01/31/2012

Cocker spaniel joins Will and Kate's royal world

The dog days of February have arrived. At least for Kate Middleton.

Shutterstock_74043214Prince William will shortly head off to the Falkland Islands for six weeks for search-and-rescue work and Kate will be at home taking care of their new bundle of joy.

No, not that kind. The four-legged furry kind.

With her will be the couple’s new dog, a cocker spaniel (not the one pictured here, but close enough). The royals were spied on a beach with a dog a few weeks ago, but it is only now that St. James’s Palace has confirmed  they have indeed welcomed a male canine into their cozy confines in Wales.

It was first speculated to be a black Labrador -- William had one as during his teen years -- but it is a black cocker. Kate is very familiar with the breed, since she used the have one called Otto and her parents currently have one. It's not known whether the dog was a present for Christmas or birthday (Kate turned 30 on Jan. 9). However, it's reported that the couple met their dog-to-be while visiting Kate's parents in Bucklebury a few days after Christmas.

The dog is apparently a few months old and came from a litter “with a close family connection.”

The pup will have plenty of royal playmates. Prince Charles and Camilla adopted a Jack Russell terrier last summer (Beth’s the name), and the Queen has seven corgis/dorgis that have the run of the palace.

You can have a look at the new royal watchdog here.

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Prince William used to have a black Lab named Widgeon, seen here enjoying a family outing with Prince Charles and Harry.

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