The hobby of collecting objects depicting one’s favorite animal has thrived for years. The more common species have enjoyed long lives of popularity. Cats, dogs, cows, horses and pigs are examples of animals whose collectibility is well established. Their markets are so stable, in fact, that they merit separate listings of their own.
The desirability of other animals changes with the times. Many remain fashionable for only a limited period of time, or their popularity cycles, often due to marketing crazes linked to advertising.
References: Lee Garmon and Dick Spencer, “Glass Animals of the Depression Era,” Collector Books, 1993, out of print; Everett Grist, “Covered Animal Dishes,” Collector Books, 1988, 1996 value update.
— Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”