The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all produced similar posable wooden dolls and animals.
This type of toy had wide appeal during the Victorian period. Jointed figures and animals would be kept in a box for playing with on rainy days or during long train journeys.
Dogs have been mans best friend for centuries with songs and nursery rhymes written about them like this one from 1840:
‘Two little dogs sat by the fire,
Over a fender of coal-dust;
Said one little dog to the other little dog,
If you don’t talk, then I must.’