My daughter has a tiny obsession with dogs. Big dogs or little dogs and apparently is doesn't matter if they are real or made of porcelain. We discovered over the holidays that Elli really (i mean REALLY) likes my mom's staffordshire porcelain dogs. When no real dogs are in the house, Elli runs up to the fireplace (the porcelain dogs live on the mantel) and signs 'dog' while pointing up at the staffordshire dogs. She is a very strong willed little girl and won't give up unless you let her pet the fake dogs.