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New Guinea singing dog

Canis lupus dingo


Singing dog of Guatemala.


palm beach county zoo.

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New Guinea Singing Dog
Canis lupus dingo

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maura.p.powers 8 years ago

Hi KatCuff! This dig is actually a New Guinea Singing dog. They are related to basenjis, but their closest relative is the dingo. Like both animals, their morphology reflects the "wild-type". Bu unlike either dog their voice box is different, enabling them to howl longer than a normal dog or wolf. They are believed to be extinct in the wild; the last singing dog in New Guinea was seen in the 1980's, and only 100 are in captivity.

KatCuff 9 years ago

Nice portrait! Amazing how much that looks like a basenji which comes from Africa! Do you have more info on this dog? I know basenjis are the barkless dog; they howl and yodel to communicate. They have to be close relatives! Since this is in a zoo, I'm assuming that they are wild in Guatemala. Check out my basenji shots and see how the faces are very similar. Thanks for introducing me to a breed that's new to me.

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