1. How many Corgis has the Queen owned?a) 5
d) Her Majesty has owned over 30! The Queen was presented with her first Corgi for her 18th birthday present, which was named Susan. Since then they have been an ever present companion. She currently has two called Holly and Willow.
2. How many Corgis appeared in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony?a) None
d) 3 of Her Majesty’s Corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly appeared in the famous scene inside Buckingham Palace alongside 007 himself, James Bond. Monty had previously been owned by the Queen Mother.
3. How many times has a Corgi won Crufts?a) Never
d) Three times
a) Remarkably in the 135 year history of Crufts, the cute little Corgi has never been crowned best in show. We’re sure this terrible injustice will be put right in the near future.
4. What purpose was the Corgi bred for?a) Herding
a) Believe it or not, the Corgi was originally bred for herding cattle. Known as “heelers” they would keep cattle on the move by nipping their legs.
5. What does the word Corgi mean?a) Giant dog
b) Long dog
c) Dwarf dog
d) Coarse dog
c) The word originates from the Welsh language, comprising cor meaning dwarf and gi which comes from a Welsh word for dog. The term began to be used regularly in the 1920’s, around the same time the breed was recognised as a pure breed in the UK.