New Cocker Spaniel joins Royal Family

The Queen has recently welcomed a new member to the Royal Family in the form of Cocker Spaniel ‘Lissy’, lovingly named in her honour.

Four-year-old Lissy took home the prize at the Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship, beating 38 other competitors, despite being called “a bit of a monkey” in her younger days by her trainer Ian Openshaw.

While the picture of Her Majesty with several Corgis by her side is often an iconic image, this year, she has added her first gundog champion to the pack. This takes her full family of dogs to four in total, with Lissy joining 10-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi-Dachshund cross – also known as a ‘Dorgi’ – Candy, as well as two Corgi puppies.

Despite reports saying the Queen wasn’t going to have any more puppies as she approaches her 96th birthday this year, she received two new Corgi pups as a gift to comfort her last year as she suffered the loss of her husband, Prince Philip. One sadly died shortly afterwards, and she received another Corgi pup from Prince Andrew and his family as a companion for the remaining pup, Muick.

Her Majesty has always been known to be fond of dogs, taking her first Corgi, Susan, with her on her honeymoon. It has been reported by the Express that she has loved more than 30 Corgis during her reign, calling them an assortment of creative names, such as Pharos, Brush and Vulcan.

The Queen hasn’t been the only royal to have adopted a Cocker Spaniel recently, as the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother bought the Cambridges a puppy after their previous dog passed away. The name of this royal addition currently remains private.