The Kennel Club joins the millions of mourners from around the world in the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As one of the most dog loving monarchs in history her patronage of The Kennel Club will be greatly missed.

The Queen was a world famous dog lover, especially known for her Welsh Pembroke Corgis after being gifted her first Corgi, Susan by her father, King George IV when she was eighteen. This was to be the start of nearly 80 years of Corgis in the royal household that would accompany her on many trips and be by her side through her long reigning monarchy. The Queen stopped breeding in 2015 and got her last two puppies in 2021.

The Queen was claimed to have an interest in Crufts and visited the show in 1969 where she was shown around the show and met an English Springer Spaniel.

Tony Allcock OBE, Chairman of The Kennel Club, said: “We pass on our thoughts and condolences to The King and the Royal family at this time and join the world in sorrow at her passing.

“The Queen was an avid dog lover. She was very interested in the health of Corgis and took the breeding of her dogs very seriously, always ensuring that she met with the dogs involved.

“The Queen also owned Spaniels and was familiar to members and staff at The Kennel Club for her involvement in Field Trials, often attending events when taking place on her estate in Sandringham, where she was always extremely friendly to the dogs and competitors alike.

“We are very grateful for The Queen’s patronage over the years and the commitment she always showed to the dogs that she loved so dearly. The Queen epitomised the love and affection that our nation holds for dogs.”

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

I live in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with 2 Bolognese and I show one of my dogs.