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Published 13th Mar 2012
A new hybrid defence dog has been bred in the USA to have porcupine spikes instead of fur.
Scientists took German shepherd embryos and then used a genetic model of a porcupine to modify the dogs’ genetics so they encoded for spikes.
The spikes work in a similar way to those on a porcupine - when the dog gets angry or scared it raises them in an attempt to look more threatening in order to scare off the threat.
When the dog is relaxed the spines lay down flat against the dog’s skin and are not at all dangerous, in fact they look very similar to the dog’s natural fur.
Although only a handful of these animals have been bred so far, the company who designed them are aiming to trial them in police and defence work.