The black Labrador pups, three female and two male, are just the latest of many animal species that have been successfully artificially inseminated with sex-sorted sperm to achieve the desired outcome – female or male offspring. To date, Sex Selection Technology developed by XY Inc. has been used to produce hundreds of thousands of sex-selected offspring of various animal species, including cattle, horses and sheep. The technology has also been successful in elk, domestic cats, the bottle-nosed dolphin and the Mediterranean water buffalo.
XY Inc. is an international biotechnology company based in Fort Collins, Colorado, and holds worldwide licenses and patents to the technology used to produce these puppies. The technology is revolutionizing animal breeding, particularly the dairy cattle industry in which literally millions of dairy cows are needed to satisfy the need for increased milk supply in developing countries.
"Over the last several years, XY Inc. has been approached by organizations breeding seeing-eye dogs or dogs used by law-enforcement agencies and the military. These groups have an interest in breeding technology as a way to improve and expand their breeding pools of animals desired for certain traits or temperament," said Dr. Mervyn Jacobson, president/CEO of XY Inc..
In the case of seeing-eye dogs, Labradors, particularly females, are a desired breed due to their calm and gentle disposition and intelligence. While this technology typically guarantees at least a 90-percent accuracy rate in selecting for the desired offspring in cattle and other animals in which the technology has been rigorously field-tested and used in breeding for many years, the Labrador litter of sex-selected puppies was 60 percent accurate in delivering the desired sex – female.