Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Her Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Though they reach a maximum height of just a little over 12 inches, Welsh corgis do a great job at what they were bred for: herding cattle. Unlike other large herding dogs like Collies, who run around livestock, corgis nip at the heels of cattle.
But there is pair of more royal heels that a few lucky corgis are always near — the heels of Queen Elizabeth II, who is famously fond of Pembroke Welsh corgis (one of the two corgi breeds, the other being the Cardigan Welsh corgi, both named for the counties in Wales where they originated). , starting with Susan, a present she received from her father.
The first corgi was brought by the Royal family in 1935 by the King from Rossevelt Kennel. Rossevelt Golden Eagle did not stayed long with the royal family and had to return to the kennel as the royal family had to moved home. King George VI, when he was the Duke of York bought another corgi, on the occasion of Queen’s 18th birthday in 1944. She was Susan. The Queen always has always had at least four corgis and has been the guardian for over 30 corgis during her reign. She has seven left.
In 2009, the Queen, who stopped breeding Welsh Pembroke corgis after the death of two of her beloved corgis fearing that new puppies would “outlive her”. Welsh Corgis will forever be associated with the Royal Household.