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God save the corgi

By Maura Judkis

16 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Over the past two week, Corgi's - the Queen's dog - have been receiving a vast amount of attention. What is it that makes these furry creatures so special? The Washington Post answers this question.

Historically, the dogs of great rulers are majestic beasts of the hunt: athletic, intelligent and slightly intimidating. Ancient Egyptian rulers kept Salukis. Prince Albert had greyhounds. King Louis XIV declared the great Pyrenees the royal dog of France. Or, the dogs of royalty are the opposite: tiny, decorative fluffs for fancy, silky laps, like Marie Antoinette's pug, Queen Alexandra's Japanese chin and the Pekingeses of the Chinese imperial court.

And then there are Queen Elizabeth II's corgis.

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