Queen Elizabeth II has been pictured with Pembroke Welsh Corgis by her side since she was a young girl, and the monarch bred the dogs for decades. Her Majesty is still associated closely with the breed, although her two remaining canine companions these days are “Dorgis”, a cross-breed between Corgis and Daschunds. However, the beloved Welsh breed suffered a decline in popularity in recent years, so much so that its dwindling numbers saw the Kennel Club take action.
Corgis had been added to the Kennel Club’s “At Watch” list of British breeds in 2009.
A breed becomes “At Watch” when it has between 300 and 450 registrations per year.
If the number drops to below the 300 mark, a breed is on the KC’s “Vulnerable Native Breeds” list.
However, in 2018, it was announced that the breed had bounced back to be taken off the list – thanks in part to the hit Netflix series The Crown.
Queen Elizabeth II; Olivia Colman playing Her Majesty in The Crown (Image: Getty/Netflix)
The Queen sitting for a portrait with a corgi (Image: Getty)
David Robson, of the Kennel Club, told the Telegraph: “The Crown has certainly been important in the resurgence of the Corgi breed. It has increased interest in the breed.
“Following the transmission of the second series searches for the breed puppies on our website went up by 22 percent.”
He continued: “People used the have the impression that while Corgis were in the spotlight, because of the Queen, they could be seen by young people as an older person’s dog.
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Olivia Colman as the Queen in the new series of The Crown (Image: Getty)