The Queen’s favourite dog breed

May 27, 2022 2 min read

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

As the country enjoys a long bank holiday and holds street parties to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we discover how the Corgi got their paws so firmly planted under the royal table.

Being a dog lover may involve you having a favourite dog breed. There are some dogs that certain people gravitate towards and feel a strong connection with.

As many will know, the Queen’s favourite dog breed is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are looking into why Corgi's became such loved members of the royal household. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi are traditionally droving* dogs from Pembrokeshire in South-West Wales. Known for their herding abilities, they make great companions on a farm as well as the family home.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi droving sheep on a farm

Why does the Queen favour the Pembroke Welsh Corgi?

For 70 years Queen Elizbeth II has had a lot of strict duties and strenuous responsibilities. Fortunately, her majesty has found a great companion in her Pembroke Welsh Corgis.  

The Queen loves to get out to the countryside when leaving her London home of Buckingham Palace. She loves farming and the traditions of herding animals, which corgis are great at.

Where her love began

It is likely that the Queen’s love for the breed began when she was seven years old and her father bought the first Royal Family Corgi, named Dookie.

One is not enough for one

Although the Queen has owned many Corgis during her childhood and her years on the throne, she enjoys having a full household of her furry companions.

The Queen always has several Corgi companions by her side and during the 1980s, the Queen owned up to 13 Pembroke Welsh Corgis at a time.

Do Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s make good family dogs?

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are great dogs for adapting to their environment. Therefore, they make great family dogs. They are flexible when it comes to changes in the household, which justifies why the Queen must love them so much. 


With an independent mind of their own and the ability to herd animals, Corgi’s are smart dogs. They can also be manipulative and in charge of getting what they want.


Pembroke Welsh corgis respond well to training. They are highly intelligent, and they excel in agility, which is key for increasing their obedience. It is known that the Queen uses unusual games and training techniques, which date back to her first meeting with them in 1933. She offers them a lot of love and fun, which is why they are such obedient companions to the royal family.

Have you seen these unseen home movies of the Queen and the royal family? We spotted a Corgi or two, plus some other well loved furry members of the royal household. Watch Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen.

The Ginger Ted Gang wish Her Majesty The Queen a wonderful Platinum Jubilee and hope her furry companions enjoy an extra slice of (dog-friendly) cake to celebrate!

*If you are curious about the term 'droving' it's the practice of walking livestock over long distances.