What is a ‘Dorgi’? The new dog breed thought to exist thanks to The Queen

The corgi dog has long been synonymous with the royal family, but there is a lesser-known breed of dog that may only exist because of The Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II’s love for dogs has been evident for many years, with corgis patiently showing up alongside the monarch several times during her reign.

On May 12, 1973, the Queen was depicted sitting on a grassy bank with corgis at Virginia Water, Surrey.

Unfortunately, one of her new pups, allegedly given to comfort her while Prince Phillip was sick, died when she was only five months old, it has been alleged.

Fergus, the ‘Dorgi’, was one of two new dogs adopted in February after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Mirror Online reports.

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What is a dorgi?

Queen Elizabeth II. On the cross-country course with some of her corgis

Queen Elizabeth II. With some of her corgis

Royal corgis were the Pembroke Welsh harpsichord dogs that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II. A ‘dorgi’ is a dog that is a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi.

The dog-loving queen has owned 30 corgis who are believed to have descended from a pet she had for her 18th birthday.

The monarch is believed to be responsible for introducing a new breed of dog known as the “Dorgi” when her Corgi Tiny was paired with a Dachshund “sausage dog” named Pipkin, which belonged to Princess Margaret.

It is said that the Queen gave up a dog breeding hobby in 2018 because she didn’t want to leave pets behind if she were to die.

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