New Guinea Singing Dog Video

Say howl-o to the this rare, undomesticated canine breed, whose flexible body and distinctive howl are hallmarks of the breed.

By | Posted: November 1, 2013, 8 a.m. EST

As our guide takes us behind the scenes at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, I hear the New Guinea Singing Dogs before laying eyes on them.

The melodious sound is similar to a wolf howl, but it’s something unique that I’ve never heard. An unusual voice is not the only thing that sets this dog apart from any other. From its controversial status — feral dog, domestic dog or wild dog? — to its ancient heritage and elusive nature, everything about the New Guinea Singing Dog makes it one of a kind.

We meet Senior Animal Trainers Alison Holland and Katie Cheng, who bring out two New Guinea Singing Dogs: Piccolo, 3, and Montana, 11, and their arctic wolf companion, Keeli, 10. The small dogs act a little nervous and timid at the sight of new people, but once they see their friend Keeli, they quickly become comfortable in their large exercise pen behind the Wegeforth Bowl, where they appear in the Camp Critters show several times a day for zoo visitors. 



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Tom Wendt   Woodstock, IL

11/15/2013 2:33:30 PM

Molly, I just want you to know that when reporter Cassandra Radcliff interviewed me for her article I mentioned you along with Mac and Gayle. The reporters reply was that she did not want to portray Singers as a domestic dog. Seems she had already made up her mind to lean towards the wild untrainable wild dog theory. That said in reality and considering what you have accomplished with Journey, articles like this make you look like the true dog whisperer and Ceasar Milan should be your shoe shine boy. The video along with the commentary from handlers who most certainly have limited experience with Singers other than the few that are living in an envoronment that accentuates the wild in any canine. I would love to send my 14yr old rescue Spice to these handlers so they could take her home and watch while she curls up beside them on the couch during the evening or to awake in the middle of the night to find her curled up by their pillow. I have it on good authority that the day is approaching when some scientific studies released will support what Dr I Lehr Brisbin (the true savior and father of this "DOG BREED") concluded long ago which is the New Guinea Singing Dog was at one time mans helper but went ferel. This however does not make for a sexy article so us folks that know better have to endure.

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Gayle   Melbourne, Florida

11/14/2013 7:34:15 PM

Please see the 3 posts below and read from the bottom up. My Singer 'Nora' is profiled in the article accompanying this article. I believe Singer owner's experiences should portrayed as well.

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Gayle   Melbourne, Florida

11/14/2013 7:31:25 PM

everyone and my fear would be exploitation due to their rarity and mishandling due to their individual needs. Anyone who is interested in owning a Singer should be pre-screened to make sure it is the right fit for you and the dog. Singers do occasionally come up for adoption, foster or sale and if the right person is matched with that Singer, they make fantastic companions in your home! Any potential Singer owner must do the research and make sure they are up for the challenge but the rewards are endless. They should also be spayed and neutered prior to placement into any private home unless part of a Conservation effort!

I think it is wonderful Dog World is profiling the New Guinea Singing Dog, very little is known of them except in very small circles and they deserve to be spotlighted for the amazing animals they are. I would also like to see them recognized and registered with an AKC or UKC type society so other Singers owners can share their dogs’ information and be able to establish pedigrees. Currently there is no database to track non-ISIS number Singers yet there are others out there including Nora, Journey, my other two and many others. & Journey. One day I hope expeditions prove there are still New Guinea Singing Dogs in the wilds of Papua New Guinea and they can be studied for preservation & conservation, but in the meantime every one of these is a treasure!

My postscript to my original submittal is to add the following”

There is currently a Singer, ‘Journey’ who is being trained and shown in Obedience by his owner Molly Sumner. He has achieved his RLP,RLPX and he is one trial away from his RL1!! He has had 5 FIRST PLACE WINS! That is quite a feat for any dog!! Please check out his videos on Youtube to see the ‘wild animal’ competing.

My Singers are not wild animals trapped in my house and I am disappointed they are portrayed in this way. They are not for everyone but they THRIVE on love, attention and companionship. To think they will only be seen in zoo’s or kept in someone’s private outdoor kennel is extremely sad for any Singer who deserves much more of a life than that. They are not a domestic breed but they are a very social breed!

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Gayle   Melbourne, Florida

11/14/2013 7:30:16 PM

You must have lots of patience and above all kindness towards them, you cannot conform them to be anything other than what they are. They will not guard your house, they will not fetch you a ball (well sometimes) and they will certainly not do tricks for your entertainment but they will develop a strong bond with you and that bond is simply amazing, it is a mutual respect between a Singer and it's owner and is like nothing I have ever felt with any other dog in my lifetime. They need to be kept busy and stimulated to keep them out of trouble like chewing your favorite piece of furniture or doing laps throughout your house. I love to just watch them, it is amazing to watch them work together, interact with each other or figure something out like how to get that leftover food way up high on the counter and yes, they can and will figure it out. They are capable of jumping up to 6' from almost a standing position and are excellent climbers. Singers will lay on top of a table watching everything around them while a normal dog will lay at your feet, they love to ‘perch’ up high if they can and are aware of everything around them at all times. You cannot sneak up on a Singer; they know where you are before you ever find them in the house. You must set boundaries with them and not allow them free rein to do whatever they want, they do know exactly what 'No' means and respond to it but they may sulk for hours and ignore you when you call them. A regular dog forgives in seconds when chastised; a Singer has to think about it for a while. It is with a sense of awe I share my home with Nora, to be 'chosen' by a Singer is an honor and a privilege, they do not choose lightly but once bonded with you they make sweet, caring, affectionate and sometimes slightly goofy companions. I do not ever call her 'my pet', she is my Singer! All 3 of the Singers in our home came to us as puppies, I recommend getting them young rather than as an adult but there are many great stories of older Singer's being placed in the same type of environment with wonderful success! You never truly 'own' a Singer; I suspect it is actually the other way around!

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