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Origin / History The New Guinea Singing Dog originated in the Island of New Guinea, where it dwelled with the natives in the mountains and lowlands. These dogs were treated differently in various parts of New Guinea. In some places, these dogs were treated as pets, but in some, they were abused. By the turn of the 20th century, these dogs have become nearly extinct because of interbreeding with imported dogs.

During the 1950s, two pure dogs were acquired from the Lavanni Valley located in the southern highlands and were sent to Taronga Park Zoo, which is located in Sydney, Australia. In the 1970s, another pair was also acquired from the Eipomak Valley of Irian Jaya in Indonesia. Practically all the New Guinea Singing Dogs nowadays are descendants of these two pairs.

New Guinea Singing Dogs are dingo-type dogs that acquired their name from their ability to howl with a modulating series of tones. These dogs are considered rare today, even in New Guinea, but they can be found in different zoos across the world. This breed is recognized by the United Kennel Club.

Appearance New Guinea Singing Dogs are small to medium in size and are fox-like in appearance. These dogs have a wedge-shaped head with prick ears. Their eyes are obliquely set and triangular. These dogs have a plush coat and a brushy tail that is fluffy and soft. When in the show ring, these dogs are presented in their natural state, which means that no trimming is required. The length of the coat is average to long. These dogs have lean hindquarters, and they move gracefully.

Colours The most common coat colours of this breed include red with white markings, but these dogs can also be red without white, or black and tan.

Temperament These dogs are not yet completely domesticated, but can be easily socialized to become a family dog. These dogs love attention, and can get along well with children. They are, however, wary with strangers and are often aggressive with other canines even if they've already undergone socialization. These dogs are highly intelligent and can be very focused, particularly when hunting. They are innately curious, a trait that keeps them exploring their environment.

Height and Weight The height of these dogs is approximately 14 to 15 inches, and their weight is around 18 to 30 pounds.

Common Health Problemsm New Guinea Singing Dogs are considered very healthy. They have no recorded genetic health problems. The ailments affecting these dogs are those common to other dog breeds as well.

Living Conditions These dogs aren't recommended for most families. Those who wish to keep a New Guinea Singing Dog, though, should provide the dog with a yard where it can run around and do some physical activities. It’s not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. Dogs of this breed also do well in places with a cold climate, and they are very adaptable and versatile.

Exercise Requirements Much exercise is needed to keep these dogs healthy and fit. They should be taken out on long walks daily, and be allowed to run around freely in a large, secure area.

Training Requirements Being closely related to wild dogs, New Guinea Singing Dogs may be quite a challenge to train. These dogs should be properly socialized at an early age, and owners should know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 15 to 20 years.

Grooming The weather-resistant coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs occasionally. Bathing these dogs should be done only when they smell bad or are excessively dirty already.

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