The Singing Dogs


This is a picture of Babyface, a U.S. Founder from Denmark.




1957-From New Guinea to Taronga Park Zoo, AU(Pair)


1958-From Taronga Park Zoo to San Diego Zoo(Single)


1959-From Taronga Park Zoo to San Diego Zoo(Single)


1963-From N.G.(Clissord) to Taronga Park(Single male)


1976-From Irian Jaya Mts. to Keil Institute, Germany(5)


1980-From Taronga Park to Sedgwick County Zoo(Dinkum)


No Date On Record-From Baiyer River, N.G. to Taronga Park(Single)


No Date On Record-From Berlin Zoo to Taronga Park(Pair)


1987-From Taronga Park to Canada, Sheryl Langan, Darkie, his mate Berlin, Ronga & his mate Taro.   


1987-From Germany to Sedgwick County Zoo(???? & Olga)


1990-From Taronga Park to Sedgwick County Zoo(Madang & ????)


1994-From Canada to U.S.(Darkie originated from Taronga Park)


2007-From Germany to Lowry Park, FL, U.S.A.(Benji who is, as yet unproven)) 


2007-From Germany to U.S.(Babyface)


2007-From Germany to U.S.(Calvin & Hobbs, as yet no DNA sample has been submitted on either one so they are not yet considered even "provisional" founders.  Best termed as "possible" founders.                    





1958-59-The original pair that came into San Diego from Taronga Park  


1975-Dingo from Clay Center Zoo(Direct trace back to San Diego Zoo pair.  Thus, Dingo was from Taronga Zoo stock..    


1980-Dinkum from Taronga Park

1987-Olga from Germany

1994-Darkie from Canada(Originated at Taronga Park)

1990-Madang from Taronga Park

2007-Babyface from Denmark.


From 1958 until 1980(22 years), the only bloodlines in the U.S. were from the two original imports(Taronga Park to San Diego Zoo).


So basically as of 2013,  there been but a small handful of  founders who have contributed to the United States Singer gene pool. 

Update on Benji dated 1/16/2012 states that Benji has viable sperm, albeit low at 13, but enough to try another breeding.  

Update on Benji as of 6/5/2013.  No luck breeding.

Therefore, Benji did not qualify as a founder since he made no contribution to the population.   


As we understand it, there were four Canadian founders who were imported from Taronga Park to Canada by Sheryl Langan in 1987.  They were Darkie, Berlin, Ronga &Taro.



Dinkum Founder Information
Here's a piece of genealogical information someone might want to log in someplace.  
It's about Dinkum.  Dinkum is considered one of the founders for the U.S. population.  
He was imported to Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS in 1980.  
He lived at Sedgwick County Zoo for his entire life of 9 years and 8 months.  
He was born in Sidney, Australia at Taronga Zoo.
He was the 3rd Singer imported to the United States having been preceded by the pair brought in to San Diego Zoo in 1958 & 59.
Notice the wide breadth of time between 1958-59 when the first pair came in and then 1980 when Dinkum came in.  
In the same shipment with Dinkum but never acknowledged by anyone else in Singer history, was a female by the name of Thundera.
That fact makes Thundera the fourth Singer to have been imported into the U.S..  
Dinkum was bred to Thundera for two seasons..  
They produced a total of 5 puppies from 1981-1983.
Thundera died in 1984 of arteriosclerosis at the age of 4 years and 4 months.  
Dinkum lived alone from 1984-1987 until Olga was imported from Germany.  
A sidenote:  Both Dinkum and Thundera were captive born in Taronga Zoo.
Dr Brisbin entered the Singer world when he was visiting Sedgwick County Zoo during the early 1980s.  He saw Dinkum and asked his friend, the zoo director, about Dinkum.  Thanks to Bris's influence and encouragement, the zoo imported Olga in 1987.



Don & Judy Ehrlich’s Regeneration/Preservation Breeding Plan For Their Captive New Guinea Singing Dog Population

March 2013

This is a copy of a two generation regeneration plan for the captive population of New Guinea Singing Dogs owned by Don & Judy Ehrlich. 

The Ehrlich population currently consists of 25 members which represent NSGD  owned and raised by Ehrlichs as well as specimens from the Michigan Rescue, the Hammond Dispersal, Wildlife World Zoo, Tennessee Singers, and the Nemo/Belle Line(This is the line currently producing tri-colors). 

 In 2009 Don Ehrlich was lucky enough to locate a female Singing Dog who he believed to be pure as well as a possible North American founder.  She seemed to be very much a New Guinea Dingo.  She was named Babyface.  She is Ehrlich's first regeneration dam.

 Subsequent DNA testing for BF proved to be positive for Singing Dog purity and fostered further research into her background.

During 2010, 11, and 12, BF background research was conducted in Europe, her continent of origin.

The European research revealed:

Babyface was born in the Fall of 2007 and was raised in Denmark.  The zoo where she was born and raised is now out-of-business.  When in operation, the Danish zoo was affiliated with Kiel University in Germany.  Therefore, BF is descended from the Kiel University bloodlines.    She was imported into the United States via Germany during the year 2008. 

Due to more-in-detail information coupled with the fact that Dr. Alan Wilton at University of New South Wales DNA tested and verified her as pure NGSD, Babyface is considered the most recent North American NGSD founder.  She is the single most genetically significant  specimen in todays’ NGSD captive population.

Her inclusion into the captive population boosted genetic diversity of the collection more than any other event in the last decade of Singer history.

Ehrlichs needed an equally significant male to breed to BF.  They found him in Jonah.  Therefore, Jonah is Ehrlich's first regeneration generation sire:

Jonah’s bloodlines trace back to founders on both sides.  He is the highest quality breeding age male Singing Dog in the captive population today.  His greatest genetic strength lies in his Old Dingo blood, a bloodline only slightly represented in the captive population and traceable directly back to the first NGSD pair imported into North American. 

The union of Jonah and Babyface in the Fall of 2010 produced five puppies of the highest order.  All five progeny exhibited quality Singer typical characteristics. 

Litter sexes were 1 male and 4 females.

The second generation regeneration will occur(date to be given at a later date.)

The purpose of the second regeneration breeding is to create NGSD offspring of a generic nature who carry genes from several founders.  In other words, these are the vegetable soup of the Singer world.

Don Ehrlich, March 2014