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Decorating With Staffordshire Dogs

Staffordshire ceramic dog figurines became popular in English homes in the 19th century.  Often in matching pairs, they stood guard on the mantels and window sills of many bourgeois English and Scottish homes. The figurines, originally made in Staffordshire, England, were almost always made to resemble King Charles Spaniels because Queen Victoria’s dog, Dash, was of that breed.

Staffordshire dogs are still popular today, and you can see them as decorative objects in many homes.

Here are a few examples:

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Below, a pair of Staffordshire dogs adorns a traditional fireplace mantle:

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House Beautiful

In our entry hall, we have Staffordshire dogs that I found in a Vermont antique store:

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Paige, of The Pink Clutch blog, frequently uses Staffordshire dogs in her home (as seen in the four photos below).

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Sometimes, Staffordshires are made into lamps, as in Frances Schultz’s guest room shown here:

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House Beautiful

Staffordshire dogs complement blue and white porcelain nicely:

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The Enchanted Home

Pairs (or even larger groups) of Staffordshire dogs are often used in bookcase styling, as in the following four photos:

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via Mimosa Lane
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via One Kings Lane (look on the bookcase on the right)

I love the little dog figurines decorating the colorful table setting shown in the next two photos:

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Here are a few dog figurines that act as sculptural objects on tables and desks:

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via Sadie and Stella
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via Sadie and Stella

There are plenty of sources from which to purchase Staffordshire dogs, both antique and newer versions.  EtsyeBay1stDibs, and One Kings Lane all have good selections.

I have also noticed images of Staffordshire dogs on all kinds of merchandise. Here are some Staffordshire dogs on fabric:

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On pillows:

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Furbish Studio

 

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On stationery:

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In paintings:

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In linens:

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I find Staffordshire dogs adorable and whimsical, but my husband says they look like “old-lady knick knacks” and thinks they are loathsome. I am a dog lover; maybe that explains why I like these figurines so much. What do you think of Staffordshire dogs?

 

7 thoughts on “Decorating With Staffordshire Dogs

  1. I find that people either love them or hate them. In my opinion, Staffordshire dog figurines are such a lovely classic decorating detail that stand the test of time and can look great in a variety of different styles of homes. They can look “old lady” but can also feel very modern in the right setting. Thanks for highlighting some lovely images.

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  2. I think, like anything else, it totally depends on the rest of your decor! If you have tons of other “old lady things” and a million other knick knacks then they will read “old lady” :-). But you definitely show how they can read as both classic and whimsical. Great post with lots of beautiful images!

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