Generally anything in the shape of an animal tends to bother me. It reminds me of little old ladies who collect china figurines of dogs (or even worse cats). Having said that I finally think that I get it. Bare in mind that rather than having a little dog figuring standing proudly on my window sill I'd rather have the Balenciaga version staring out from my chest.
The Joseph tiger sweater is my absolute favourite (above the Carven, below and the Balenciaga German Shepherd) because it looks somewhat tribal and could almost be something that your kooky grandmother who collects Wedgewood would make you.