The Queen is to stop breeding corgis after another of her much loved pets was claimed by cancer this month. The 83-year old monarch has decided to let the rest of her pack pass away naturally without attempting to breed replacements. This brings to a halt a tradition which began in 1944 after HM received her first corgi, Susan – a gift from her parents.
All of The Queen’s corgis descended from Susan, who passed away herself back in 1959. It is known that close line breeding can greatly exacerbate genetic conditions and hereditary diseases such as cancer.
The Queen had 9 dogs in total – five corgis and four crossbred corgi x dachshunds.
She was said to be “deeply upset” last month when her favourite dog fell victim to cancer at the age of 12 and she suffered another loss this month when another dog was claimed by the same condition.
Royal expert Phil Dampier told The Sun: “It will be hard for her not to breed any more of them but she’s made a decision for sensible reasons.”