It all started when Princess Margaret’s dachshund Pipkin mated with one of the Queen’s dogs.
Many are aware that Queen Elizabeth has had a lifelong love of dogs but not many know that she's been credited with inventing an entire breed! The 95-year-old royal has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign. According to the Guardian, in 2015 it was reported that Her Majesty had stopped breeding corgis because she did not want to leave any behind after she died. At the time she still had Vulcan and Candy who were known as "dorgis" a cross-breed between a dachshund and a corgi. Sadly Vulcan died in 2020.
Queen Elizabeth has been closely associated with her beloved dogs, but now the monarch only has one left. Vulcan, one of her two remaining dorgis, had died of old age. "Clearly the loss of a loved pet is upsetting,” a palace source saidhttps://t.co/LZ8Nvzqg3i— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) December 5, 2020
The dorgi hybrid was introduced into the royal household when Princess Margaret's dachshund Pipkin mated with one of the Queen's corgis. The royals have since been breeding them over the years, with names including Cider, Rum, Berry, Candy, Brandy, Chipper, Harris, Pickles, Piper, Tinker and Vulcan, reports PEOPLE. Queen Elizabeth's love for dogs goes as far back as her childhood. Her father, King George IV, introduced Queen Elizabeth to corgis for the first time in 1933. She was gifted a corgi named Susan by her father on her 18th birthday. She loved the pooch so much she even reportedly brought Susan on her honeymoon with Prince Philip.
According to MyDogBreeds, most corgis look like a little fox on short legs. The dorgi's appearance depends on how it takes up either more of the corgi or the dachshund’s traits. So you might not know what you're getting when you crossbreed. The dachshund originated in Germany in the 1500s whereas the corgi’s history goes back as far as 1107AD to some people but the Pembroke Welsh Corgi doesn’t have a traceable breed history. The breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom in 1934. They are a cattle herding dog breed and the dorgi tends to inherit the corgi’s herding instinct. They can have either the thick and coarse coat of a corgi or the short and smooth coat of the dachshund. Their coats can be different colors and may either have a bob tailor a long tail.
The royal dogs are adored not just by the Queen but by her children and grandchildren as well. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have taken in rescue pups, and Prince William and Kate Middleton have shown a liking for cocker spaniels. The monarch herself is the Patron of the Dogs Trust dog welfare organization in the U.K. Prince Harry and Meghan are also dog lovers. In fact, the Queen's pack instantly took a liking to the Duchess of Sussex when she was first introduced to the Queen. "The corgis took to her straight away," Harry revealed during the couple's engagement interview in 2018. "I've spent the last 33 years being barked at — [Meghan] walks in, absolutely nothing." Meghan added, "They were laying on my feet during tea!" Harry shared, 'Just wagging tails — and I was just like, argh." The couple now has two dogs of their own. Pula is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s black Labrador (a rescue dog adopted by Meghan and Harry after they got married) and Guy is their Beagle (who was his mom’s dog when she lived in Toronto during the filming of Suits), reports Parade.