The Queen’s favorite dog breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, has grown in popularity, according to new figures.
There were 1,223 of the dogs registered in 2021, which is the highest number recorded for the breed in nearly 30 years, according to Kennel Club (TKC) data.
It is also the first time that the breed’s numbers have topped 1,000 since 1994.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the dog welfare organization, which counts the monarch as its patron, has examined the ups and downs of the breed’s popularity during its 70 years of reign.
Ownership of the Queen as well as recent starring roles in the TV series The Crown have helped bring corgis into the public spotlight over the years.
He says that in 1944, the year Susan, the Queen’s first Pembroke Corgi, was born, the breed jumped 56% in popularity.
From there, the number rose steadily before peaking at almost 9,000 puppies in 1960, seven years after the Queen’s coronation.
The advances in broadcasting which saw the nation rushing around its television sets for the Queen’s first televised Christmas address in 1957 and also getting a closer look at the Royal Family meant they had glimpses of her beloved corgis too , according to TKC.
In 2014, only 274 puppies were born and this record saw the corgi placed on TKC’s list of ‘vulnerable’ native breeds, which monitors breeds that have fewer than 300 annual puppy records each year.
Another burst of TV interest was created with The Crown, Netflix’s award-winning series about the life of the royal family, and the breed was subsequently removed from TKC’s “must watch” breeds list in early 2018 after an increase of 16%.
TKC spokesman Bill Lambert said: “We are delighted to see so many dog lovers flying the flag of our native British and Irish breeds, and in particular to see the Pembroke Welsh Corgi once again become a well-loved breed. loved across the country, in such an important year for the Queen.
“The breed has certainly had a boom in recent years, largely due to their starring roles in The Crown, but the Queen was instrumental in bringing corgis into the public consciousness originally, so what wonderful testament to his 70th year on the throne, to see his beloved breed experience a resurgence in popularity.
Diana King, Vice President of the Welsh Corgi League, said: “With the growing popularity of the breed, it is more important than ever that anyone looking to buy a corgi puppy takes the time to research their decision and not simply choose . a race based on seeing it on TV.
“Instead, they should speak to breed experts to learn more about the characteristics of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and how it may fit into their lifestyle, as well as to choose a responsible breeder who will always give the priority to the health and well-being of the breed.”
TKC said six native British breeds – including the Bedlington Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cairn Terrier, Irish Terrier, Norfolk Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier – have been removed from the watch list.
The Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog and Miniature Bull Terrier have all gone from vulnerable to vigilant, with the latter nearly doubling in popularity.