New Guinea singing dog
New Guinea singing dog

New Guinea singing dog

New Guinea singing dog

The New Guinea singing dog is a rare breed which does not bark. It is also known as the New Guinea dingo, Hallstrom dog, bush dingo, New Guinea wild dog and singer. It is a true wild dog once found throughout New Guinea. New Guinea singing dogs are named for their unique vocalization. Little is known about New Guinea singing dogs in their native habitat.

This is a non-barking dog, but since they are so rare it is not an animal you are likely to find for your apartment. The breed is wild and really only available at a few zoos. The dog does not howl, definitely not barking—it really is kind of singing. Even in New Guinea there aren’t many around anymore, though, since they have been crossed with domestic dogs.

Even if you could buy one of these dogs you probably would not want to. It is difficult to socialize, has a high prey instinct so it would probably kill other little pets around your house, is aggressive with other dogs and would probably not be affectionate, even if you could handle the other issues.

Compared to other species in its genus, the New Guinea singing dog is described as relatively short-legged and broad-headed. These dogs have an average shoulder height of 31–46 centimeters (12–18 in) and weigh 9–14 kilograms (20–31 lb). They do not have rear dewclaws. They can climb trees with thick bark or branches that can be reached from the ground; however their climbing skills do not reach the same level as those of the gray fox.

The eyes, which are highly reflective, are almond-shaped and are angled upwards from the inner to outer corners with dark eye rims. Eye color ranges from dark amber to dark-brown. Their eyes exhibit a bright green glow when lights are shone in at them in low light conditions.

Pups are born with a dark chocolate brown pelt with gold flecks and reddish tinges, which changes to light brown by the age of six weeks. Adult coloration occurs around four months of age. For adult dogs, the colors brown, black and tan have been reported, all with white points.