The Queen's long association with corgi dogs may be coming to an end, an animal behavioural expert has claimed.
American trainer Monty Roberts, known as the horse whisperer, has said in a magazine interview that the Queen told him she did not want to have any more puppies of the famous breed.
Roberts told Vanity Fair magazine that in 2012 he asked the Queen to name her favoured corgi breeder so he could replace one of her pets that had died that year.
It was named Monty in his honour and famously appeared alongside the Queen and James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
The trainer, who is a personal friend of the Queen and has also provided his services to the monarch and her mother, said: "But she didn't want to have any more young dogs. She didn't want to leave any young dog behind. She wanted to put an end to it."
The monarch's father George VI was the first member of the Royal Family to have one of the diminutive dogs in 1933 and 11 years later the Queen was given a corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday.
The sight of the Queen's dogs running ahead of their owner is one that has greeted staff and visitors to Buckingham Palace on many occasions.
The Queen has two corgis left, Willow and Holly, and two dorgis, corgis mated with a dachshund, called Candy and Vulcan.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen's dogs are a private matter for the Queen."
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