The Queen once needed three stiches after being bitten by a Corgi.
Her Majesty received the nip to her hand while trying to break up a fight between six of her Corgis and two of the Queen Mother’s at Windsor.
The breed, which the Queen remains devoted to, as evidence by her latest two puppies, have played a big part and been a cheeky presence in the royal household.
Her Majesty has long been associated with the Welsh breed after she was given a dog named Susan by her parents on her 18th birthday in 1944.
It’s been more than two years since her last Corgis, Willow and Whisper, died in 2018, but the 94-year-old also has an elderly Dorgi (Corgi-Dachshund cross) called Candy, whose brother Vulcan died of old age last year.
Although there were many stories that the little dogs were habitual nippers of servants’ ankles, the Queen has always been devoted to the breed.
Her father King George VI introduced Dookie and Jane to the Royal Family in 1933, and the Queen herself has owned more than 30 Corgis, with many being direct descendants bred from Susan.
The Queen also helped introduce Dorgis as a popular breed when her Corgi Tiny was mated with a Dachshund called Pipkin owned by her sister Princess Margaret.
The Queen looked after her pets whenever her schedule permitted, mixing their feed with a spoon and fork, from ingredients brought on a tray by a footman.
It was said that if the Queen came in wearing a tiara, the Corgis would lie glumly on the carpet but if she was in a headscarf, they knew it was time for a walk.
As well as being the scourge of servants – not their fault as Corgis are ‘heelers’ and trained to nip at the heels of the cattle they drove and guarded – Whisky, a grandson of Susan, was even said to have taken a bite out of the seat of a Guards officer’s trousers.
Singer Max Bygraves once revealed how, when dining with the Queen, a flatulent Corgi left him red-faced. “I hope you don’t think that was me,” he told the Queen.
In 2012, one of the Queen’s Corgis, Monty, had a starring role in the James Bond sketch that the Queen recorded for the London Olympics opening ceremony.
Monty and two other pets, Willow and Holly, greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the Palace to accept a mission from the Queen.
The dogs ran down the stairs, performed tummy rolls and then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, carrying Bond and a stunt double of the Queen.
There are two Corgi breeds – the Pembroke favoured by the Royal Family, and the slightly larger Cardigan. The Kennel Club says the Cardigan is thought to be the older breed.
The word Corgi is thought to be rooted in the Celtic ‘cor’ meaning dwarf and ‘gi’ – dog. They were bred for driving cattle – hence the ankle-nipping – where their short legs worked well on the Welsh hillsides.
The Cardigan was once known affectionately as the Yard Dog (Ci Llatharid), because the measurement from his nose to the end of his tail was a Welsh yard (102 cm/40 in). He is the longer-bodied of the two breeds and his front legs are slightly bowed.
At one time the Cardigan and the Pembroke were allowed to interbreed freely, but in 1934 The Kennel Club recognised them as two separate breeds.
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The Kennel Club describes Corgis as low-set, strong, sturdily built, alert and active with an outgoing and friendly temperament that is never nervous or aggressive. They typically live for at least 12 years.
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