New Guinea Singing Dog NGSD – Canis lupus hallstromi
In 2016, an expedition of scientists found 15 dogs of this breed living wild in the mountains of western New Guinea. They were able to take pictures of them and take fecal samples, but this did not allow for a full analysis of the genome. Another expedition in 2018 gave a better result – blood samples were taken from 3 individuals. Detailed DNA analysis allowed to obtain precise results that confirm that it is the breed most closely related to the Australian dingo.
But definitely different from breeds from East Asia, such as Chow Chow, Akita or Shiba Inu. The research also found that the genome was partially degraded, possibly by inbreeding, but also by crossbreeding with local dogs. Scientists hope that a thorough analysis of the genome can help uncover the secret of the unique singing of these animals.