Britain’s first cloned dog has been born after owner Rebecca Smith won a £60,000 contest. Winnie, a 12-year-old dachshund, was reproduced as a puppy called “mini Winnie” in a laboratory. The incredible test tube process will give hope for millions of dog owners looking to immortalise their pets in the future. Rebecca, 29, said: “We Brits do have a close attachment to our dogs, so it is exciting. My sausage dog is very special but she is 12 and not going to be around forever. My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned.’ “Then I read an article about it and there was a competition to get your pet cloned. “We sent in some videos and it just sort of snowballed from there.” Rebecca, a caterer from West London, travelled from Britain to Seoul, South Korea, and witnessed “mini Winnie” being born on March 30. Cloning company Sooam Biotech now hopes thousands of other Brits will follow Rebecca’s lead, despite the hefty £60,000 price tag. More