Queen Victoria had many pets throughout her life and her love for animals is well documented.
Her deep love for her dogs served as an inspiration for sculpture and painting.
Before she was queen, the young princess had a King Charles dog named Dash. It was hers who loved her Dash, who was her dear companion from her lonely childhood at Kensington Palace.
Queen Victoria’s life may, in some way, be linked through her dogs, because they were with her from her youth until literally the end of her. In fact, it was the company of a dog of hers that she requested in her bedroom while she died in Osborne, in 1901.
Prince Albert was also very fond of dogs, he brought his greyhound Eos to England after his marriage to Queen Victoria.
Victoria and Albert did much to popularize dogs as pets in the homes of England.
The queen also became the first patron of Battersea Dogs ‘and Cats’ Home in 1885.
Queen Victoria owned a wide variety of dogs, including dachshunds, collies and pugs, and there were up to a hundred dogs housed in the royal kennels, which were located in Windsor Great Park.
In 1888, the Queen acquired her first Pomeranian dog in Italy. She was in love with this race, reaching up to thirty-five at one point in her life.
Slay ‘was the Queen’s favorite Skye Terrier, who died on April 26, 1844 at Buckingham Palace, her great love. ‘Islay’ has her own statue, in Sydney, Australia, on the Queen Victoria Building.
The last moments of Queen Victoria were with Turi, her beloved dog.