Disturbing enthusiasm for the "queen's dogs" in Quebec

Disturbing enthusiasm for the “queen’s dogs” in Quebec

Quebec dog breeders are concerned about the sudden increase in demand for corgis since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who has always had a deep passion for this breed of dog.

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“Lawsuits skyrocketed with his death. She is crazy. I have lost track of the people who contact me”, laughs Linda Demers, from the Haut comme Trois Pommes breeding farm in Bécancour.


Linda Demers says that interest in her furry little animals has “soared”.

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Linda Demers says that interest in her furry little animals has “soared”.

Since the queen’s death on September 8, he has received about thirty requests from Quebecers for his corgis. “Normally there are two or three requests a month,” says M.me Demers.


General Tao, a baby corgi adopted by two Montrealers this week.

Photo Francis Pilon

General Tao, a baby corgi adopted by two Montrealers this week.

Anne-Marie Lavallée, from Simply Aby in Mirabel, admits that about fifteen people write to her every day to adopt their dogs since the beginning of the royal duel.

” Help “

“When I see all the messages, I say to myself: help. The demand was intense at the beginning of the pandemic. This summer was quiet. But there, with the death of the queen, he went crazy, ”explains M.me Valley.

The newspaper spoke to seven corgi breeders in the province who confirm this trend. Not everyone intends to raise their price, despite the rise in popularity of these $2,500-$3,500 dogs.

“I am not at all surprised by all this interest. The queen has always had an image linked to this breed and this has even contributed to her popularity in recent years. Even when I’m walking down the street with my corgis, people come up to me and say, oh, they’re the queen’s dogs,” says Vicky Fontaine, of Cadwyn breeding in Sainte-Catherine.


The dogs of Sarah Boucher's “Élisa Corgis” kennel

Photo courtesy of Elisa Corgis

The dogs of Sarah Boucher’s “Élisa Corgis” kennel

Sarah Boucher, Quebec president of the Association du Pembroke Welsh Corgi et de l’Élisa Corgis, says this craze is not good news at all.

a little scary”

“This is pretty scary news. It is good that our race is appreciated. What’s hard is when there’s an explosion like that for a specific dog, there are people who will just see piaster signs and reproduce everything wrong,” says Ms.me Butcher.


The dogs of Sarah Boucher's “Élisa Corgis” kennel

Photo courtesy of Elisa Corgis

The dogs of Sarah Boucher’s “Élisa Corgis” kennel

According to her, the most worrying thing would be to see a wave of abandonment of corgis adopted too quickly by Quebecers.


Corgi - Marc-André Hamel and Rémi Sauvageau

Photo courtesy of Elisa Corgis

“I can already see coming that in six months or nine months it will be hell. Families run the risk of honeymooning when they are puppies and abandoning them once they are teenagers,” predicts Sarah Boucher, who is also a member of SOS Corgis Canada, an organization that protects this breed.


The dogs of Élisa Cogis, owned by Sarah Boucher, are very popular at the moment.

Photo courtesy of Elisa Corgis

The dogs of Élisa Cogis, owned by Sarah Boucher, are very popular at the moment.

viral on the web

The experts consulted by the Trunk He admits that the queen is not entirely responsible for the popularity of corgis in recent years. According to them, social networks have given them a good boost.

Montrealers Marc-André Hamel and Rémi Sauvageau, who have had a baby corgi in their lives for just four days, know something about it.

“For us, it has been a responsible and thoughtful decision for more than a year. […] I put some photos of him on Instagram and have already received requests for him to become an influencer,” Mr. Hamel said with a smirk.

The Welsh Corgi Pembroke, in short:

  • Very sporty animal that must be stimulated intellectually and physically
  • Originally a sheepdog
  • Weight: 10 to 12 kg
  • Height: 25cm to 30cm
  • from Wales
  • Corgi means “dwarf dog” in Welsh.

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