Queen heartbroken: Devastating real reason monarch stopped breeding her beloved corgis
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The Queen received her first corgi Susan on her 18th birthday by her parents, as she had always loved her father’s dog Dookie, who was also a corgi. From Susan, the Queen created her famous dynasty of corgis and has bred at least ten generations of pups since World War 2. However, in 2018 her last corgi died, leaving her with two dorgis — corgis crossed with dachshunds.
Royal watchers were left wondering why the Queen had finally brought an end to Susan’s extensive family tree after owning more than 30 corgis.
Writing in The Telegraph in 2015, Victoria Ward explained: “It is understood that the monarch has stopped breeding Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgies because she does not want to leave any behind when she dies.
“Monty Roberts, a horse whisperer who has regularly advised the Queen and is a frequent guest at the royal residences, has revealed that she told him that she did not want any more pups.”
Mr Roberts reportedly urged the Queen to keep breeding more dogs in 2012.
Yet, he told Vanity Fair: “She didn’t want to have any more young dogs.
“She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind.
“She wanted to put an end to it.”
Mr Roberts added that the conversation’s tone left him rather “concerned”, especially as the Queen appears to still be in robust health despite celebrating her 94th birthday this year.
The Telegraph also claimed that the monarch once said: “My corgis are my family.”
She is keen to feed them and walk them every day herself when she can.
Mr Roberts explained: “Dogs live for less time than human beings and we know we’re going to lose them — but they are part of the Queen’s family.”
The Queen’s last pure-bred corgi died in 2018 at the age of 15.
She now has two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy.
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The unusual breed was created when Princess Margaret’s dachshund Pipkin mated with one of the Queen’s corgis years ago.
However, the Queen’s dogs did not always get along well with the pets of fellow royals.
The Queen Mother’s dog Ranger led a pack of corgis which ended up killing one of the Queen’s dorgis, called Chipper, leaving the monarch devastated.
Then in 2003 a tenth-generation pup from Susan was mauled by Princess Anne’s English bull terrier, Dottie.
The dog, called Pharos, had to be put down after its legs were severely injured and broken in three separate places.
The corgis have developed a reputation for their difficult temperaments too.
In 1954, Susan was accused of biting the royal clockwinder, while one of the Queen Mother’s dogs bit a policeman on guard duty in the same year.
The Royal Family also reportedly hired an animal psychologist to tame the dogs after they kept nipping royal staff.
The Queen herself was bitten by one of her beloved pets in 1991 when trying to separate ten or so of her corgis who were fighting, and had to get three stitches on her hand.
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