The Worlds First COMMERCIALLY Cloned Canine

Well…  we all knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when.  When was November 18, 2008.  Today, Lancey (who arrived in the US on January 25th) is with his family – who paid to have him cloned from their previous canine companion.  The family said they chose to clone their original dog because he was the “most human” dog they’d ever shared their lives with.

As a behavior buff there’s a lot I could choose to say about their reasoning, but I always try to find something nice to say.  😉  So…  I’m glad the family is happy with their new puppy.

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2 responses to “The Worlds First COMMERCIALLY Cloned Canine

  1. I don’t think that this is really a negative thing. There is of course no guarantee that the owners will get the same dog behaviorally because upbringing and environment play a major role in that. However in certain cases this could be extremely useful, especially with how much we have been seeing news/documentaries about genetic defects in dogs.

    If these defects are as rampant as the media would have us believe, we can make breeding stock that is genetic disease free. Obviously this will not replace the “old fashion” way of dog reproduction, but it may be the way that we can save some of our rarest breeds. This could even be useful in restoring some of the extreme breeds, that have little to no resemblance to the stock they are from 20 or 30 years ago.

    I don’t think that this is all that viable for the pet market, and to be honest I am pretty sure that there will be very few people who want to bring their pets back from the dead.

  2. The negative part is that the paid $150,000 for one dog…. think of what else that money could have done….

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