Britain’s first cloned dog has been born after a 12-year-old dachshund was reproduced as a puppy in a South Korean laboratory at the cost of £60,000. Rebecca Smith, a caterer from West London, had the puppy created in a test tube using DNA from her pet, Winnie. “My sausage dog is very special but she is 12 and not going to be around forever.
My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned’,” Smith said. “Then I read an article about it and there was a competition to get your pet cloned. We sent in some videos and it just sort of snowballed from there,” she said. Smith, 29, won the £60,000 competition and travelled from Britain to Seoul, South Korea, and witnessed ‘mini Winnie’ being born on March 30.