By Victoria Swanson — One of many Dog Breeds blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
The New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD) was first exported out of New Guinea in 1989 to Australia's zoos, and genetically, they are a close relative to the Australian Dingo.
Sadly, they are close to extinction in New Guinea, and captivity-breeding females only have one heat cycle per year, which makes it difficult to retain the breed.
New Guinea Singing Dogs get their name for their ability to sing in tones, series of pitches, and synchronization through their howl (they do not bark). They are able to join in with other NGSDs and are able to cease their song simultaneously.
Before you consider getting a New Guinea Singing Dog, research and understand this breed to the fullest, as they are not a typical domesticated dog.
The New Guinea Singing Dog does not do well with young and small children, other dogs, or small animals (including rabbits, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more). They have a very strong prey drive towards small animals and will absolutely disregard any type of command with this natural instinct.
Small, young children are a big no-no with the NGSD. They like to jump, play nip, and rough-house aggressively.
They are known to be an independent dog, rarely running in groups with other dogs. In their natural habitat, NGSDs were often spotted roaming alone or with a mate. They don't do well in a multi-dog household, nor with the same sex. Females tend to be more dominant and like to run the show.
A typical fenced-in yard will not be enough to keep the New Guinea Singing Dog from escaping. They are classic Houdini's. They dig, climb, jump, and can escape through a hole the size of their head.
The NGSD is a roamer and will not do well with off-leash training. Their instinctual prey drive will kick in, leading them on a wild hunt.
They are often described as having cat-like mannerisms with their jumping abilities.
A secured fence, with proper toppers, and digging prevention will be a must for this well known escape artist.
When properly socialized, the New Guinea Singing Dog can be very affectionate and gentle around humans. They are known to be a sensitive breed and do not do well with harsh training methods. The NGSD are independent thinkers and have no problem making decisions that lean in their favor.
They enjoy playing, but they don't "play bow," which is often performed by domesticated dogs. The New Guinea Singing Dog is a very active breed and requires several walks/runs per day. They get bored easily without the proper stimulation and will be very destructive due to their boredom. Build an obstacle course in the back yard. Provide interactive toys. Structured training and rigorous exercise will help keep the NGSD mentally and physically healthy.
New Guinea Singing Dog's have a double coat, with a thick undercoat for protection during winter. Therefore, they do very well in cold climates. This coat requires minimum grooming with only weekly brushing and bathing once every few months. Their coat sheds twice a year (spring and fall), and they lack the typical "doggy smell."
This breed has not been genetically altered, making them a hardy and healthy dog. Their average lifespan is long - up to 20 years!
As you begin looking for a New Guinea Singing Dog, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe
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