Toppy – The World’s First Cloned Sniffer Dogs

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Six genetically identical puppies began work for South Korea’s customs agency, sniffing out drugs. They all share the same name, TOPPY (tomorrow & puppy combined) because they were all cloned from the same superb sniffer dog named Chase (a Labrador Retriever in Canada).

The dogs went through an 16-month training program and are now hard at work sniffing out drugs at Seoul’s Incheon International airport and at border crossings in Korea.

While I can understand that cloning in this case may be extremely helpful given the small percentage of sniffer dogs born with extreme natural abilities, where do you draw the line with cloning pets?

The first dog clone, Snuppy, was produced by the scientists at Seoul National University. The same team of scientists that have cloned Toppy, Toppy, Toppy, Toppy, and Toppy.

I love my dogs, but can’t imagine ever having one of them cloned. Death is a natural part of life – for all living things.

Would you ever want to have your canine companion cloned?
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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

4 Comments

  1. I think cloning is just wrong! A life is special and shouldnt be taken for granted, if cloning becomes mainstream then people wont realise how special their pooch is, knowing fine well that they can have a “copy” of their dog whenever they want….

  2. I agree that it is very wrong and just inhumane, but at least they were cloned for the basis of being productive and helpful dogs, rather than just being sideshow attractions.

    ~ Vom Bullenfeld German Rottweilers

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