JUST 35 per cent of people want to see the Corgi as the next Royal dog.
The British public has voted the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the perfect pet to accompany the Duchess of Cambridge.
Corgis may have been synonymous with British Royalty for almost seven decades but the public does not share the Queen’s love of the breed.
New research commissioned by insurance specialists Select from Direct Line shows only 35 per cent of people think the Corgi would be an appropriate dog to represent the monarchy when Prince William eventually ascends to the throne alongside Kate.
The top five breeds voted by the public were the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in first place followed by, in descending order, Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie and Daschund.
Nineteen per cent gave the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the thumbs up.
The breed was named after a past King of England and has been linked with Royalty since the 1500s. Nicknamed ‘The Comforter Spaniel’, the lap dog needs plenty of affection, making it a good companion for Kate while William is away on RAF duties.
It is also brilliant with children, perfect should the couple want to start a family in the coming years.
Eighteen per cent voted for the Cocker Spaniel, a breed which is the second most popular dog in the UK, according to the Kennel Club, making it very much a ‘puppy for the people’.
And 15 per cent backed the Labrador retriever, a breed identified as very affectionate, even with extended families.
This would bode well for coping with crowds which follow the Royal couple to engagements and Labrador retrievers are very sporting and athletic, fitting with Kate’s love of the outdoors.
Bottom of the list was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with just two per cent of the nation’s votes. Leading dog behaviourist Stan Rawlinson backed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the nation’s choice. “The public’s choice was inspired,” he added.
“These little dogs were born to be with Royalty. Happy in either a palace or a flat, these wonderful pets are great with children, adults and other dogs.
“I would have probably voted this breed into first place.”