New Guinea Singing Dog

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
The oldest of the Pariah Dogs, this breed is extremely primitive and the subject of much debate. Scientists believe they are not truly domesticated animals. Today, wild populations are thought to be extinct, with limited specimens being kept in zoos or by fanciers. New Guinea Singing Dog's are considered rare and difficult to obtain.

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The New Guinea Singing Dog has a fox-like appearance and is noted for their unique vocalization. They are extremely agile and have the ability to climb and jump like a cat. This breed is well-balanced, hardy, graceful, and alert.

Does your New Guinea Singing Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The New Guinea Singing Dog breed is lively and curious but does not typically form close attachments to human pack members. They are not recommended as housepets or companions. They are aloof and have an exceedingly high prey drive. They do not do well in homes with children, dogs, or other household pets.
Daily brushing is required. New Guinea Singing Dog's rarely need bathing as they are naturally clean. Due to the rarity of this breed there are no known health issues.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
A double coat breed, the New Guinea Singing Dog has an outer coat that is straight, short, and crisp to the touch. The under coat is felt-like in texture and very dense.
The intensity of the New Guinea Singing Dog makes training very difficult. Early socialization is recommended and must be done with respect, fairness, consistency, and with full understanding and knowledge of this primitive breed. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new New Guinea Singing Dog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The New Guinea Singing Dog is active and requires an inordinate amount of mental stimulation. They will become destructive if bored. They excel at escape, so yards must be extremely well enclosed both in heighth and depth. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
25 lbs
17 inches
Black and tan with white markings, golden red.



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New Guinea Singing Dog Questions

How do New Guinea Singing Dogs do in cold climates? Example: I live in Colorado at 7650 elevation; summers between 65/80 winter cold.

The New Guinea Singing Dog does not do well in cold climates at all. They are not a cold-weather dog. They are a wild animal and are not considered domesticated or a pet. These dogs need a lot of room to roam, run and exercise. They need a pack and need a place that their singing does not interrupt neighbors. This breed is extremely rare and is considered one of the rarest, if not the rarest breed in the world. Getting one will be very difficult as the fanciers of this breed do not sell puppies lightly and most, if not all will not sell to more northern area's since the breed does not do well in cold weather.

What is a New Guinea Singing Dog dog worth?

It is hard to say that about any dog really since part of it is what would someone pay, or how badly do they want the dog. Even in the same breed, some may be more valuable than others based on their bloodlines, especially ones from a good breeder who have had a history of good health and temperament and clean health testing results.

They are the one of the rarest dogs in the world and probably the most rare. They are wild animals and are not very good house dogs. And since there are only about 90-100 in captivity that would mean they could cost up to 2,000-5,000 dollars. Another thing about them is they live to be 15-20 so you might not want one of these dogs.

Do New Guinea Singing Dogs actually sing?

Singers make a wide variety of vocalizations, but the "singing" is just howling. They do that a lot! They can do all the other typical vocalizations heard in any dog breed, including growls, barks, yips and so on.

How many puppies do New Guinea Singing Dogs have in a litter? How come they are rare?

Singers have medium sized litters for the most part. New Guinea Singing Dogs actually don't make very good pets, since they are a very primitive type dog. They are extremely intelligent and are hard to contain (meaning they are excellent escape artists.) Anyone considering keeping one as a pet really needs to know what they are getting into, have adequate fencing (usually a tall fence with a top as they can climb out of almost anything), and want a dog that is not usually very biddable. By that I mean they have a mind of their own and don't really care if they obey commands. They are interesting dogs for those who appreciate a challenge and have the experience to raise them well.

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