The queen and her corgis: her special relationship with the dog breed

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If you didn’t know anything else about Queen Elizabeth throughout her life, you probably knew about her love for corgis. And if you didn’t know, well the fact that she owned over 30 in her lifetime should be enough to convince you.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – 1974: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holiday in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Legend has it that the Queen’s fascination with the dog breed began when she was a 7-year-old princess. She asked for one after seeing her friend’s Pembroke Welsh corgi. Their energy and wit are believed to have captivated the young princess and although the dog was mainly bred in Wales, his father, King George VI, located a breeder in England.

July 1936: Princess Elizabeth sitting on a garden seat with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth exercising one of her Corgi dogs in London’s Hyde Park. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Princess Elizabeth received a corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday in 1944. After which she raised Susan with another dog in 1949, creating the royal family’s ‘dog dynasty’, as the majority of puppies owned by the royal family were descendants of Susan; at least 14 generations.

Princess Royal Elizabeth (Elizabeth II) holding a Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog, UK. Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Susan died aged 15 and Willow, the last surviving Royal Family dog, died in 2018. The Queen stopped breeding at age 90 because she didn’t want to leave any after her death.

Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles beamingly during a photo opportunity in the drawing room of Sandringham House. Her pet dog looks at her. These photos were taken as part of the Royal Family’s planned tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Although there were no more corgis descended from Susan, the queen still had a few furry friends running around the palace; 2 corgis and a dorgi.

Muick, one of the corgis, was given to her after Prince Phillip passed away. The second corgi was given to her in June 2021. She also had a dorgi, a mix of dachshund and corgi.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 16: Queen Elizabeth II meets players and officials of New Zealand Rugby League team, the All Golds, inside the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace in London, in England. (Photo by POOL/Tim Graham Image Library/Getty Images)

Plans for his remaining dogs have not been disclosed. It seems that the family will take on this responsibility.

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