After years of declining popularity, it would seem that the Queens favourite type of dog – the corgi – is set for a boost. According to the Kennel Club, the breed has seen a boost in popularity this year, which sees the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
According to the Kennel Club, the popularity of the Queens favourite breed – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi – rose by a third this year, with over five and a half thousand searches on its website for corgis this year.
The Queens owns three corgis: Monty, Willow and Holly, who travel often with the Queen to her various residences and get personal attention from the Queen as much as her diary allows.
The Pembroke breed is the smaller of the two breeds of Welsh corgis, standing at around 10-12 inches and weighing about 13kgs. Cardigan corgis are slightly larger, around an inch taller and a kilo or so heavier. The Pembroke has a smaller tail than the Cardigan breed, with both having a fox-like face and thick coat, ideal for working outside.
The Pembroke Welsh corgi and its cousin the Cardigan Welsh corgi are both native dogs which are considered vulnerable to disappearing. There are relatively small numbers of births registered each year for the breeds.
Traditionally being a working dog used for herding, the dogs tend to be healthy and have a good life expectancy of well over ten years. They have a bark belying their small stature, created by their large lungs which increase the dogs fitness after generations of work. They are loyal, alert, fun-loving, even-tempered and confident, giving them all the qualities of a good family dog.
As with most things, dog breeds go in and out of fashion with different groups of people, but hopefully the Queen’s celebrations will continue to increase the popularity of the corgi and provide families with friendship for years to come.