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Queen Elizabeth Has ‘Harry Potter’ Dog Litter

By David13676 @dogspired

The Queen has a Labrador named Gryffindor, after the house that Harry Potter belongs to at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

His name was chosen by the Queen, who personally named all of the puppies bred at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk. Gryffindor is one of the “Harry Potter” litter, but it is not known what other names have been used for his siblings.

Queen Elizabeth Has ‘Harry Potter’ Dog Litter

The kennels, established by Edward VII in 1879 to house 100 dogs, are now home to some 20 gun dogs, Labradors, and cocker Spaniels of a variety of ages.

Queen Elizabeth Has ‘Harry Potter’ Dog Litter

The Queen’s well documented love affair with dogs started from a young age. As a young princess, she was given her first dog, a Cairn terrier, at the age of three by her uncle, the Prince of Wales. The Queen’s three current Pembroke Welsh corgis (Monty, Holly and Willow) are all descended from Susan, an 18th-birthday present. She also has three ‘dorgis’ (Cider, Candy and Vulcan), a cross-breed resulting from an unplanned liaison between a corgi and Princess Margaret’s dachshund Pipkin.

When at Buckingham Palace, the corgis and dorgis sleep in raised wicker baskets in a special boot room near the royal apartments, where they wander freely. When the Queen is being fitted for a dress, she carries a special magnet to pick up the pins to save the corgis from pricking their paws.

Royal aides say that the corgis travel with her to the various residences, and she looks after them herself as much as possible, even given her busy schedule.

Earlier this week, William said that the yapping of the Queen’s corgis drove him nuts.

“They’re barking all the time … I don’t know how she copes with it,” he said.

Here are the royal animal facts:

- The Queen is president of several pigeon-racing societies and regularly visits the royal loft at Sandringham, home to more than 200 birds. It was established in 1886, when Leopold II of the Belgians gave the Royal Family racing pigeons. A royal pigeon won a Dickin medal for its role in reporting a lost aircraft in the Second World War.

- The Queen technically owns all mute swans in Britain, which are looked after by the Swan Marker.

- The Queen still owns all the sturgeons, whales, and dolphins in UK waters

- The Queen often receives animals as gifts, including sloths from Brazil, black beavers from Canada, a canary from Germany, giant turtles from the Seychelles, and an elephant named Jumbo from the Cameroon. The animals were given to the London Zoo.

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