You’ll struggle to find a Sloane without an extremely spoilt dog in their life. Whether it’s a black Labrador in the countryside or a dinky Norfolk terrier in the big smoke, these little guys really are a Sloanie’s best friend and become an integral part of any Sloanie family or friendship group, and that includes the Royal Family who are serious dog lovers. Let us introduce you to some of the most eminent canines on the Sloane circuit, the most popular breeds amongst the well-bred, and the cutest ways to accessorize your pooch.
Working Cocker Spaniel, Maisie
Decadent King Charles II had a breed of spaniel named after his best friends, and Kate and Will’s real firstborn wasn’t actually Prince George, but a gorgeous black Working Cocker Spaniel called Lupo. This particular breed has now become one of the most sought after in the UK. Cocker Spaniels are known for their boundless energy and lovely long ears, so Lupo no doubt enjoys living between the gardens of Kensington Palace, the green fields of Kate’s parents’ home in Berkshire, and the odd jaunt up to the Queen’s residences at Sandringham and Balmoral. Other popular variations on the pedigree Cocker Spaniel are über cute and fluffy Cockerpoos (a Cocker Spaniel crossed with a Poodle) and Sprockers (a Springer Spaniel crossed with a Cocker Spaniel).
Cockerpoo (Cocker Spaniel – Poodle Mix)
Hunting, shooting and fishing parties all over the UK are packed out with these born and bred gundogs who’ll sit by their owner’s side intently, and run off to fetch things as and when instructed. Known for being utterly devoted friends, black and yellow labs tend to be the most obedient whilst chocolate Labradors are wonderful family pets best loved for their incurably soppy nature. Brit Orlando Bloom has a black lab cross salled Sidi and they’re rarely pictured apart.
Regal Black Lab
And we couldn’t write about posh dogs and not mention the Queen’s pack of Corgis, could we? These little cuties are an image now synonymous with the British Monarchy since the Queen’s first pet Corgi, Dookie, was brought home to her when she was a young Princess in 1933. Queen Elizabeth has now owned over thirty corgis since her Coronation, but also owns cocker spaniels and a couple of dorgis (daschund-corgis) too. A bronze statue of the Queen Mother on The Mall in London even shows her with two of her beloved Corgis – one’s even sitting on her lap.
Cheeky Queen and Corgi tote via ModCloth
Muddy Paws bones
The Sloanie dog is absolutely not an accessory, but the Sloanie dog can certainly be accessorized. From snuggly cashmere dog jumpers at London’s Harvey Nichols to pheasant print dog beds by upper crust British label Joules, there’s plenty of scope for styling your dog’s life just the way you know they’d want you to. Country Sloanes and city Sloanes alike love a bit of tweed, whether it’s on their flat cap, jacket or handbag, and any Sloanie dog will love playing fetch with one these tweed squeaky bone toys from Dorset-based doggie boutique Muddy Paws.
Now it’s not uncommon for a pet portrait to hang amongst family portraits in a Sloanie drawing room or hallway, but the trend for personalizing one’s stationery with a pet portrait is becoming popular on both sides of the Atlantic. British artist Rory Mackay does gorgeous correspondence cards and headed notepaper, and counts royalty and millionaires amongst his elite client base. Ooh, we LOVE!Rory Mackay dog correspondence cards
image sources: working cocker and cockerpoo – personal photos / black lab