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So, did we all know that the Queen invented a dog breed?

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When it comes to the Royal Family, we love a random fact as much as the next person (for example: did we all know that Meghan Markle can speak Spanish? Or that Prince William once took part in a drug raid at sea?). Ready for another? Good! Because today it's been brought to our attention that the Queen is basically a dog whisperer – as it's thought that Her Majesty may well be responsible for inventing her very own breed of pooch.

As reported by PEOPLE, the story goes that HRH, who has long been a fan of a corgi (as we all know), played a part in creating a hybrid breed of dog known as a 'dorgi', which is a cross between a corgi and dachshund. The latter of which being a breed favoured by her sister, Princess Margaret... essentially, one thing lead to another when one of the Queen's pooches, Tiny, was left alone with Margaret's dachshund, Pipkin, and thus, the dorgi was born!

The mix proved so popular with the royals that they continued to breed them for decades thereafter, with Her Majesty currently owning one dorgi (Candy) along with two regular corgis, .

Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images

Her Majesty has long been a fan of canines, and it's estimated that she has now owned more than thirty since taking the throne as Queen of the Commonwealth realms in 1952.

Back in 2007, the Queen's royal brood of pups consisted of five corgis – Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow, and Holly – five cocker spaniels (charmingly named Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick, and Span), and four dorgis, called Cider, Berry, Vulcan, and Candy.

Three of her corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly even had a star turn during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, as part of a sketch which saw Daniel Craig (in character as James Bond) tip up to Buckingham Palace to accompany Her Majesty to the sporting event.

Earlier this year in March, while her husband, Prince Philip, was unwell in hospital before his death, the Queen's son Prince Andrew bought his mother two new pet corgis to keep her company during the difficult period. The dogs were named Fergus and Muick by Her Majesty, in honour of her Mother's Scottish heritage, but tragically Fergus passed away in May at just five-months-old, as a result of a heart defect from birth.

Her family later gifted her another corgi in June 2021, around the time of what would've been Philip's 100th birthday.

So there you go, not only does the Queen own all the dolphins in the UK (and a colony of bats), but she's also responsible for inventing an entirely new type of animal while she's at it!

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