April 20, 2006

world's most famous corgi-lover turns 80

her majesty, queen elizabeth II, patron of the british kennel club and the world's most famous corgi lover, turns 80 today. congratulations! the queen is known as a horsewoman and avid dog lover, but did you know that she also contributed to the trend of blending à la schnoodle?

from 80 facts about the queen:

58 The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. The Queen currently has five corgis, Emma, Linnet, Monty, Holly and Willow.

59 The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the "dorgi" when one of Her Majesty's corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret. The Queen currently has four dorgis, Cider, Berry, Candy and Vulcan.

60 As well as corgis and dorgis, The Queen also breeds and trains Labradors and Cocker Spaniels at Sandringham. There is a special Sandringham strain of black Labrador founded in
labradors and spaniels are bred at the royal kennels at sandringham. it is said that the queen names all the puppies.

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