It's a boy!

February 2, 2012, 10:25 ampets

Kate and Will welcome a bundle of joy into their family - though not exactly the one everyone has been expecting.

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A black cocker spaniel similar to Kate and Wills' new pup.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud owners of a male cocker spaniel.

The newlywed couple welcomed the puppy into their home in North Wales in early December. They are staying mum on the little dog’s name however.

A palace spokesperson has been reported as saying that the Duke and Duchess “do not want his name to be made public”, adding that he is a “private pet”.

It is believed that the pup came from the Middletons, who breed cocker spaniels. It is not known whether Kate and Wills’ pup has been bred from Kate’s mother Carole’s cocker spaniel, named Ella.

The pup will be great company for Kate when Will, a search and rescue pilot, leaves today for a six week posting to the Faulkland Islands.

The British royals have historically been a family of dog-lovers. The Cambridge’s new cocker spaniel is Will’s first pet since his Labrador, Widgeon, died two years ago, while the Queen’s affection for the breed of corgis is famous.

The Queen was given her first corgi, Susan, by her father when she was 18, and she is frequently accompanied by her three corgis, Monty, Willow, and Holly, as well as three ‘dorgis’ (bred from a daschund and a corgi) named Cider, Candy and Vulcan.

In England cocker spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs. Their quarry was the Eurasian woodcock, which is where they got the first part of their name. The gun dogs were bred to flush out game from low-lying bush and retrieve the fallen birds after they were shot. It is believed the breed originated in Spain, arriving in England earlier than the 1500s.

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  1. pogiboy812:19am Friday 03rd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    wtf?

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  2. El09:54pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    she looks anorexic...

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  3. Leeanne08:40pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If you are going to put a photo of a dog similar to the one they have - a Cocker Spaniel - then you could at least put a photo of a pure bred Cocker Spaniel and not a crossbred!!

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  4. Wilfred08:13pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    OK Yahoo, I have been very tolerant of your stories, but this is ridiculous. Who cares what f%^&$ing pet they have!!!! Fair Dinkum!

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  5. dinkumdavid08:12pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The Royals come from a long line of mongrels and in breds!!!

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  6. David07:56pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    yahoo you have hit rock bottom

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  7. Kimberley07:21pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ppl anyone who is interested in following the royal couple will be interested in reading this article. I personally clicked on the title because I love dogs and wanted to read what dog bread they have got. I think people should stop expecting royals to get married and have children straight away. Give them time to be married first!

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  8. Jon05:17pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Looks like Prince charles

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  9. Teagan04:09pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So we are now reporting when someone buys a dog? Seriously? What a waste of time.

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  10. Danielle03:32pm Thursday 02nd February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Whoa can't wait till I get a puppy, you gonna post that on here too?

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