This articulated toy consists of three dogs attached to small boards linked together by rivets. The body of the lead dog hides a spring mechanism. The other dogs are cut-out silhouettes. They are wearing top hats.

Toddlers often learned to walk accompanied by all sorts of animals on wheels that they pushed with a handle, or more often, pulled by a string like this one. Whether the animals were domestic, farmyard or wild, they never moved too quickly. Dogs were children’s favourite domestic animal. And these dogs weren’t likely to bite! Today we can find reproductions of extremely friendly dogs like those of Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939).
Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne
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