Saturday, February 6, 2016

All About Staffordshire Dogs

Decorating with Staffordshire dogs is a timeless design trend that has been popular since the 18th century, and lately I have been seeing these prim and proper pups making a grand resurgence. The Staffordshire spaniel, which has been in production since the 1720s, became the quintessential Victorian status symbol in England and Scotland. No mantelpiece was complete without a pair of spaniels standing guard. Many other breeds were produced, such as greyhounds, poodles, dalmatians, and pugs, but the spaniels were especially popular as royalty favored the King Charles Spaniel breed.

Today, original Staffordshire dogs are collectors’ items, but there are some lovely reproductions available as well. Of course they still appear perfectly poised upon any well appointed mantle, but they are also charming on a bookshelf, as wall decor, on a vanity table, in the kitchen, or as part of a beautiful tablescape! Let's take a look at some images I collected via Instagram and Pinterest...

Jessika Goranson via Lonny 

In groupings, pairs, or as singles, these charming dogs make the perfect addition to any space! If you are just beginning or adding to your collection, One Kings Lane, Etsy, and Chairish are excellent sources for vintage and antique pieces. Here are a few of my favorites, along with some fabulous reproductions... Please note, I am not an expert on verifying authenticity, but you can find a helpful guide here!


  1. I hit pay dirt! At last I found you again. love this post.n yvonne

  2. Andrea what a wonderful array of Staffordshire dogs!Love them!

    The Arts by Karena


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