From Designer Dogs To Modified Dog Breeds
What comes to your mind when you hear the term “hybrid dog” or “designer dog”?
I read Will Heilpern’s article “Super-strong, genetically engineered dogs — Could they cure Parkinson’s disease?” published by CNN, and it made me think.
The future seemed to be approaching much faster than I imagined. I mean, genetically modified dogs – really?
Modified dogs would be twice as strong as normally are, something like the hulk, but in dog form. Is this even be reality? I mean, plant-enthusiasts were already making noise about genetically modified foods, but now this?
I was shocked and fascinated at the same time. After processing this extraordinary article, I found myself wondering: What if something similar had happened before? (No need three guesses to figure out that it has, obviously!)
What’s the difference between a mutt and a designer dog? Unlike a mutt, a designer dog’s lineage can be identified – he should have documented purebred ancestry.
These so-called ‘designer dogs’ are not urban legend, but a common reality. Commonly known as a crossed-breed of two registered, purebred dogs, these dogs are engineered to be as cute as they can be. Yes, just cute. Forget the health-risks or fatality rate, ‘cute’ is basically what everyone looks for in pups these days.
As stated by Lauren Boriotti in The Rover, the title of ‘most adorable dog breed’ falls to Goldendoodles; a cross between a golden retriever, a poodle and a Labradoodle. Bizarre, no?
Online author Louise Eccles talked about this in her article for The Daily Mail, describing the hidden dangers of engineering these breeds. Despite their cute first impression, those breeds a far more vulnerable to agonising illness and infections. By cross breeding pure dog breeds, not only do their ‘cute’ factors get elevated, but so do their genetic faults as well.
Reports have clearly proved that human interference in genetically engineering dog breeds can lead to dangers, and possibly death to many dogs worldwide. Ethically speaking, what can we do?
Most Common Designer Dogs
Here are some of the most popular designer dogs.
The Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle.
It’s an affectionate result of a cross mating between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel.
A successful breeding of a Labrador and a Poodle.
The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix.
A cross of a pug and a Beagle produces a cute, fun dog of reasonable size.
Loyal and fun-loving, the Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle.
Good Or Bad?
The big question remains: Is the current development a great opportunity for humanity, or will end in a disaster?
The answer is, either way is possible. Genetic engineering has always been accompanied by unforeseen events, be it unpredictable scientific breakthroughs, or misleading failures. Nevertheless, is it up to us to play God?
We certainly can’t predict any answers, and will have to wait for these developments to pan out in the future for us to even get a shot at witnessing this possibly Schrodinger-type event. Though flying dogs may be a little far-fetched, perhaps horse-sized dogs with tongues the size of a frying pan – That may be a future that readily awaits us.
What about you? Are you pro-engineering or anti-engineering? We’d love to hear your opinions.