Monthly Archives: April 2014

Game of Clones: Britain’s First Cloned Dog

Ah! Finally, a news article that shines a more positive light on our canine friends… Wait. Oh dear, what do we have here?

Britain’s first cloned dog has been born after a £60,000 test-tube procedure, a television programme will reveal.

The tiny dachshund puppy, weighing just over 1lb, was born in Seoul,South Korea, at the end of last month following a competition advertised in the UK offering the procedure free of charge.

via The Guardian 

I wasn’t sure how I should react to this; confused, nettled, concerned and definitely a little uneasy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been a huge fan of films involving clones such as Blade Runner, Moon and The Island, but they were films and certainly didn’t represent the real world when it came to cloning.

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Can we artificially make dogs for pets in the future..?

In this case unfortunately, the only similarities they will have between dog and clone is that they have similar (although not identical) DNA… and that’s about it! The majority of dog owners and professionals will agree that a dogs behaviour is formed and shaped around the environment he/she grows up in. No amount of cloning or money can shape a dogs behaviour, just hard work and dedication.

“You would have about as much chance of replicating your favourite pet by choosing one from Battersea Dogs Home as you would from cloning it. And the former is likely to be loved more as it will not fail your expectations,” said Robin Lovell-Badge, a geneticist at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. via The Guardian

The first cloned dog was back in 2005 named Snuppy who was was the only healthy puppy to survive after 1,095 cloned embryos were implanted in 123 dogs. Does this sound moral? I’d imagine very few people would say yes. The more I looked into this, the worse it gets, and it can be yours for only £60,000!

Frankly I don’t know what is more concerning, the idea of others wanting to clone their dogs without realising the devastating consequences or the fact they can use that as some sort of prize in a competition for entertainment.

Throughout my life I’ve met and owned many dogs that have come and gone, all with special unique memories that I will never forget. A relationship between dog and owner is one of the most rewarding and delightful experiences anyone can have, but those come with responsibilities. And cloning is no game.

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New Guest Blog – Emma Suiter

10151669_10152298955437472_1494904300_n (1) (2)My next guest blog comes from Emma Suiter who is a third year vetinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London discussing  the future of pedigree dogs in the veterinary industry as a vet nurse, dog handler and overall dog lover. She has recently been appointed to be a Health Representative for her breed, the Kooikerhondje (yes, I did spell that right) and not to mention the youngest health rep The Kennel Club has ever had – quite an achievement!

As a result I was keen to know her thoughts on the overall health of pedigree dogs as a whole and the tasks we face in future.

Enough of me though, find out what she has to say here.

You can also follow Emma on twitter – @emyveterinary

Enjoy!