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It's a brilliant business concept that could be either sweet or slightly creepy, depending on which way you look at it.

A US-based company is providing delight to animal lovers the world over by creating customised fluffy toy versions of beloved family pets.

Kentucky business Cuddle Clones can create a lifelike copy of anything from a guinea pig to a horse or even a micro pig, but by far its biggest orders come from producing cuddly stuffed dopplegangers of man's best friend. 

Cuddle Clones

Spot the difference

Founder Jennifer Graham came up with the idea after her Great Dane, Rufus, passed away a few years ago. 

Moved to honour his memory, she decided to make a bespoke copy of him in cuddly toy form. 

"[I thought] It would be great to have a stuffed animal of Rufus!" she explains. "Not a generic stuffed animal but one that was 100% custom-made to look JUST like him."

Cuddle Clones

The toy version of this Alsatian is rather less imposing

The inspiration for Cuddle Clones as a company came soon after, and business boomed rapidly as pet toy orders flooded in from all over the world. 

All customers need to do is send in a photo of their dog/cat/guinea pig to the company, and Jennifer and her team will handle it from there, crafting a bespoke and impressively realistic model.

Cuddle Clones

Like cat, like toy

Of course, you may want to commission a toy just for the sake of it, but the Metro reports that 40% of sales at the company come from people who have lost their pet and want something to remember them by. 

Models are also frequently commissioned for sick children in hospital, who are missing their pets at home. 

Cuddle clones

A chip off the old block...

Cuddle Clone wants to "capture the emotional connection between people and their pets through our customized products", according to a mission statement on its website. 

However, this service does come at a price; a cuddly version of your dog, cat, horse or other large pet will set you back $199 (£129), or it costs $129 (£83.50) to re-create rabbits and other smaller animals.

Deliveries can be arranged for the UK, although it may take up to four weeks for the model to be made. 

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