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4 Dog Breeds Loved by Royals

Our fascination with finding the perfect companion goes back many centuries. The royal family are no different from any other family when it comes to loving and caring for a beloved pet. They do have their favourites, just like any pet parent, and have a preference for certain breeds. The following are the four favourite breeds loved by royals.



Corgis are without a doubt Queen Elizabeth II’s most celebrated and popular breed of dog she is known to love. It is said she has owned over 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis during her reign.

Corgis are a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. The name “corgi” is derived from the Welsh words “cor” and “ci”, meaning “dwarf” and “dog”.

Two separate breeds are recognised: the  Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. There are physical differences between the two different breeds. According to the breed standards, overall the Cardigan is larger, both in weight and height.


Prince William and Kate have chosen the cocker spaniel as their preferred breed. After losing their dog Lupo in 2020 they welcomed a new cocker spaniel puppy in 2021.

Cocker spaniels are known for being gentle, easy-going, and affectionate yet lively. They are generally considered good with children. They tend to be non-aggressive toward other animals and people, but that also means they are not dogs that will make great watchdogs.



Princess Anne is known for her interest in bull terriers. Her terriers had made headlines in 2002 when her dog Dotty attacked two children in Hyde Park, and a year later, her dog Florence fatally mauled the queen’s corgi Pharos.

Bull terriers make great family dogs but need guidance and discipline to help them control their active nature.



The two ‘Royal Spaniels’ – King Charles and the Cavalier have been a loved miniature spaniel breed in noble courts for centuries.

During Tudor times, they were quite popular among ladies at court, but King Charles II gave these breeds royal assent. It is said that King Charles was always seen with 2-3 spaniels at his side.

Due to their noble history, It is no wonder that Princess Margaret was a lover of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and lovingly owned a few during her lifetime.

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