One of the funniest scenes in Queen Charlotte It is the one that takes place when King George’s page sends the Queen a gift to compensate for his absence. this is a small Pomeranian breed dog which, in Carlota’s eyes, is nothing more than an amorphous rabbit. However, little by little she lets herself be seen with him. And this is not the result of fiction either, because you only have to look for some of the portraits of the monarch to know that she liked to be in the company of these dogs. So much so that it is believed that it was precisely she who began to like the European nobility to enjoy the company of this breed of dogs.
In fact, the Queen Charlotte’s dogHe actually started out as a much bigger dog. typical of the arctic. There, he was normally used as a sled dog. However, over time, after its introduction into Europe, it was crossed with other breeds to give rise to the small Pomeranian that the queen enjoyed and that we know today.
It is not the only breed of dog that is associated with the British nobility. For example, we all know that Queen Elizabeth II also enjoyed these animals, specifically corgis and dorgis. It is even thought that this last race could be created for her when her dog, a corgi named Susan, crossed paths with her sister Marguerite’s dachshund.
From the Arctic to England
The Pomeranian belongs to the family of Spitz. These are dogs that are characterized by having two layers of hair. The first short and woolly, attached to the body to protect them from the cold, and the second long and smooth. Both, as a whole, make these animals the perfect dogs for the Arctic climate.
Also, since they are usually strong dogs, they do very well as sled dogs. That was the first labor of this breed. However, it was introduced into Europe through the Pomerania region, on the border between Germany and Poland, first changing his name and then his appearance. The change in appearance was the result of successive crossings, in which specific characteristics were selected that made them good pets. Little by little their size was reduced, so that when they arrived in England they were already much smaller.
It is believed that, by then, they weighed about 10 kilos. But today they do not usually weigh more than 3, so they continued to cross. Even so, Queen Charlotte’s dog was considerably larger than modern-day Pomeranians.
This is what is thought so far. That, in reality, the Pomeranian, as we know it, did not arrive until the XIX century. But it is true that there are some doubts about it, because in a 15th century painting, The Arnolfini marriage, a dog appears that could be a Pomeranian and it already has the current size. Even so, the hair appears somewhat different, so it could be another breed.
The dog of Queen Charlotte
We have already seen that, in Queen Charlotte, fiction is often intermingled with reality. It is true that she used to be accompanied by dogs of the Pomeranian breed. What is not known exactly is how she came into her life her first pet.
In the series the King gives it to him, after saving him from the laboratory of the doctor who was trying to cure his ailment with dubious ethics.
She rejects him at first, but little by little she gets used to him and, when she sees herself older, she continues to have dogs of this breed. In reality it was like that, although when the breed really became very famous among the British nobility, it was when its granddaughter Victoriawho has not yet been born in the series, returned from a trip to Italy with a Pomeranian dog named Marco.
Nowadays he is not a royal dog. It is a fairly common breed of dog. But it hides a problem. And it is that, often, crosses are made to obtain Pomeranians even smaller. What is known as Toy dogs. They can have many health problems derived from both the consanguinity of the crossings as well as their reduced size. In the case of Pomeranians, the ears, although it can suffer from many other ailments. He would be better off with a medium Pomeranian, like the one Queen Charlotte had. They are not amorphous rabbits nor are they the size of a sled dog anymore, although they are related to the Samoyed himself.
In any case, if you want a dog, you already know that the breed should be the least of it. Especially if crossing them is going to generate health problems.