The Queen names puppies after 'Harry Potter' characters
Published May 24 2012, 15:34 BST | By Alice Stewart
The Queen has named a litter of puppies after characters from the widely successful Harry Potter
The puppies include a Labrador named Gryffindor, the house name at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry of which the main character Harry belongs to.
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Although they are known as the 'Harry Potter' litter, the names of the other puppies are still unknown.
Alan Goodship, the Queen's kennelman at Sandringham, and Bill Meldrum, retired dog trainer and housekeeper, spoke to Country Life
magazine about the Queen, saying: "She was, and still is in my opinion, a very good handler who has a great knowledge of what a dog should do."
Although the Queen is passionate about her puppies, she is very fond of Corgis. She has been a dog lover since the young age of 3 years old, when she was given her first dog - a Cairn terrier - by her uncle, the Prince of Wales.
In 1879, Edward VII established the kennels where the puppies stay. It is now home to 20 gundogs, Labradors and Cocker spaniels. > Designer beds available for pets - pictures> A really Foxy Queen lookalike - pictures