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Introduction to Singers

The New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD) is a free-roaming and village dog of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. New Guinea Singing Dogs also go by the informal name “Singer”. Researchers have determined that NGSDs are the oldest living relic of the first domestic dogs and embody the earliest human-canine bond.

The Singer’s multi-pitched howl is unique and when more than one NGSD is present, they will howl together, each one with their own individual song. Scroll down on this page to hear and see NGSDs sing.

Being a primitive dog, the NGSD is intelligent and independent. They form very strong bonds with their human companions. Nevertheless, Singers love freedom to explore and their high prey instinct can cause escape attempts. Therefore these dogs are not for everyone.

Throughout our site there is detailed information about these special dogs. We hope you will take the time to learn about NGSDs, their uniqueness and their role in the relationships of the modern dog breeds we know today.

In this video, the younger male singer (L) begins the song. The female (R) appears to wake up and momentarily joins in.

Listen to a group of six New Guinea Singing Dogs in group howl.

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chorus howl 4 Singers

Note the difference in howls between wolf and singer:





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