It is no exaggeration to say that people have literally stopped in their tracks to ask about Betty. Cars pull over, cyclists dismount and people just start talking to us. It’s like being with a celebrity.
They guess she’s is a Pug cross – the curly tail, dark face and slightly squished nose give that away – but they think the cross comes from a Jack Russel or Chihuahua. Jugs and Chugs are more prolific than Pugs crossed with Miniature Pinschers, or “Muggins”. Many times, I also have to explain that Pinschers are similar to Dobermans and, yes, they do have miniature versions.
The benefit of a pug cross is that they are less likely to have genetic health problems, although it is hard to predict their exact temperament and appearance. The variation within the same litter can be quite significant. You can get an idea of temperament by researching the characteristics of both breeds. In my experience, Betty has all the characteristics of both breeds, in abundance:
|Stubborn: Pugs will plant their feet and refuse to go outside with you.||Headstrong and demanding: they have a mind of their own.|
|Dependent / clingy: they need plenty of attention. They love human company and form a deep bond with their owner. They will want to sleep in your bed. They are sensitive to harsh words / tone of voice.||Loving companion: they demand cuddles and may need to be surgically removed from your lap or chest.|
|Confident and friendly: they get on well with children.||Self-assured, feisty, spirited and assertive.
Fearless but suspicious of strangers. They like to run away and escape.
|Enjoys the warmth, comfort, safety and security of the indoors. They will sprawl across your body and groan if you need to roll him off.||Loves comfort: the lump under the blanket is usually the Min Pin.|
|Food driven.||Tough on toys: they will rip stuffed animals to shreds.|
|Enjoys daily outside bursts of activity.||Dynamic, athletic, agile, energetic and in perpetual motion.|
|Life of the party with other dogs.||Dominant with other creatures. Tendency towards aggression with other animals and chasing instincts.|
|Inquisitive explorer.||Always observing, thinking and planning what to do next. Busy, intense – destructive when bored.|
|Mimics the owner: they can become more laid back or more outgoing. Loyal and comical.||Alert / keenly observant and territorial: watchdog role taken very seriously.|
|Noisy: burps, flatulence, snorts, snores.||They love to bark.|
I think Betty is so amazing that I have written to Sooam Biotech in South Korea to ask if they are running their competition to clone a pet dog again. The previous winner was Rebecca Smith, a chef from West London, who had her beloved Dachshund, Winnie, cloned in 2014. I have received a reply to tell me that the competition is not running at the moment, but they will consider Betty if the situation changes in the future. Meanwhile, I was sent costs and instructions for cloning and cell banking. It’s way too expensive for me, but I read that Simon Cowell was thinking of stumping up the cash to clone his Yorkshire Terriers, Squiddly and Diddly.