Did we all know the queen invented a dog breed

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When it comes to the royals, we love one random fact as much as the next (eg did we all know Meghan Markle can speak Spanish? Or that Prince William has been on a drug raid before in Wed ?). Ready for another? Good! Because today it has come to our attention that the Queen is essentially a dog whisperer – as it is believed that Her Majesty may well be responsible for inventing her own breed of dog.

As reported by PEOPLE, the story goes that HRH, who has long been a fan of a corgi (as we all know), was instrumental in creating a hybrid breed of dog known as the ‘dorgi’, which is a cross between a corgi and a dachshund. The latter being a favorite breed of her sister, Princess Margaret … in essence, one thing led to another when one of the Queen’s doggies, Tiny, was left alone with Margaret’s dachshund, Pipkin, and thus, the dorgi was born!

The mix proved to be so popular with the Royal Family that they continued to breed them for decades thereafter, with Her Majesty currently owning a dorgi (Candy) along with two regular corgis,.

The queen pictured in 1976 with one of her beloved dorgis

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Her Majesty has long been a fan of dogs, and it is estimated that she now owns more than thirty since her accession to the throne as Queen of the Commonwealth Realms in 1952.

In 2007, the queen’s royal brood of puppies consisted of five corgis – Monty, Emma, ​​Linnet, Willow and Holly – five cockers (charmingly named Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick and Span) and four dorgis, called Cider , Berry, Vulcain and Candy.

Three of his corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly even had a starring tour at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, as part of a skit that saw Daniel Craig (in the character of James Bond) head towards Buckingham Palace to accompany Her Majesty to the sporting event.

Earlier this year in March, when her husband Prince Philip was ill in hospital before his death, the Queen’s son Prince Andrew bought his mother two new pet corgis for him keep company during difficult times. The dogs were named Fergus and Muick by Her Majesty, in honor of his mother’s Scottish heritage, but Fergus tragically died in May at just five months old, from a heart defect in the birth.

His family then gave him another corgi in June 2021, around the time of what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday.

So there you have it, not only does the Queen own all of the UK’s dolphins (and a bat colony), but she’s also responsible for inventing a whole new kind of animal while she’s there!

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