Royal Dog Breeds

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08 Jun 2021

By Lana, Customer Love


Many of us like to treat our pooches like royalty: endless treats, letting them nap after long days of butt sniffing, serving them the finest Butternut dinners. No matter how much of a prince or princess your dog may be, some breeds naturally have more royal blood in them than others.


Kicking off with an obvious breed. Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Corgis since becoming the Queen in 1954 - that would be one long-standing Butternut subscription. Through Lizzie, Corgis have become a symbol of royalty: appearing in statues, official photographs and even in the Crown Coin to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. So next time you wonder why your Corgi is walking around with their tail held high, remember their cousins have been living it up in Buckingham Palace for years. At Butternut we feed 134 Corgis - we're sure at least one is related to the Queen's.


Beagles have an association with royalty due to their excellent hunting skills, meaning they have been kept in large packs by many royal households. It is believed that King Edward II and Henry VII kept 'glove beagles' - named such to fit into their leather gloves for hunting trips. Odd fashion choice. Queen Elizabeth I even kept a miniature beagle on her shoulder (most likely to scout out Elizabethan squirrels). We feed 469 regal Beagles at Butternut, but we're fairly sure they are all regular sized.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers were big favourites of King George VI who bred them as both pets and working dogs at the royal estates of Balmoral and Sandringham. This favouritism from King George spread to Queen Elizabeth II who has owned 20 of the breed. As mentioned, Liz is a big fan of the Corgi, but she is also known to have a private lifelong love for Retrievers, keeping them as gun-dogs. We feed a whopping 2276 Labradors at Butternut, so they are a favourite of ours too.

King Charles Spaniel

Bet you didn't see this one coming. The King Charles Spaniel was named after Charles II, who was a big fan of the breed (clearly). Rumour has it, he loved the dogs so much that he neglected his own Kingdom for them. The King's dogs were so beloved they were even given access to every building across London, including the Houses of Parliament. We feed 838 King Charles Spaniels, but are yet to deliver a box to Parliament.

Bichon Frise

Known as the 'royal lap warmer', these fluff-balls can be seen in hundreds of 13th-century portraits of European royalty. Not only do they photograph well, but they're apparently pawfect at keeping your neck cosy - King Henry III loved them so much he would wear several Bichon Frises around his neck in a little basket. Our 650 Bichon Butternutters prefer to wear our bandanas, rather than being worn as them.

Whether or not your pooch was on this list, all dogs can eat like Kings and Queens with Butternut. And with all these regal breeds eating our meals, we surely have the royal stamp of approval.