New Guinea Singing Dog
The New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD, New Guinea Highland
Dog, or Singer) is a relative of the Australian
Dingo that is native
to New Guinea.
Discovered by Sir Edward Halistrom in 1957, NGSDs have remained isolated
for almost 6000 years, making them possibly the oldest of the
They are unique in their ability to howl in a
wolf-like manner, but
unlike wolves, Singers modulate the pitch, hence the name. NGSDs have a
fox-like appearance, with
a double coat
that ranges in color from red to brown, and have a characteristically
They stand between 14 and 18
inches (36 to 46 cm) at
the withers, and
weigh 17 to 30
(8 to 14 kg)as
Once thought to inhabit the entire island of New Guinea, today populations
remain only in remote mountainous areas. They are an exceptionally clever breed
of dog, but are hard to keep because of wild behavioural traits. There is some
debate as to whether NGSDs are truly
domesticated animals, though with proper training, the pack-instinct of the
NGSD usually makes it possible to keep the animal. They are a recognized breed
organizations as the
Kennel Club, which classifies them as a pariah dog.
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