New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society: The Official Website

New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society

The Official Website

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New Guinea Singing Dogs: Overview

The first pair of New Guinea Singing Dogs (NGSD) was brought down from the New Guinea highlands to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in the late 1950s.

Originally they were declared a unique species, Canis hallstromi. But in 1969 they were grouped with the Australian Dingo as a feral wild (wild-living) subspecies of the domestic dog, Canis familiaris dingo. Because of this reclassification, most zoos stopped breeding them. Subsequently, the number in captivity declined. The entire captive NGSD population was estimated in 1995 to be approximately 300 animals, descended from only eight wild-caught founders.

In the last few years, many NGSD have adapted well to living in the modern home as a pet, given proper training and socialization. This is quite a feat for a wild animal that until recently was a tamed but undomesticated companion only to Stone Age tribes.

Until the NGSD is once again officially declared a separate subspecies or species, traditional conservation organizations are understandably unwilling to spend funds saving an animal of questionable status. However, by the time the needed evidence is in, it it may be too late. If they die out, we will have lost an opportunity to learn what what this interesting canid might be able to tell us about adaptation, evolution, the origin of the domestic dog, and early man.

Without the support of large conservation organizations, the preservation of the NGSD will take the combined efforts of many individuals. The New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society (NGSDCS) was established in 1997 and later received Section 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization. As codified in our constitution and Mission Statement, we do not breed for profit or personal gain.

 

For more information on the NGSDCS, please email: jkoler@ccountry.net


NGSD 2013 HEALTH SURVEY SUMMARY.
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The NGSDCS supports only the breeding of International Species Identification System-listed (ISIS) NGSD with known pedigrees. Because almost all of the NGSD in North America descended from the original Taronga Zoo pair, it is important to breed carefully to avoid health problems. (Read more about this on the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society breeding plan page.)

Only those Singers with ISIS registration numbers have proof of purebred ancestry, which is verifiable descent from zoo stock. Make sure to ask for this number before considering adopting a NGSD that will not be spayed or neutered before it reaches sexual maturity. Otherwise, it is possible that it is not 100% NGSD and therefore cannot be considered part of any conservation breeding program.

The NGSDCS encourages NGSD owners to participate in research by donating NGSD blood and other samples for DNA analysis, sharing medical information, keeping growth records, and observing behaviors.

Although many members of the NGSDCS have "Singers" in their families, ownership is not required to join. Those who are curious about this ancient dog and those who are considering acquiring one are encouraged to join and learn more. To find out more about joining, click the Membership link.

Last but not least, listen to a chorus howl to hear why they are nicknamed "Singers."

Home
Description
History
Research
Living With NGSD
Resources
Membership
Rescues
Zoos That Have NGSD

All content copyright © 1998-2014 New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from any page of this website without written permission is strictly prohibited.