Dog breeds

7 dog breeds loved by the royal family

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The royal family has a long and well-known love for dogs. For centuries Monarchs have cared for puppies of all shapes and sizes, including Corgis, Labrador Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers and Cocker Spaniels.

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations well underway, we’ve taken a deep dive into the world of the Royal Family’s furry friends. Take a look at everything you need to know…

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The Queen is often associated with her love for Corgis, supposedly owning more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs during her reign. They also belonged to her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, September 28, 1952.



Lupo was an English cocker spaniel owned by Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He sadly passed away in November 2020 after many happy years with the family.

More recently, the Queen also received a Cocker Spaniel named Lissy, proving that her love for dogs goes far beyond her beloved Corgis.

Pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carries his dog Lupo during the Golden Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup polo match.


King Charles Spaniel

Princess Margaret wanted something different from the Corgis so loved by her sister, so she got her very own King Charles Spaniel named Rowley.

Pictured: Princess Margaret and her then-fiancé Antony Armstrong-Jones petting their pet King Charles Spaniel, at Royal Lodge, Windsor.


jack russell terrier

Prince Charles is a longtime owner of Jack Russell terriers, loving the breed for many years. As well as having them when he was growing up, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have two adorable rescue Jack Russell Terriers named Bluebell and Beth.

Pictured: Prince Charles with his pet dog Jack Russell Terrier at Smiths Lawn Polo Ground Windsor circa 1970s


Labrador Retrievers

King George VI owned a number of Labradors as hunting dogs and pets. According to, he was particularly fond of yellow Labradors, which were still relatively rare at the start of the 20th century.

Pictured: George VI with his dogs in the grounds of the Royal Lodge, Windsor, June 1936


bull terriers

Princess Anne has cared for English Bull Terriers for decades, although her puppies aren’t always known for their good behavior.

Pictured: Princess Anne walks her Bull Terrier dogs as she attends the Gatcombe Equestrian Trials at Gatcombe Park


norfolk terrier

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are both avid owners of the adorable Norfolk Terriers. In fact, the York family owns four Jack Terriers, Cici, Teddy and Ginger.

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