Breakfasters: What Are We Doing to Our Dogs?
Everyone’s heard of designer dogs and selective breeding, but what about intensive breeding or cloning of dogs? Melbourne University academics Associate Professor Caroline Mansfield and Professor David Balding join Breakfasters to chat about the current trends and ethical implications of breeding man’s best friend.
On one hand, overbreeding and inbreeding our dogs can lead to a loss of genetic variation and increase risk of hereditary diseases. On the other hand, responsible breeding can be beneficial by delivering advantageous traits such as temperament for assistance dogs. However, many dogs (regardless of pedigree) are abandoned in shelters every day, which raises ethical questions about if we should clone dogs or even create designer dogs in the first place.