As a nation of certified dog lovers, it will come as no surprise that the royal family are the proud owners of several canine companions. The Queen was known for her love of dogs, and owned more than 30 Corgis during her reign! The late monarch's passion was shared with many other members of the royal family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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It's not just Corgis that make the cut as the royals' favourite dog breed. Prince William and Princess Kate own an adorable English Cocker Spaniel, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle adopted a rescue Labrador when they relocated to the UK. Once the royals find a breed that they bond with, they will often make sure they’ve got one, or two or even five in some cases, next to them for life.
With the help of the Wisdom Panel’s Royal Canine expert, we've rounded up the favourite royal pup breeds. Keep scrolling to discover more…
The Queen's corgis kept the late monarch in good canine company for decades. She was given her first corgi Susan when she was just 18, and even took the beloved pet on her honeymoon with Prince Philip.
Corgis are known for being happy, loving, and intelligent, but with a stubborn or independent streak at times. They are easy to train and can be extremely docile, (especially when tempted with food!).
Many of the royals have owned Labradors, and it's easy to see why. This dog breed is known for being gentle, loyal and possesses a strong desire to please its owners.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have adopted a Labrador named Pula since moving to the United States - and we bet Archie Harrison and little Lilibet Diana love growing up with a furry friend in their home!
Back in 2019, Duchess Kate and Prince William enjoyed some Labrador puppy cuddles during a visit to an Army Canine Centre, where the UK provides support to a programme that trains dogs to identify explosive devices. Duchess Kate beamed as she was greeted by two adorable white lab pups.
When Meghan relocated to the UK in 2017 after her engagement to Prince Harry, she was only able to bring one of her rescue dogs – a beagle named Guy with her, after her other dog Bogart was too old to make the transatlantic journey.
Beagles are gentle, fun-loving hounds who require plenty of exercise and companionship with their owners. A popular royal dog, the Beagle was originally bred to be a hunting breed, due to its superior sense of smell and expert tracking abilities.
The sensitive Beagle with a deep fondness for human companionship was a favourite of King Henry VIII during the Tudor period.
English Cocker Spaniel
In 2012, Kate's brother, James Middleton, gifted the family an eight-month-old spaniel. The royal couple are known to be dog lovers and previously owned an English Cocker Spaniel named Lupo. The sweet dog sadly died in November 2020, with William and Kate sharing the sad news on social media.
The oh-so-popular Cocker Spaniel is a highly affectionate pup and makes the ultimate companion. This loving, intelligent breed will form a fiercely loyal bond with its family.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Duchess of Cornwall has always been fond of animals, taking over Patronage of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home from the Queen - where she adopted her two rescue Jack Russell Terriers, Beth and Bluebell. Camilla gave the pups a new lease of life after they were found in desperate need of help.
The Duchess told the BBC: "[Battersea Dogs and Cats Home] found Bluebell two or three weeks later wandering about in woods, no hair on her, covered in sores, virtually dead."
"They nursed her back to life and her hair grew again. She's very sweet, but a tiny bit neurotic, shall we say," she continued.
Indeed, Jack Russell's can be loving and loyal, but are an athletic breed that requires a lot of attention and exercise. These energetic pups also have a tendency to get vocal if they don't get their way.
The Queen's love for corgis was widely well-known, but did you know the royal also had a soft spot for dachshund crosses? The royal not only owned corgis but also dorgis – including her beloved crossbreed Vulcan who sadly passed away in 2020.
Queen Victoria was also a sausage dog owner and loved the famously noisy, fun-loving and headstrong breed of dog. The Queen's personality changed significantly during the course of her reign, but one constant was her love for dogs, launching the first Royal Kennels, becoming a patron of the RSPCA and most significantly introducing the idea of dogs as household pets leading to a surge of dog ownership in Victorian times.
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