New Guinea Singing Dog

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:New Guinea
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Sighthound
Life Span:12 to 20 years
Color:Red, sable or black and tan with modest white trim
Coat:Short, dense, and plush
Grooming:Brush weekly. Groom as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:14 to 18 inches; 17 to 30 pounds.

The New Guinea Singing Dog, a very rare breed, is a native to the central highlands of the island of New Guinea. This breed shares many traits with the Australian Dingo. The NGSD is small, weighing about 20 to 30 pounds. Males ideally are 14 to 17 inches at the shoulder (bitches slightly smaller). This breed has a foxlike appearance, with an elongated muzzle, very small, erect ears, and dark triangular eyes. The coat is a moderately thick, double coat. The tail is usually carried up in a sickle curve, is fairly bushy and always has a white tip. The most common colors are red-fawn and deep red, sometimes with white markings on the head, chest, tail, neck and feet. The body is elongated and very supple, giving a lean look. They are extremely agile and fast with intense hunting drive. Inclined to be a bit shy, Singing Dogs are very gentle and friendly with people they know. The name Singing Dog is derived from their peculiar howl, which can be best described as a cross between a wolf howl and the sound made by a humpbacked whale. They can harmonize quite nicely. Their abilities include yodels and barking.

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