Diamond Jubilee Special – The Queen and Her Corgis
After a significant decline in popularity over the past decade, a renewed surge of interest in the Corgi breed has occurred. The Kennel Club recently reported an increased demand for Corgi puppies, presumably due in no small part to the fact that this is the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The royal family have embraced dogs for generations, from Pugs to Greyhounds, King Charles Spaniels to Collies. Indeed, the Queen’s love for her dogs has been widely reported, with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi her breed of choice. To celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, Groomers have therefore composed a profile of the Queen’s beloved dog, and Her Majesty’s relationship with the breed.
The Queen’s Chosen Breed
The Queen’s father, King George VI, first introduced the breed to the royal household in 1933. The family’s first dog was called Dookie, and he was bought from a renowned local kennels. The Queen’s first Corgi of her own was a gift from her father, given to her for her 18th birthday. The dog was called Susan, and many of the queen’s Corgis have been direct descendants of this first dog.
The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs over the years, although currently she only has three Corgis – Monty, Willow and Holly, as well as three Dachshund-Corgi cross dogs, called Cider, Vulcan and Candy. These dogs have their own special apartment, where the Queen looks after them herself as much as possible. Freshly cooked meals are provided for the canines daily, and the Queen even reputedly makes personalised Christmas stockings for her dogs, which include biscuits, chocolate drops and toys.
The Corgi Breed
There are two types of Corgi – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. These small herding dogs originated in Wales, and are one of the oldest recorded dog breeds in Britain. The Cardigan type of Welsh Corgi was considered an endangered breed for a long while, but like its Pembroke cousin, the royal connection has created a surge of interest in the breed once again.
The Corgi breed is low-set yet sturdy, and is surprisingly strong for its stature. They have a short to medium length coat, with a thick weatherproof undercoat.
Considering the Corgi as a Pet?
In the right hands, Corgis make devoted pets that are lively, active, alert, intelligent and tough. They are practical breed, the size of a small dog, yet robust and feisty. These dogs were originally working dogs, so they are naturally active, and need plenty of physical and mental exercise.
These dogs are happy in either the town or the country, and can comfortably live in a house or a flat. Grooming this breed is not a difficult task – they will mainly need a regular brush to clear out the dead coat, and would benefit from a wash with Groomers Crown Coat Shampoo when necessary.
It is important to remember though that you should never purchase a dog spontaneously or on a whim, and Corgi ownership is no different. These dogs are not lapdogs, and they are certainly not fashion items. Corgis can live for around 12-15 years, and are therefore a long-term commitment to consider carefully.