NEW GUINEA SINGING DOG
Commonly referred to as “Singers” by those who know them, the New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD) is widely considered to be one of the rarest canines in the world. With only two possible sightings in the wild, one being confirmed, there are an estimated 17 left in the wild. So how did Shy Wolf Sanctuary come to rescue such rare canids?
“Singers” are a wild canine native to Papua New Guinea off Australia. They were first discovered and classified as their own species by a man named Hallstromi (Canis hallstromi) but later were reclassified as a subspecies of the dingo. Currently, taxonomy is still unclear but generally they are considered to be Canis lupus dingo hallstromi or Canis dingo hallstromi. The original pair went to a zoo in Australia and it is widely thought that most captive bred Singers trace back to this pair.
Seger the Singer was an intentional “conservation litter” bred from a line that came from Canada. That line had been kept separate from the ones in the United States so it was thought to bring diversity back into the gene pool. Seger’s father was a black and tan, with only two B&T males documented NGSD since breeding started in 1954. There have been a few more females, we were told, but the males are extremely rare. Thus, Seger has a slightly darker coloring with black hairs on his back while the other Singers hare the red or ginger coloration.
Because Singers are an exotic animal (per Florida statute) and classified as dingoes, they require a Class III license and six-sided containment (meaning they can’t climb or dig out). The litter of pups were dispersed but there was one extra…and we learned about him when we were contacted to take in Melbourne.
Choosing the name…we solicited input on social media and a lot of suggestions came in like Dundee and Sydney…but we wanted something a little more unique. Most people know who Bob Seger is and his connection to Naples solidified our choice. Seger the Singer seemed like the perfect name for a pup who has a lot to say!
So far Seger likes other dogs, people and just about everything and it’s our hope that he continues to flex his ambassadorial muscles while he matures. Stay tuned for more as we follow Seger into adulthood and he grows to be 30-35lbs as an adult.