READ ABOUT A NEW ANIMAL: ENDANGERED SPECIES EDITION
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.