Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Stops Breeding Dogs

The monarch currently owns seven dogs and has bred Corgis for more than 50 years.

Posted: May 27, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has decided to stop breeding Corgis after two of her nine dogs died recently, The Sun newspaper reports.

The 83-year-old monarch has bred the dogs since 1944, when her parents gave the then 18-year-old princess her first Corgi, Susan. The 30 or so dogs the queen has owned have all descended from Susan, who died in 1959.

“It’s hard to imagine her walking around Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle without them around her feet,” a palace insider told the newspaper.

“But it’s a sign she realizes she is getting older and can’t look after such a large pack.”

The queen’s remaining seven dogs, including four Corgi-Dachshund mixes, range in age from just a few years to around 10.

“By the time her younger dogs reach old age she will be about 90 and so it makes sense not to replace any that die,” the source said.

Royal watcher and author Phil Dampier says the queen is devoted to her dogs.

“The queen feeds them from the table with tidbits and even mixes up some cooked meats, biscuits and gravy every tea-time, which she puts in silver bowls,” he says.

“It will be hard for her not to breed any more of them but she’s made a decision for sensible reasons.”


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Rosemary   Grand Rapids, MI

4/29/2010 12:15:50 PM

I believe she has made a wise choice in not breeding anymore. I also have corgis, I bred them once and kept half the litter one which had a bad heart the vet said she wouldn't make it a year but through good vet care and us taking care of her she passed away just before she turned 6. I still have my three now and wouldn't own another breed.

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Charles   Valrico, FL

3/11/2010 7:25:45 PM

I think it is a sound decision by the Queen as she is getting on, how ever it would be nice if her sons carried on the royal tradition in honor of the Queen and the breed.

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Dolores   St Simons Island, GA

1/28/2010 9:08:49 AM

Yes, the Queen has made a good decision. I love seeing pictures of her with her dogs and hope for many more years.

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Mary   Jackson, MS

6/1/2009 4:01:56 PM

I,too, have Corgis. They are easy to love and fun to know. It just makes me sad to think she has come to this point. But yes...I know she has made a wise choice.

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