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The Untold Truth Of All Of Queen Elizabeth’s Pets

Queen Elizabeth, among many other credits, actually invented the dorgi breed, the combo of corgi and dachshund. The genesis of the breed happened quite by accident. The queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, had a dachshund named Pipkin who had an unplanned opportunity to get close to one of the queen’s corgis, named Tiny, according to People, and along came a litter of puppies.

The serendipitous breeding was such a hit that the family kept up the tradition with several dorgis following, boasting sassy little names like “Cider, Rum, Berry, Candy, Brandy, Chipper, Harris, Pickles, Piper, Tinker, and Vulcan,” per the outlet. No wonder they continued the lineage; the dorgi has the long body typical of both breeds, with short legs, but can bring the charm of long hair, typical to dachshunds and less common to corgis.

The end of the line, which stopped with Vulcan, happened in 2020, according to a later publication by People. The sad news came only weeks after Prince William and Kate Middleton lost their dog, Lupo, a cocker spaniel. On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account, they wrote: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W & C.” The deaths were not related in any way, just really bad timing for a family of dog lovers.

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