The New Guinea Singing Dog: Giving A Melodious Yodeling Instead Of Bark

New Guinea Singing Dog

Dogs have always been known for their loud barks. Have you ever heard of a dog that is bark less and sings a song? Get yourself introduced to the New Guinea Singing Dog which has been known for its unusual “yodel”-like style of vocalizing. The New Guinea dog or New Guinea Highland Dog is an ancient species of dog that have been living for at least 6000 years. It is closely related to the Australian Dingo. 

It was believed once that this species had become extinct, but a recent study of the wild dog living in New Guinea shows that the dogs are still alive in the wild. Let’s gather some interesting facts associated with their melodious vocalization and behavior in the wild. 

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Origin of the New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

They are one of the oldest breeds of dog which is believed to have originated from wild canids that were domesticated by indigenous people, thousands of years ago.

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Physical Appearance

New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea Singing Dogs have golden red or black-and-tan coats with white markings. They are medium-sized dogs, having the wedge-shaped head, narrow muzzles, erect ears, and bushy tails. Their narrow muzzle and facial features proclaim the vulpine or fox-like appearance. 

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Agile Hunters

These dogs are skilled and agile hunters. Mostly they feed on small marsupials, birds, rodents, and fruits present in the wild. 

They do not require any specialized diet in captivity and can thrive on poultry byproducts, and raw meat diets based on beef, elk, deer, or bison.  

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What led New Guinea Highland Wild Dog’s name to become “New Guinea Singing Dog”?

New Guinea Singing Dog

An Australian mammalogist, Tim Flannery, described in his book about these dogs and their melange sound. Instead of barking, they produce a chorus of howling which led to their name “New Guinea Singing Dog”.

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Melodious Yodeling

We all have heard that dogs bark, but these New Guinea Singing Dogs have their own voice. Their vocalization is quite similar to that of the dingo, wolf, and domestic dog, but their howl is unique and melodious. It includes yodeling, with high and low-pitched tones. According to the sonograms, their howl is similar to the song of the humpback whale. Sometimes they howl together or perform a chorus of howling, one dog starts, and the other dogs join in shortly afterward. 

New Guinea Singing Dog

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The New Guinea Singing Dog is a captivating breed that continues to intrigue researchers and dog enthusiasts alike. Their remarkable vocalizations, physical adaptations, and ancient lineage make them a unique and valuable part of our natural world. 

 

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