new guinea singing dog


holy cats, i am going to tell you right now: new  guinea singing dogs are really effin coo,  and here are a bunch of reasons why.

first off, they are evolutionarily divergent from domestic dog, which means they are an entirely separate species.  they arrived in new guinea at least least 5,500 years ago and are only found in new guinea (of course) although some postulate that they may have come from the same breeding pair as dingoes.

singing dogs have catlike athletic abilities.  their heads are the widest part of their body, which means they can squeeze through tight spaces.  they can climb trees and have highly reflective eyes, much more so than domestic dogs.  they also groom their coats much like cats do.

singers are shy and do not engage in many pack-behaviours that are common among other canid species. they live in small groups or solo. next to nothing is known about their natural behaviours, though, as they have been rarely studied in the wild.

there was a bunch of gross stuff on wikipedia about all these weird things they do when they are having sex, like abdomen contractions or whatever, but i’m not going to tell you about it and if you want to read it you know where to find it.

maybe they would not be endangered if they were better housepets, because they’d be going through some kind of cheesy suburban revival like bernese mountain dogs in which former golden retriever owners realise that golden retrievers are the jennifer aniston* of dogs and look for something more “edgy”.

OH YEAH ALSO they are really adorable.


6 thoughts on “new guinea singing dog

  1. Yes they are 🙂 I’m not that much into dogs, I still feel much closer to cats, but you really got my attention. It is a shame there are still endangered species on this earth… but I guess there’s no way back from where we are going… sadly.

    1. i am definitely a cat person, but i really love dogs too…these dogs are really interesting and special! i don’t believe they are endangered because of human interaction, necessarily–it seems to be more because they are very shy and reclusive, but crossbreeding with regular dogs dilutes their genetic strain. but you’re absolutely right. there’s no way back from where we are going.

  2. I have one of these dogs. I adopted him from a shelter. They told me they thought he was some kind German Shepherd mix – but his mother did not look like a German Shepherd, she looked like this. I’m 100% convinced he is a New Guinea Singing Dog. He is a year old now, and while most of the time he is pretty good, he has certain behaviours that make us believe he is not fully domesticated. We actually thought he was a coyote-cross because of his howling, digging, and what an amazing hunter he is. He is as good at catching mice as the cat is. They say they don’t play well with other animals, but he seems to always want to play with other dogs – though we socialized him since the day we got him at 9 weeks old, and he plays with our cat though I don’t trust him enough to leave both of them out alone. One minute he seems to want to play with her, but other times he seems like he wants to eat the poor thing. He hates dog kibble, but will eat it if we encourage him to do so. He does extremely well with encouragement, as he is often weary and skittish of strangers. He is very energetic, jumps up and down like a kangaroo all the time, and is extremely “on guard”. By that I mean, he sees and hears EVERYTHING. He could be laying there sleeping and hear a car door shut two houses down, and immediately he is up, looking out the window, and if anyone is on the property his entire fur stands up and he barks at them ferociously. That being said, if someone he doesn’t recognize comes in to the house, he is skittish and has to really sniff them out before they can even touch him. He is also incredibly affectionate and as energetic and hyper as he is, if you lay down and cuddle him, he will hug and kiss you until you make him go away. Oh yes, and he KISSES nonstop. Licks, licks, licks. He was very easy to train. We call his pen his “house”, which is downstairs. He follows me around everywhere I go and when he annoys me I tell him to “go downstairs”. He will go to the bottom of the stairs. I tell him “go to your house.” He will get in his pen and he will not get out until I call him. If you tell him to “get your toy”, he will run off and come back with something. Usually his toy, but he eats through all of his toys rather quickly, so sometimes he doesn’t have any and will come back with whatever he thinks he won’t get in trouble for like an old sock or stuffed animal. He is excellent at all the basic commands too, like lay down, shake a paw, sit, come, stay, go away. He doesn’t howl on command, in fact, I didn’t even know he howled until our neighbors told us that they could hear him howling whenever we left him alone in the house. I didn’t believe them, as we had never heard him howl before, so I tested him. I pretended to leave the house and then went in through the garage. Sure enough, moments after leaving the house he began the howling and he did not stop until I went back around and was on the porch ready to go back inside. He is horrible at walking on a leash — he wants to run. He is pretty good at staying in eye sight and is amazing at coming when he is called if he has gone too far (though that took forever to teach him), but if you take him somewhere unfamiliar and you aren’t paying attention, he will take off. He knows when you are not paying attention. He is a very smart dog but can be a bit of a rebel — he gives off the impression that he is his own boss and it is important to always be trying to prove a point to him that I am the alpha and not the other way around. He deliberately does things to piss you off if he is mad at you. He is fully house trained and was fully house trained rather quickly, but there have been several times after trimming his nails or giving him a bath that he will get up and take a pee on the floor while looking right at you as if to say “TAKE THAT!” He requires a ton of attention but he is a really great dog.

    1. this was a really fascinating read, thank you for sharing so much about your dog! He sounds really high-maintenance, but also so intelligent and a lot of fun. you’re really lucky to have gotten him from a shelter–it seems that these dogs are really hard find as pets.

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