We know how much Queen Elizabeth II loves her dogs, and the monarch is closely associated with the popularization of the Corgi breed. In fact, when the Queen first started owning them, the breed became one of the most popular in the UK, but has since slipped down the ranks. Since then she had her first at the age of 18, it is believed that she has had more than 30 in her lifetime.
But what many people may not realize is that many of the Queen’s dogs were not Corgis at all but Dorgis, a cross between the Dachshund and Corgi breed that the Queen herself is credited with creating. According to People, the story goes that one of Her Majesty’s Corgis, named Tiny, was left unattended with one of her sister Princess Margaret’s dachshunds, named Pipkin, and the two really bonded.
The result was the creation of the Dorgi, a hybrid between the two. Clearly, the Queen loved the new breed as she continued to breed them for decades after their initial creation. Currently, she has three dogs, a Dorgi named Candy and a pair of Corgis.
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Her Majesty is also used to having a few more dogs in the house. In 2007 she had five Corgis, Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow and Holly, five Cocker Spaniels, Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick and Span, as well as four Dorgis named Cider, Berry, Vulcan and Candy.
Corgis Monty, Willow and Holly even starred at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in the famous James Bond sequence which saw Daniel Craig in character accompany the Queen to the event.
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Her latest new dogs arrived last year when her son Prince Andrew bought the Queen a new pair of Corgis to keep her company when Prince Philip was in hospital. She named them Fergus and Muick, but Fergus tragically died aged just five months due to a heart defect.
His family then bought him another new Corgi in June 2021, on what would have been Prince Philip’s birthday just months after his death at the age of 99.
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