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New Guinea Singing Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about New Guinea Singing Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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New Guinea Singing Dog
OriginIndonesia
Other Names
What other names does the New Guinea Singing Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
New Guinea Highland Dog, Singer, NGSD, New Guinea Wild Dog, Hallstrom Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is New Guinea Singing Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is New Guinea Singing Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the New Guinea Singing Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? New Guinea Singing Dog price:
$400-$800
If you choose to purchase the New Guinea Singing Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a New Guinea Singing Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the New Guinea Singing Dog gets to a happy place.

New Guinea Singing Dog History

The New Guinea singing dog or New Guinea Highland dog as it can be concluded from the name has a reputation for its unique vocalization. This is an extremely rare and unique breed, it was even thought to be extinct. There is a lot of question surrounding its exact origins, and taxonomic history.

Although they look very much alike some domesticated breeds such as the Akita and Shiba Inu (they presumably share the same ancestors), have adapted to the conditions of the thick vegetation and steep mountainsides. These dogs are very good hunters and tree climbers and they also have quite a large carnassial tooth which is common for wild canine species just like wolves.  Then, their eyes seem to be more reflective of light than domestic dogs', shining bright green in low light and interestingly they tend to regularly groom themselves,  like a cat. They have a dense, rough coat, which is usually reddish-brown or black with white markings on them. They have wide cheekbones, a narrow muzzle, and petal-shaped ears.

Their closest relatives are thought to be the Australian dingo, but a lot of question surrounds, exactly which of them came first, due to the newest scientific records, which proved that the Singing dogs’ fossil records date back at least 6,000 years. At that time there was a land bridge connecting Australia and New Guinea so the Australian dingo could very well have originated from the New Guinea singing dog and then adapted to hunting larger prey in Australia’s wide-open spaces. But the other way around is also possible,  that the singing dogs originate from Australia and adapted to hunt in thick vegetation on the steep mountainsides of New Guinea. Furthermore, there is also a great chance, that they have totally separate descendants, which are now extinct.

Singing dogs has firstly been recognized in the 1950s as a wild dog species, although since then they have also been reclassified as domestic and feral dogs.  After their debut in the modern scientific community, a pair of them were transported to the Taronga Zoo in Australia in 1957. The scientific name Canis hallstromi was given to them in honor of Sir Edward Hallstrom, the Taronga Zoo's president at the time. They were reclassified as feral dogs in 1969, and they were classed as a subspecies of the Australian dingo Canis lupus familiaris dingo. They were recently reclassified and are now known as Canis hallstromi.

From the 1970s to the  2010s they were thought to be extinct and that the only alive representatives of the breed are the approximately 250 one, which loves in the captive environments in zoos or sanctuaries, but in an expedition in 2016 a pair of them were recognized and in 2018 it has been scientifically proven due to cooperation with captive representatives of the breed that they are still present in the wildlife of New Guinea.

New Guinea Singing Dog General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? New Guinea Singing Dog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the New Guinea Singing Dog weigh? New Guinea Singing Dog weight:
18-30 pounds (8-14 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the New Guinea Singing Dog? New Guinea Singing Dog average weight:
24 pounds (11 kg)
Height
How tall is the New Guinea Singing Dog? New Guinea Singing Dog height:
14-15 inches (35-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? New Guinea Singing Dog average height:
14.5 inches (36.5 cm)

New Guinea Singing Dog Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the New Guinea Singing Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffySoftDoubleThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper New Guinea Singing Dog's coat?
BlackSableTanRed
Grooming
How to groom the New Guinea Singing Dog and how often?
Easy to groom: The New Guinea Singing Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. New Guinea Singing Dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the New Guinea Highland Dog? New Guinea Singing Dog shedding level:
New Guinea Singing Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

New Guinea Singing Dog Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the New Guinea Singing Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveAlertLivelyAffectionateGentle
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the New Guinea Singing Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: New Guinea Singing Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are New Guinea Singing Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The New Guinea Singing Dog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? New Guinea Singing Dog sensitivity:
New Guinea Singing Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the New Guinea Highland Dog need? New Guinea Singing Dog social needs:
New Guinea Singing Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Singer bark?
Nagyon sokat: New Guinea Singing Dog kimondottan hangos fajta. Gyakran élvezik az ugatást és a hangos vonyítást. Ha csendes kutyát szeretnél, nem a legjobb választás. Az ugatás legfontosabb kiváltó okai: félelem, figyelemfelkeltés, riasztás, unalom, üdvözlés, szeparációs szorongás, kényszeres ugatás és védekezés.
Watchdog Ability
Is New Guinea Singing Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the New Guinea Singing Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the New Guinea Singing Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the New Guinea Singing Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do New Guinea Singing Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the New Guinea Highland Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a New Guinea Singing Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The New Guinea Singing Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the New Guinea Singing Dog do?
New Guinea Singing Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but New Guinea Singing Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the New Guinea Singing Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does New Guinea Singing Dog roam?
Wanderlust potential of the New Guinea Singing Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does New Guinea Singing Dog have high prey drive?
New Guinea Singing Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that New Guinea Singing Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is New Guinea Singing Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem lakásbarát kutya New Guinea Singing Dog. Ha nincs kerted, akkor jól gondold át a döntésedet, sok gondot okozhat New Guinea Singing Dog tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
New Guinea Singing Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where New Guinea Singing Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

New Guinea Singing Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? New Guinea Singing Dog temperament with other people:
New Guinea Singing Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are New Guinea Singing Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? New Guinea Singing Dog temperament with children:
New Guinea Singing Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is New Guinea Singing Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the New Guinea Singing Dog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are New Guinea Singing Dogs good office dogs? Do New Guinea Singing Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dogs be office dogs?
No
New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the New Guinea Highland Dog temperament with senior people? Are New Guinea Singing Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are New Guinea Singing Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
New Guinea Singing Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is New Guinea Singing Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
New Guinea Singing Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a New Guinea Singing Dog be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
New Guinea Singing Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can New Guinea Singing Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

New Guinea Singing Dog Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The New Guinea Singing Dog rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a New Guinea Singing Dog be?
16-19 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the New Guinea Singing Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
New Guinea Singing Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the New Guinea Singing Dog have? What is the activity level of the New Guinea Singing Dog?
New Guinea Singing Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do New Guinea Singing Dog dogs require per day?
New Guinea Singing Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
New Guinea Singing Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the New Guinea Singing Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? New Guinea Singing Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The New Guinea Singing Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the New Guinea Singing Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The New Guinea Singing Dog has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the New Guinea Singing Dog drool?
The New Guinea Singing Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the New Guinea Singing Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the New Guinea Singing Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

New Guinea Singing Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female New Guinea Singing Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the New Guinea Singing Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the New Guinea Singing Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-6 puppies

New Guinea Singing Dog Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: New Guinea Singing Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: New Guinea Singing Dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The New Guinea Singing Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The New Guinea Singing Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The New Guinea Singing Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: New Guinea Singing Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: New Guinea Singing Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: New Guinea Singing Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: New Guinea Singing Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem lakásbarát kutya New Guinea Singing Dog.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the New Guinea Singing Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: New Guinea Singing Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: New Guinea Singing Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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