The New Guinea Singing Dog is also known as the New Guinea Dingo, Hallstrom Dog, Bush Dingo, Singer and New Guinea Wild Dog.They are known and named for their unique vocalization.These dogs are found in New Guinea and are the most primitive breed of dogs around, more so than the dingo.
Domesticated bred New Guinea Dingoes serve as companion dogs. This is part of a conservation effort to focus attention on their exceptional intelligence and physical abilities.
The New Guinea Singing Dog has short legs and is broad-headed. These dingo dogs have an average shoulder height of 13–16 in and weigh from 17–25 lbs. They do not have dewclaws.Singers can also spread their legs sideways up to 90 degrees-similar to the Norwegian Lundehund.They also are able to rotate their front and hind paws more than domesticated dogs and are able to climb trees that can be reached from the ground.
Their almond shaped eyes are highly reflective and are almond-shaped. Researchers believe there are two reasons for the bright reflective glow- not only do the pupils open wider and allow in more light than in other dog breeds, there is also a higher concentration of cells in the tapetum. These two unusual features allow Singing Dogs to see more clearly in low light- not found in canids.
Dr.Alan Wilton, a geneticist and lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Australia mentions that all the Singing Dogs of New Guinea ,as well as the Dingoes from Australia, may have originated from one single pregnant female.
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