Barbra Streisand Reveals She Had Her Beloved Dog Samantha Cloned – Twice

posted: 03/07/18
by: Amanda Mushro

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Ask any dog lover and they will tell you that their pup is the absolute best. So it's no wonder when our dogs begin to age and we think about losing them, many pet owners wish they could clone their dogs. While this may be wishful thinking for many of us and sound more like a science fiction movie than a reality, the legendary Barbra Streisand is showing off her new puppies, who are clones of her previous dog.

Streisand revealed to Variety that when her beloved 14-year-old Coton du Tulear dog Samantha began having complications due to her age, she had the dog cloned - twice. Streisand says she had cells taken from Samantha's mouth and stomach, and when the dog sadly passed away in May of 2017, she welcomed two new pups into her home shortly after. The puppies, named Violet and Scarlet, are clones of Samantha-- meaning all three dogs have matching DNA.

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"They have different personalities," she told Variety. "I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have (Samantha's) brown eyes and seriousness." In addition to the two new puppies, Streisand has a third dog, Miss Fanny, who is a distant cousin of Samantha. Streisand named this pup after Fanny Brice from 1968 film "Funny Girl," which she won an Oscar.

So how much can you expect to pay to have your pet cloned? NPR reports that in 2015, one company was reportedly charging $100,000 to clone a dog. However, another company says they charge $50,000 to clone a dog and $25,000 to clone a cat. Cat lovers--looks like you are getting a better deal. The company also offers what they are calling "genetic preservation" where you pay for $1,600 to have a veterinarian perform a biopsy on the pet to remove tissue. Then you have the option to save the tissue for a later time to have cloned or test on future scientific breakthroughs.

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So for the average pet owner, having our dogs and cats cloned seems out of our budget. But if you had the money, would have your pet cloned? Knowing that your pet would have the same DNA but not necessarily the same personality, would it be worth it to have a piece of your pet forever? We want to hear from you, so tell us in the comments.