Queen Elizabeth has had over 30 Corgis throughout her royal life. The dogs, while bred by the Queen, have never been allowed to compete in dog shows. The Queen has also never sold any of her royal dogs. That's for commoners.
Nine-year-old Whisper is a Corgi that once belonged to Bill Fenwick. Fenwick, who served as Sandringham's gamekeeper, passed away in January. Queen Elizabeth was reportedly close to both Fenwick and his wife Nancy, who has also passed on.
As the gamekeeper of Sandringham, Bill and Nancy Fenwick helped breed the Queen's Corgis. “The Queen bred Whisper and gave him to Nancy and Bill as a gift. She was very fond of them and they became close friends. Nancy died aged 85 and the Queen went to her funeral," said a source close to the Royals.
The Queen's age is partly to blame for her decision to not take on any new dogs. "The Queen has always had corgis but she made the decision four years ago not to breed any more because she didn’t want to have a bad fall," said the insider. “She was also concerned dogs might be left without an owner if anything happened to her."
According to palace animal advisor Monty Roberts, the death of a Corgi named Monty in 2012 also has an impact on her decision. “[S]he didn’t want to have any more young dogs,” Roberts toldVanity Fair. “She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind. She wanted to put an end to it.”
But the Queen "fell in love" with Whisper after taking him on a walks following Fenwick's passing. "She couldn’t resist Whisper and now she has asked Bill’s family if she can keep him," said an insider. When it's right, it's right!
Since Queen Victoria's time, the English royal family has been into their dogs. Queen Victoria bred German dachshunds, then got really into Scottish collies. However, according to Vanity Fair, "No world leader has been as widely identified with a particular animal as Elizabeth II with her corgis."
Corgis, the loveably short-legged dog, are the 11th smartest breed of dog. Believe it or not, they're related to the Siberian Husky, despite their small stature. Their name actually means "dwarf dog," and is a combination of the Welsh words "cor" (meaning dwarf) and "gi" (meaning dog).
The Queen's Corgis get special treatment, as you'd expect. The royal pups are even rumored to have been given their own two-story house. Why? So they could practice going up and down stairs so that they would be prepared when getting on and off airplanes.