The duke and duchess of Cambridge could soon be welcoming a new addition to their family. No, not a brother or sister for Prince George and Princess Charlotte – yet – but a puppy to keep their beloved cocker spaniel Lupo company. The duke and duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first dog in their family, when it was an adorable three-month old puppy. The black pup came from a litter bred by Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, who adores the breed. Remarkably, however, William and Kate had given palace aides strict instructions not to publicly reveal the name of their pet, arguing that it is a ‘private’ matter. He is a private pet and they do not want his name to be made public although the couple are happy to confirm that they do, indeed, have a new dog, a spokesman at St James’s Palace, the couple’s London headquarters, intoned. This cocker spaniel was the couple’s first together and it also replaced Prince William’s black labrador, Widgeon, who died about two years ago, prior to their marriage. The royal couple have been researching breeds and have been in touch with an Italian company which specialises in breeding bolonkazwetna puppies. Bolonkazwetnas are a small Russian variant of the bichon breed and make adorable lapdogs. The website also breeds bolognese dogs, which are larger, and alpacas. Perhaps they should get one of each! Over the years, the Royal Family have embraced dogs as their favoured pets.