Corgis are top of the pups for Diamond Jubilee
NO ifs, no mutts – royal fever has sparked a major increase in sales of the Queen’s favourite dogs.
But yesterday one of the Midlands leading breeders warned: “A corgi’s for life, not just the jubilee.”
The struggling breed has become so high profile, thanks to the publicity surrounding tomorrow’s royal knees-up, that two of Joy Whitehead’s dogs last week starred in a jubilee rap video.
‘Jubilee Nation’, featuring Alana Shirley and Bb, follows the tried and tested hip-hop formula of scantily clad women, stretch limos...and show corgis Bertie and Morgan.
The day’s filming, near Coventry, was a very new experience for 68-year-old Joy, from Shirley. “I had a feeling it was going to be interesting,” she said diplomatically, “but Bertie and Morgan were very well behaved.”
Following years in the canine wilderness, corgis are once again top of the pups – thanks to round-the-clock royal coverage. Her Majesty has kept them for years and currently has three – Monty, Holly and Willow. She also has three Dorgis – a dachshund and corgi crossbreed: Cider, Candy and Vulcan.
A spokeswoman for the Kennel Club confirmed this week that interest in two endangered corgi strains, the Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh, has soared thanks to the jubilee.
Website statistics show the number of people searching for Pembroke Welsh puppies – the Queen’s favourite – has increased 37 per cent. In recent weeks, 5,783 people have scoured the web for them.
And there has been a ten per cent rise in the number of Pembrokes registered with the Kennel Club: a step taken to prove a pup’s pedigree before buying.
Searches for Cardigan Welsh corgis have also soared by 59 per cent to 2,231, with the numbers registered up by 70 per cent.
Before the big patriotic push, both were in steep decline. Joy, who has bred corgis since 1989, welcomes the new-found fame, but worries about the motives of buyers.
“I don’t like the idea of them being bought because it is a fad,” she said. “We don’t want them being sold just because it’s the Queen’s Jubilee – a dog is for life.
“A dog’s life is 12 to 15 years. There should be a genuine reason for the sale.”
Joy, who has eight corgis, isn’t surprised Her Majesty fell in love with the breed.
“If you have one, you don’t go with another breed,” she explained. “They are funny, affectionate and they don’t have to be walked for miles.”
Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Sadly, dog breeds go in and out of fashion, so after a long period of worrying decline for the corgi breeds it is reassuring to see an increase in numbers.
“It is a wonderful tribute to the Queen that the popularity of her chosen breed and its cousin, the Cardigan Welsh corgi, has increased in her jubilee year, which has raised people’s awareness.”
The internet has also proved an invaluable tool for would-be owners, who can easily research the breed.
But Karen Hewitt, chairman of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, warned the Palace’s favourite hound is not yet out of the woods.
“While we must not be complacent, we are very happy to see an increased interest in our wonderful breed,” she added.
Source: Sunday Mercury