When did lap dogs become popular?

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Anyone watching Netflix’s latest hit show, “Bridgerton,” knows that the matchmaking Queen Charlotte had a penchant for Pomeranian pups. And in fact, this fondness was true of the real-life Queen Charlotte. She brought them with her when she moved from Pomerania in central Europe to the United Kingdom to marry King George III in 1761. Her love of the lap dog was then passed down through the royal generations. Her son, King George IV also liked the breed and Queen Victoria owned dachshunds, pugs and Pomeranians

One of the most famous royal dogs was a small terrier called Caesar. “[He] had a prominent place in Edward VII’s funeral procession ahead of the other monarchs who attended in 1910,” said Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator based in London. Further down the line, King Edward VIII — who was forced to abdicate in disgrace in order to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson in the 1930s — also owned pugs, which we know from another Netflix period drama, “The Crown.”



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