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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi originated as the Bronant Corgi of the Celts (corgi is Celtic for "dog") from Central Europe, who brought the dog into Wales in about 1200 BC.

According to folk legend, corgis are a gift from the woodland fairies; the breed's markings were left on its coat by fairy harnesses and saddles.

These Corgi dogs were used by Welsh farmers to herd cattle onto grazing pastures.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was bred to have short legs so they could run under cattle and avoid their dangerous kicks.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi are also called yard-long dog because it is the same length from the tip of its nose to the end of its outstretched tail as a Welsh yard.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog was brought to Wales by Flemish weavers in 1107.

Pembroke Corgi Image 

In 1933 the first Welsh Corgis were brought to the United States by American breeder Mrs. Lewis Roesler, for her Merriedip Kennels in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. She purchased a Pembroke bitch, Little Madam, at London's Paddington Station followed by a mate named, Captain William Lewis.

Princess Elizabeth was given her first corgi as an 18th-birthday gift on April 21, 1944. She named her Susan and adored her pet corgi so much that she took her on honeymoon.

Queen Elizabeth II has owned over 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis over the years. Everyone of them were descended from Susan.

The corgis eat chicken and rice cooked by chefs served by a butler on battered silver and porcelain dishes. The Queen feeds them one by one, in order of seniority,.

Footman Matthew King was demoted in 1999 for spiking the corgis’ food and water with whisky and gin as a prank.

Sometimes the Queen allows her pets to sleep in her room, but mostly they spend the night in their own room, next to the Page's Pantry, in wicker baskets raised slightly off the ground to avoid draughts.

Sources Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc,  Daily Mail

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