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 The figurines, originally made in Staffordshire, England, were almost always made to resemble King Charles Spaniels because Queen Victoria’s dog, Dash, was of that breed.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:
Below, a pair of Staffordshire dogs adorns a traditional fireplace mantle:
In our entry hall, we have Staffordshire dogs that I found in a Vermont antique store:
Paige, of The Pink Clutch blog, frequently uses Staffordshire dogs in her home (as seen in the four photos below).
Sometimes, Staffordshires are made into lamps, as in Frances Schultz’s guest room shown here:
Staffordshire dogs complement blue and white porcelain nicely:
Pairs (or even larger groups) of Staffordshire dogs are often used in bookcase styling, as in the following four photos:
I love the little dog figurines decorating the colorful table setting shown in the next two photos:
Here are a few dog figurines that act as sculptural objects on tables and desks:
I have also noticed images of Staffordshire dogs on all kinds of merchandise. Here are some Staffordshire dogs on fabric:
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?