Crown Princess Victoria sparks controversy over choice of dog for family pet


The heir to the Swedish throne has reportedly faced criticism after buying a pet for her young family in 2020.

The Poodle is a popular choice for crossbreeding, particularly in Sweden, with the most common mixes for them being Labradors or Cocker Spaniels.

However, the Swedish Kennel Club wrote an open letter to the royal asking her to consider the breeding she supports by owning a mixed dog.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the princess responded to her critics, as well as sharing her views on the importance of culture in Swedish society.

The article’s author Ylva Lagercrantz Spindler, said: “The Crown Princess does not seem to have taken on condemnatory views.

Crown Princess Victoria

Crown Princess Victoria has bought a puppy for her family (Image: Getty)

“On the contrary, she shows curious interest when I tell her that we also have a mixed breed, a mix between Spanish Water Dog and Labrador.”

Crown Princess Victoria is the heir apparent to the Swedish throne, as the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

She is married to Daniel Westling, her former personal trainer, who she has been in a relationship with since 2002.


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The Crown Princess is the heir to the throne (Image: Getty)

The couple wed on June 19, 2010.

This was the same date her parents married on in 1976.

The 45-year-old and her husband have two children – Princess Estelle, born in February 2012, and Prince Oscar, born in March 2016.

The Swedish Succession Act changed in 1980, three years after Victoria was born, meaning she would inherit the title of ruler regardless of her brother being born in 1979.


Dogs are a great family pet (Image: Getty)

The family live in Haga Palace just outside Stockholm.

When she succeeds her father, Crown Princess Victoria will become Sweden’s 70th monarch, the fourth female monarch in the history of the Kingdom of Sweden, and the first since 1720.


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