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Will and Kate's new puppy breed revealed!

Jan. 31, 2012 at 9:12 AM ET

It's a boy! Kate and Will walk with their new pup on Newborough Beach, January 12th.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a months-old pooch, and rumors they adopted a chocolate Labrador retriever are false, the palace confirmed to TODAY.com: It's a cocker spaniel.

Though they won't release the name (or discuss why the couple chose a cocker, though the U.K.'s Express reports the breed is a Middleton family favorite), the royals' spokeswoman said the male pup came from a litter through a "family connection."

Expect increased attention on the cocker spaniel, as Kate and Will are likely to take more outings with their new furry friend. The pooch isn't the only four-legged addition to the royal family: In August, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Beth. And Queen Elizabeth is a notorious fan of Corgis. 

Tell us: What do you think of Will and Kate's puppy choice? 

TODAY.com senior editor Amy DiLuna's favorite cocker spaniel was a floppy-eared beauty named Cleo.

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