The Dogs of the Royal Family

Some dogs, like Muffin, were conceived and brought into the world with the express purpose of sitting on the throne.

Royal Dogs

Greyhounds have forebears in almost every country. Since the 1800s, greyhounds have hunted deer, stags, foxes, and hares. Most desired trait is companionship.


Madagascar's royal dog is a Coton de Tulear. In the 17th century, Madagascar's Merina kept the breed. The Conton de Tulear's dense coat needs frequent grooming.

Coton de Tulear

French courts in the 17th century enjoyed access to Great Pyrenees. This noble breed is trustworthy, friendly, and brave when protecting its flock.

Great Pyrenees

Pekingese, an ancient Chinese breed owned by royalty, has appeared in Chinese art and history since the Tang Dynasty (8th century). The Pekingese is happy, loving, and devoted.


Shih Tzus were a favourite of the Ming Dynasty's dowager empress, Cixi. Maintaining their luxurious long coats is a never-ending job.

Shih Tzu

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a breed beloved by Queen Elizabeth (who has bred them for years), dates to the 1100s. Flemish brought the pleasant and lively Pembroke to England for Henry I.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Francis I introduced Bichon Frise to France during the Renaissance. 14th-century Italian and Spanish nobility favoured the breed. Bichons are little, happy dogs with curly white coats.

Bichon Frise

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