Corgi Sales Boosted By Royal Jubilee Fever

The Corgi dog breed has seen a leap in popularity due to the Diamond Jubilee year, the Kennel Club said.

The number of people searching the Find a Puppy website for Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies, the Queen's favourite Corgi breed, has jumped by more than a third (37%) in the past four months.

A total of 5,783 people have searched for the dog on the website, which details breeds for sale across the country, since the beginning of the year.

The Kennel Club has also seen a 10% increase in the number of Pembroke Welsh corgi puppy registrations in the first three months of 2012, compared with the same time last year.

Searches for the Cardigan Welsh corgi, an endangered breed which is cousin to the Queen's Pembroke Welsh corgis, on the Find a Puppy website have soared by 59% in the first four months of 2012 compared with the last four months of last year.

In total, 2,231 people have searched for Cardigan Welsh corgi puppies.

The breed is one of 29 native dogs considered vulnerable to disappearing because fewer than 300 puppies are registered a year.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: "Sadly dog breeds go in and out of fashion, so after a long period of worrying decline for the corgi breeds it is reassuring to see an increase in numbers.

"It is a wonderful tribute to the Queen that the popularity of her chosen breed and its cousin, the Cardigan Welsh corgi, has increased in her Diamond Jubilee year, which will have raised people's awareness of the breeds."

Another dog breed being given a Royal boost is the cocker spaniel with searched increasing by 32% in the first four months of this year after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose one to be their pet.