Queen Elizabeth II, 93, is known for her love of dogs after owning at least 30 Pembroke Welsh corgis, all of whom have descended from Susan, the dog then-Princess Elizabeth II got for her 18th birthday. But what the Monarch chooses to feed her beloved animals might come as a bit of a surprise. Her remaining two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, are actually fed basic dog food from the UK’s largest supermarket chain.
On Channel’s 5 documentary Inside Waitrose, the expert said: “We know the royals particularly are huge dog fans. They all have dogs.
“The ingredients are beef, wild boar, apple, parsnip, carrots, and seaweed.
“Now that list of ingredients is more expensive and better than people feed to themselves or their children.
“This is probably the poshest of all Waitrose products.
“However we do know the Queen feeds her dog Tesco basic dog food.”
In 2018, the Queen’s last remaining Corgi passed away.
Willow, who was almost 15, was put down after suffering with cancer, and was the 14th generation of the Queen’s first Corgi, Susan.
But the death of Willow marked the first time since World War Two that the Queen has not owned a Corgi.
The Corgi breed has since seen a dramatic increase in popularity according to the Kennel Club.
It said in July 2019 registrations for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi rose significantly.
Just ten years before the breed was put on the Kennel Club’s ‘At Watch’ list sparking fear the dogs weren’t being bred.
Registrations for the Pembroke Corgi increased by 16 percent in 2017 after the first season, and 47 percent in 2018 following the second season.
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Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Sadly dog breeds go in and out of fashion, so after a long period of worrying decline for the Corgi breeds it is reassuring to see an increase in numbers.
“When Netflix series The Crown, featuring a young Queen and her dogs, aired on TV, undoubtedly the breed’s profile started to rise, and this is looking likely to continue with the release of The Queen’s Corgi.
“This kind of exposure can help to bring some of our much-loved breeds which are at risk of extinction back to the attention of the public and ensure they don’t just consider the obvious or popular breeds when buying a puppy.
“Of course, nobody should be buying a dog simply because they’ve seen them on TV; thorough, extensive and responsible research should drive any decision to ensure the breed is right for you.”
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