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Crown Princess Victoria reacts to criticisms toward her choice of dog

Linda Broström, The Royal Court of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has been criticised for her choice of dog, and for the first time, the Crown Princess has reacted to the strong criticism that was directed at the family’s choice.

When Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel got a small dog for the family in 2020, many were happy as a pet can contribute to a lot of happiness in a family. It is also educational and provides development for both children and adults to have a pet to care for.

Therefore, when the first pictures of the adorable puppy, Rio, came out, many posted supportive comments on the Royal Family’s social media. Nevertheless, not everyone was completely satisfied. Rio is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a Poodle. Particularly, the poodle has been very popular in mixed breed breeding in recent years in Sweden. The most common mixes are Poodles with Labrador or Cocker Spaniel, but the Cavalier mix has also become popular.

This caused, among other things, the Swedish Kennel Club to react. In an open letter, their chairman urged the Crown Princess to think more about the breeding she supports by obtaining a mixed breed.

In an interview with the Swedish newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” that was published on New Year’s Day, Crown Princess Victoria responded to the criticism for the first time. Rio has a prominent role in the article about Crown Princess Victoria. The newspaper accompanied Her Royal Highness on an unofficial visit to Gripsholm Castle, which she did in June when Rio was, of course, present.

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

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.