46 cm. The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 33-43 cm.

New Guinea Singing Dog Weight: The weight of the medium sized male is 7.7-13.6 kg. The weight of the smaller female is 7.7-13.6 kg.

New Guinea Singing Dog Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium length coat.

New Guinea Singing Dog Coat Colors: The colors of this breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Brown, Red and Black & Tan. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.

New Guinea Singing Dog Litter Size: The litter size of this primitive  breed ranges from 1 to 6 puppies.

New Guinea Singing Dog Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the New Guinea Singing Dog breed is described as Alert, Lively, independent, resilient and suspicious.

New Guinea Singing Dog Health Problems: Potential health problems of the New Guinea Singing Dog breed have shown no recurring problems.

New Guinea Singing Dog Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the New Guinea Singing Dog breed is 12 - 16 years.

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