The History of Dogs in the British Royal Family
We all know how ‘royal’ your dog can be. They often become the king or queen of the household. But throughout the centuries of the British monarchy, both kings and queens have also had a soft spot for dogs. They have known to have held a range of duties, from hunting to companionship. Here are some of the most popular breeds of dogs throughout the history of the British monarchy:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, popular among European nobility, was brought to England in the 16th century. They were liked for being gentle dogs and known as ‘comforters’ at the time. King Charles II brought them into popular culture at the time and he was rarely seen without one. As the name suggests, King Charles II liked them so much, they were subsequently named after him. Larger strains of spaniel were bred by the Duke of Marlborough and became popular hunting dogs.
Many paintings, like the one above, show British royalty with King Charles Spaniels. They were one of the first dog breeds to become consistent within the royal lineage.
Wire Fox Terrier - ‘Caesar’
Caesar, the Wire Fox Terrier of the short reigning King Edward VII, was one of the most famous royal dogs for his unwavering loyalty to the King. Edward VII was very attached to Caesar. He slept next to the King’s bed and even had his own footman. King Edward had paintings of Caesar commissioned and even a statue by the House of Faberge. When the King passed away, Caesar stayed next to his body for a week and even followed the funeral procession.
King Edward VII alongside Caesar.
Caesar following the late King's’ funeral procession.
In 1933, King George IV brought home the first royal corgi. His name was Dookie and was an immediate hit with the royal family, whom have kept Corgis ever since. Elizabeth II kept the held the tradition of her father and started breeding Corgis, including Corgis crossed with Dachshunds. Corgis are now almost exclusively associated with Elizabeth II and many Corgi owners greet Elizabeth II at events with their own Corgis.
The royal family and their Corgis.
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is also the official start of the snow season in the high country regions of New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania. Is anyone celebrating the Queen’s Birthday with a long weekend getaway?
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