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Surprising royal addition to America’s Top Ten favourite breeds

Corgi sits on red and gold throne dog-happy
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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi - a favourite breed of the British monarch – is listed within last year's top ten favourite breeds of Americans. And we know the reason why.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 06/05/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28


Queen Elizabeth II might no longer have a Corgi by her side, but throughout her life she has owned and bred more than 30 dogs of the Welsh herding breed.

And it would seem her love of the breed is now shared by hordes of Americans. The Corgi has finally appeared in the top ten favourite breeds of 2019 as published by the American Kennel Club. Just nine places behind the Labrador sitting proud at the top.

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Brandi Hunter, the AKC's vice president of public relations and communications told CNN she believed the rise in the Corgi’s popularity may be due in part to its being featured on television and in film.

Arguably the Corgis’ most famous cameo was in the James Bond sketch at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. The breed also features in the historical series The Crown.

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The Queen’s last Corgi Willow was put down in 2018, spelling the end of the reign of the Corgi in the Royal households. Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan: a Corgi given to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th in 1944.

Two ‘dorgis’ remain - a crossbreed of Corgi and Dachshund – called Vulcan and Candy. The pair featured on the front cover of Vanity Fair in 2016.