As the favoured breed of the queen you would probably expect that most corgis are used to the high life and spend their days being showered with affection, fed premium dog food and taken on long walks round the park.

However, although many corgis are rather pampered pooches, it seems that they're falling in popularity and could even be headed for the Kennel Club's Vulnerable Breeds list.

Kennel Club figures have revealed that just 333 Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies were registered last year, down from 371 in 2011, marking a decrease of more than ten per cent.

This means that the breed will remain on the organisation's 'at watch' list, while the Cardigan Welsh corgi is already on the Vulnerable Breeds list with just 94 births registered in 2012.

Corgi expert Diana King believes that the regulations preventing the docking of tails could be partly responsible for the fall in numbers of these little dogs in the UK.

"The decline is a real concern because it is a lovely breed. They are healthy and hardy, and often too intelligent for their own good," she says.

"The demand is there, I certainly can't breed them fast enough. But many older breeders stopped once the rules came in that prevented tail-docking as they it feel spoils the overall look of the dog."

At the other end of the scale, the nation's favourite breed remains the Labrador, with more than 36,000 puppies born last year.

The Kennel Club emphasises the importance of considering a whole range of breeds when choosing your dog to ensure you pick a pup that fits in well with your lifestyle.

A spokesman for the Kennel Club said: "People are now starting to realise there are 210 breeds of dog, which are all very different, and are doing a lot more research before they opt for the obvious choice."

Written by: Hannah