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New Guinea Singing Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: 18 - 30 pounds
Height: 14 - 15 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium to High
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a New Guinea Singing Dog, Dog Breed Guide


The New Guinea Singing Dog got its name from its very unique ability to change the pitch of its “howl” in various ways. Barking is not natural to these dogs! They vocalize using varying note pitches of howls, whines and yelps! It is among the rarest dogs today and mostly seen in zoos all across the world.

Official Name

New Guinea Singing Dog
This dog breed is also known as the New Guinea Highland Dog. It is also fondly called as the Singer. The singing dog breed of New Zealand is also called as the NGSD.


Date – Ancient Times
Country – New Guinea
Family / Group – Pariah, Sight Hound, Hound, Southern

Recognized By:
New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society
New Guinea Singing Dog International
United Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The New Guinea Singing Dog is one of the rarest and one of the most an ancient dogs known today. They are considered wild dogs of New Guinea. These dogs were kept and used as hunting dogs by the indigenous New Guinean tribes. There are some dog experts that treat the singing dog as another species of canines that is apart from other domestic dogs. These experts believes that they are closely related to Australian dingos. Today, the NGSD are rare dogs that can often be seen in zoos.


The New Guinea Singing Dog are dogs that are highly intelligent as they are highly independent. They are known to display friendliness and gentle disposition towards people in general. Provided that these dogs are properly socialized. The singing dogs of New Guineas can be dog-aggressive and will display a very high prey drive.

Bred For

They were bred and kept as hunting dogs by the indigenous New Guinean tribes. Presently, the NGSD breed are kept as pets by some dog breeders and often seen in zoos.


The NGSD is a breed that should not be taken as pets for just any type of family. They are one of the rarest and nearly extinct dog breed known today. These are very closely related to other wild dogs like the Dingo. But proper and early training and socialization of these dogs by experienced dog owners will make them good as pets.


The New Guinea Singing Dog does not need grooming attention. They are dogs that have weather resistant coats that take care of itself and does not need to be maintained.


Having the NGSD well trained and housebreak will be very difficult. This is because of the dogs’ very high drive to hunt prey. It often makes these dogs lose their focus while training.


Like most wild dog related breeds, the New Guinea Singing Dog is very healthy. They are dogs that are hardy and resilient to medical diseases. Some of them are known to have monorchidism.


The New Guinea Singing Dog should have their high activity needs addressed through plenty of exercise sessions. Vigorous physical exercise such as long walks or jogging should be done every day.