Yes, there are some early Staffordshire dogs, but they are the exception rather than the rule. If you have a seated spaniel, or a dog on an all cobalt blue base, or a dog with gold decoration on it, the chances are you have a Victorian or later dog--and I can't help you.
I also can't tell you anything about porcelain figures, continental figures, modern figures, and cottages. And I never appraise or advise on decorating. So what do I do? I answer ANY question about a figure that you even think might be early. Here my patience is limitless. If you are uncertain as to whether your figure qualifies, send me just one photo and we will take it from there.
Thanks to all for reading my site. Sorry if I sound crabby....but I am wallowing in emails that need to be directed elsewhere.