I remember learning about the first cloned animal ( a sheep named dolly ) and being very excited. Up until recently, I did not realize a dog (along with a couple of other mammals) have been cloned.  In April 2005, a dog named Snuppy was successfully cloned by Korean scientists. The male Afghan Hound named Snuppy, was born on April 24; scientists created him using a cell from the ear of an adult Afghan Hound and the procedure involved 123 surrogate mothers, of which only three produced pups and of the three puppies only Snuppy survived.


Snuppy, (R) with his generic father at the Seoul National University on August 3, 2005, in Seoul, South Korea.


Snuppy was named as Time Magazine‘s “Most Amazing Invention” of the year in 2005.  According to Wikipedia The Kennel Club criticized the entire concept of dog cloning, on the grounds that their mission is “To promote in every way the general improvement of dogs” and no improvement can occur if replicas are being created.


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – AUGUST 3: In this handout photo, Snuppy, (R) the first successfully cloned Afghan hound, sits with his generic father at the Seoul National University on August 3, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The dog joined the list of cloned animals as South Korean scientists, led by stem cell researcher Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk, announced that they have created the first cloned dog from an Afghan hound in the world. (Photo by Seoul National University via Getty Images)



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