We often see their cute little faces gazing up from the Queen's feet at Windsor castle and have seen Her Maj fussing over them in old royal photos, but in past years the corgi has had a bit of a hard time.

In fact, the Kennel Club has reported that in recent years numbers of the Pembroke Welsh corgi have been in "worrying decline", so much so that the pooch has ended up on the list of vulnerable breeds.

But, with a little help from the Diamond Jubilee, that all looks set to change. In the past year interest in the corgi has been sparked with the Kennel Club reporting a ten per cent rise in the number of puppies registered with the organisation in the first three months of 2012 as compared to the same time last year.

In addition, internet Searches on the Find a Puppy website for the Cardigan Welsh corgi - the Pembroke's endangered cousin - shot up by 59 per cent in the first four months of this year compared to the last four of 2011.

"Sadly dog breeds go in and out of fashion, so after a long period of worrying decline for the corgi breeds it is reassuring to see an increase in numbers," said Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko.

"It is a wonderful tribute to the Queen that the popularity of her chosen breed and its cousin, the Cardigan Welsh corgi, has increased in her Diamond Jubilee year, which will have raised people's awareness of the breeds."

However, while corgis are lovely little dogs and can make wonderful family pets, as with any dog they have needs and breed requirements that need to be met.

Corgis may only be small but they have plenty of energy and costs such as dry dog food, vet's bills and pet insurance can really add up, so anyone taking on one of these pooches needs to ensure that they have the time and finances available to take proper care of their canine companion.

Written by: Hannah