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A brief history of Dogs at Buckingham Palace

01 . May .2023Katy van suilchem0 Comments

May was an exciting month for our country as we celebrated the coronation of King Charles III. Just like our Cobbydog customers, the Royal Family are dog people! 

It’s not just Corgis that have themselves as companions of the Royals, there are many different breeds that have resided in the House of Windsor.

To celebrate the Coronation that took place earlier this month, we thought we would take a look back at some of the different dog breeds that have lived at Buckingham Palace:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Queen Victoria was a keen dog person. She had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Dash, who is now buried on the grounds of Windsor with the epitaph: 

His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, and his fidelity without deceit. READER, if you would live beloved and die regretted profit by the example of DASH.


When Queen Victoria married dog lover Prince Albert in 1840, their joint love for dogs led to them owning various different breeds of dogs over the years. The 1840s saw a new breed of dog arrives from Germany, the Dachshund! The Queen and Prince Albert were very fond of their Dachshund, Deckel. 


King George V adopted his family's love for dogs from the rest of his family, growing a particular fondness for terriers. He had four Terriers, Happy, Jack, Snip, and Bob.


King George VI owned a number of Labradors as gun dogs and pets. He was a fan of yellow Labradors, which were a rare breed in the early twentieth century. 


Possibly the dog most affiliated with the royals is the Corgi. The queen grew up with these adorable dogs, with her father’s Corgi Dookie being a beloved family member. She was gifted a Corgi for her eighteenth birthday, Susan, and has since bred puppies, including Dorgis, a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund.

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