Staffordshire Dog Collection // Pursuing Vintage

If you follow me on Instagram you saw this photo:

Staffordshire Dog Collection // Pursuing Vintage

I wanted to reassure you that I have not started hoarding Staffordshire dogs (as fun as that would be!).  The big guy in the background is our family pet, and the others are available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop.

Fun tidbit (as found on Wikipedia): There are various tales said to portray the usefulness of placing the Staffordshire spaniel figurines on window sills. One story is that a woman could place the ornaments in her front window; if the spaniels were turned back to back, it meant her husband was at home. If he was away or at sea, the dogs would be placed facing each other. When her lover passed the house, he would then know by the way the dogs were facing, whether it was safe for him to visit her without her husband knowing.

If you’re not going to use Stafforshire dogs to summon your lover, you may wonder how else you can use them.  Let’s look at some inspiration!

They don’t have to go on your fireplace mantel.  The dogs are styled nicely onto tables, bars, and shelves.

via Lonny


via Mimosa Lane


via Absolutely Beautiful Things


via The Inspired Room


via Where the Sidewalk Begins


For a more traditional look, place the dogs on your mantel.  They work well as either the focal point, or as part of a larger collection.

via Southern in the City


via Family Circle


via Houzz


And don’t forget to dress them up for the holidays!

via BHG


Don’t wait – grab a pair of Staffordshire mantel dogs from The Pursuing Vintage Shop!   And to further entice you, take 20% off your purchase through Sunday at midnight.

Pursuing Vintage Black Friday Sale

Help me spread the word!  I’d love it if you would share & pin the coupon.  Let’s all remember to “shop small” this weekend.

Have a great Wednesday – safe travels if you’re on your way out of town, and sane preparations to you if you’re hosting!




4 replies
  1. Karena
    Karena says:

    Kristen I love these wonderful dogs and will one day soon order from you (hoping that you still have some in your inventory!)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Anna @Annabode
    Anna @Annabode says:

    Fun fact about those dogs: they were originally based on Chinese porcelain fo “dogs” (which were actually more like lions). Love the photo of them all across the bookshelf!

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