At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 18 - 22 lbs.

Height: 14" - 15"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

New Guinea Singing Dog

Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound

Origin: New Guinea (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The New Guinea Singing Dog in its purest form is now nearly extinct due to in-breeding with other dogs brought to New Guinea beginning in the 1500s. In the 1950s a pair of dogs were captured and sent to a zoo in Sydney, Australia, where they produced several litters. In 1970, a second pair was captured in Indonesia. All of the pure New Guinea Singing Dogs today are descendants of these two couples.

Temperament / Behavior
This is a primitive breed that is used to scavenging for food and living alone in the wilderness. Can be trained to be affectionate and gentle with humans if socialized from an early age. This breed is named a "Singing Dog" because of its unique ability to fluctuate the tone of its voice, resulting in a "singing" sound.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The New Guinea Singing Dog requires vigorous exercise daily, such as long walks or runs in a fenced yard.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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