“Singing Dog” Breed Rediscovered In New Guinea

There is so much beauty to behold in nature. Until just recently I had no idea that there were actual wild dogs in New Guinea. But apparently, the New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs are renowned for having very unique vocalizations. They were thought to have died out and become extinct since there were no sightings of them in the wild for around 50 years. But then some researchers found that there was a pack of wild dogs residing on the Indonesian side of the island of Papua, New Guinea. These wild dogs greatly resembled the Highland Wild Dogs, and it soon became clear to researchers that these extremely rare animals were still alive in the wild!

Photo: Facebook/New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation

These Highland Wild Dogs are the rarest dog breed alive in the world, and they are described as being “living fossils.” In captivity, there are around 200 New Guinea Singing Dogs – but these are inbred versions of the original Highland Wild Dogs. 

Photo: Facebook/New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation

James McIntyre, the founder of the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation, was one of those who were part of the animals’ rediscovery. He’s also involved in the further research and study being done into these very ancient canines. Alongside other researchers, McIntyre and a group had published a research article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In their article, they prove that the discovered pack of dogs are indeed the original wild dogs, which are called New Guinea Highland Wild Dogs by the locals. 

McIntyre said, “The New Guinea Singing Dog was the name developed by Caucasians.”

The first re-sighting was documented in 2016 up in the remote mountains. However, it wasn’t until a few years later when the team returned to the area and collected DNA samples from two of the elusive dogs that they were able to prove through DNA testing that these were the original “singing dogs.” The team found that they shared 72% of their DNA with those already in captivity, which meant that these wild dogs could potentially be a link between ancient dogs and modern domesticated dogs.

“I have long realized the importance of the HWD as a key ‘missing link’ canid that held the answers to so many questions that science has yet to reveal. I am personally honored and humbled to be party to the rediscovery of HWDs living in their natural environment and the sheer immensity of the science and research that is to follow.” McIntyre said.

Photo: Facebook/New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation

This discovery is a big deal for the Highland Wild Dogs of New Guinea because it means that conservation efforts will be able to hopefully help bolster their numbers in the wild. Their very unique “singing” has been described as being a “wolf howl with overtones of whale song.” 

Watch the incredible animals in the video below:

Comment on the Story Below

Related Posts

May 29, 2020

Dog Plays A Game Of ‘Tag’ With A Rabbit

Unusual animal friendships are so adorable. And there are many different examples to be found

February 19, 2020

Cops Save Choking Puppy After Woman Runs Into The Station With Her Lifeless Dog

Protect and serve – that is what the police do. And officers at a police

June 18, 2015


Dr. Sherry Weaver If the animal is still passing stool but it appears to be

Comments – Rules , Boundaries & Limitations

At Cesar’s Way , we strive to be a single pack, and packs have rules, and limitations. Here are ours for the comments:

  •  No bullying or harassment of fellow commenters. Keep it civil!
  • No foul language or obscenities, please.
  • No posting of external links

Also, please note that because of volume , we are unable to respond to individual comments, although we do watch them in order to learn what issues and questions are most common so that we can produce content that fulfills your needs. You are welcome to share your own dog tips and behavior solutions among yourselves, however Thank you for reading our articles and sharing your thoughts with the pack!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Tips From Cesar & The Pack

Don’t get left out of the doghouse! Sign up now to make sure you’re up to date on the latest happenings!

Trending Today

Trending This Week