A police dog in China is cloned and the 3-months-old clone is started with an intensive training, according to state media. (Stock image)
The “Sherlock Holmes” of police dogs in China is cloned, in the hope that cutting down on the training times and costs, according to the media.
The 3-month-old puppy, Kunxun, is already started with the training, the Global Times reported Wednesday.
Sinogene Biotechnology Company in Beijing and Yunnan Agricultural University, allegedly cloned Kunxun with the support of the chinese Ministry of Public Security.
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The pup was cloned from a 7-year-old sniffer dog called Huahuangma, which was included in 2016 by the chinese Ministry of Public Security for her contributions to the murder investigations, the Global Times reported.
The aim of the project is the reduction of training times for the police dogs, although the cost of cloning is still an obstacle, Sinogene’s deputy general manager told the outlet. He did not say how much cloning costs.
Training for police dogs in China usually takes about five years and costs as much as 500,000 Chinese Yuan, or about $74,687.
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Kunxun is expected to be a police dog when it is 10 months old, after extensive training in drug detection, crowd control and searching for evidence, China Daily reported.
“The cloning of police dogs in an experimental phase. It is to be hoped that we mass produce cloned well-performing police dogs, as the technologies mature in the next 10 years,” Wan Jiusheng, a senior researcher at Kunming Police Dog base, where Kunxun is training, told China Daily.