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New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog
New Guinea Singing Dog
New Guinea Singing Dog
New Guinea Singing Dog
New Guinea Singing Dog
New Guinea Singing Dog puppy
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New Guinea Singing Dogs
    height of a new guinea singing dog
group: primitive / pariah height: 14-18" / 35.56-45.72 cm
types: weight: 20-30 lbs /
9.07-13.61 kg
colors: golden red or black and tan with white markings on the underside of chin, feet and tail tip. some may also have white on face, chest and neck. born chocolate brown and lightens to red or sandy color
physical traits: small to medium, prick eared, curled tail, fox-like, agile, graceful. joints and spine are extremely flexible. carnassial tooth (second lower molar) 10% larger than domestic dogs. powerful climbers. climbs and jumps like a cat. eyes more reflective than domestic dogs and glow a bright green in low light. larynx anatomically different from domestic dogs allowing for complex melodious vocalizations akin to a yodeling wolf howl with whale song colorings. acute sense of hearing, sight and scent. like the Australian Dingo go into heat once a year, usually in late summer or fall, unlike domestic dogs who have two heats a year
hair type: short, straight, medium texture, crisp to the touch with very dense felt-like undercoat in cold season. blow their coats twice a year
active, lively, alert, inquisitive, curious, gentle, affectionate with early socialization, develops attachments with their human pack members and become distressed if separated but do not have emotional dependence of domestic dogs, very strong prey drive, can be aloof
with strangers
special needs:

not recommended as housepets as the combination of prey drive, high intelligence and flexible body makes it difficult to keep them from adventuring off. escape artists that are very fast making it almost impossible to recapture them. intense hunting drive makes very difficult to train. not good with other dogs unless socialized early. requires high level of mental stimulation or may become destructive if bored. comb or brush daily. do not have doggy odor, rarely need bathing
nicknames: Canis Hallstromi, Singers
origination: Island of Papua, New Guinea, possibly since the Stone Age. discovered in 1957 where two were captured and put into a zoo. considered a feral wild sub-species of domestic dog along with Australian Dingo
bred for:  
identifying traits:  
ideal for: hunting, (for their own interest), in very steep, thickly vegetated terrain
good with kids? not recommended as housepets
life expectancy: 16-20 yrs  
of interest:

when one begins to 'sing' others will sing along with their own unique and different pitch. have been kept as zoo animals. considered a 'living fossil' due to its at least 6,000 year existence in isolation.

health concerns:  
world authority and rescue: New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society
(including audio and video footage of this nearly extinct dog)
New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog
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