The breed was granted its name from its distinct howl, which consist of number of wavy tons and sounds that harmonize into gentle portamento. The peculiarity of this voice is quite unique and distinguishable and no other dog has such a melodic sounding.
The western explorers of the XVIII century detected and depicted the New Guinea Singing Dogs in the numerous lowland settlements of New Guinea. In some places they were kept as companion dogs while in others they were considered as vermin and were exterminated. Living pretty isolated the dog remained unchanged for hundreds of years. However, by the XIX century the quality of the breed fell significantly because of random crossing with imported western dogs.
In the 50s of the XX century the dog’s experts managed to locate and caught a pair of purebred New Guinea Singing Dogs in the secluded Lavanni valley in the southern highlands of Australia. These dogs were brought to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia. In the 70s of the XX century the breeders got lucky again and found other two dogs in Irian Jaya’s Eipomak valley, part of Indonesia. Almost all specimens in Europe and North America came from these pairs.
Nowadays the population of the New Guinea Singing Dog is scarce in its homeland, but numbers of dogs are kept in zoos all over the world. Few fans of the breed use it as a family pet. The breed has recognition of the United Kennel Club (UKC) and that fact makes it eligible to participate in various competitions.
The New Guinea Singing Dog is naturally wary of strangers and will act standoffish in their presence. The dog has keen 5 senses and it’s very alert which makes it an excellent watchdog. At the same time it lacks the indispensable fierceness to become good guard.
This breed has serious issues with other canines because it’s not a pack animal. When the New Guinea Singing Dog is fully matured it tends to consider ever other dog of the same sex as competitor for its territory. Small breeds can be perceived by it as prey objects rather than full-fledged canine animals. In this respect the breed requires a great deal of socialisation from the early age so its behaviour will be more or less acceptable in the future.
The dog poses a great danger for pet birds and other small home creatures and it’s hardly possible to keep the New Guinea Singing Dog alongside with them. All street cats will be viewed by it as a prey so make sure to use a leash at all times. If a home cat has lived with the dog since puppyhood it will become the member of the family in the dog’s mind rather than a prey.
• patellar luxation;
• eye problems;
• ingrown nails;
• gastric torsion.
The dog does have specific odour that seems to be even stronger because of its wild origin. However the master should avoid bathing it too frequently and resorting to it only when the scent is too intense or the dog is extremely dirty.
If the dog smells or sees something that looks like a prey, nothing will be able to turn its focus back to training practise. It can easily figure out how to manipulate the master’s behaviour and elude the learning.
The breed quickly loses patience with repetitive and dull exercises so make sure to make your training sessions as fun as possible. The New Guinea Singing Dog needs confident and experienced handler, who will use plenty of verbal and food encouragements to get optimal results.
The dog is certainly not hyper active and will be contented with a sleep on the coach most part of the day. The New Guinea Singing Dog is infamous escape artist so the safely enclosed area is a must when you want to let it off-leash.