What Are Fu (Foo) Dogs in Classical Feng Shui?

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“Fu” in Chinese means wealth, good fortune and prosperity.  Fu Dogs are known as Guardian Lions which have been used in China since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Another name is Chi lins which describes a mythical creature that features aspects of a dragon horse or Chinese unicorn. The concept became popular in Chinese Buddhism, subsequently spreading to other parts of Asia including, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

Traditionally, Fu Dogs were placed in front of Imperial palaces, temples, and government offices. In modern day times, Fu Dogs come in various sizes and designs; miniature statues, bookends, door knobs, artwork, prints, decals, etc.



My client is in process of purchasing Fu Dogs and texted me, “How can I tell which Fu Dog is male and female?  Do I need to have two of them?” 

Answer: Yes, you always need two Fu Dogs as they represent the polarities of humanity and nature. If you happen to come across large Fu Dog statues, they tend to be anatomically correct, yet that is not the most polite way to check. So instead, direct your eyes to the Fu Dog’s paws. 

Male: can be recognized with his right paw resting on a globe that represents protecting worldly wisdom. Depending on who manufactures the Fu Dog statue, some may even provide the “Flower of Life” design on the globe.

Female: can be recognized with her left paw pressing down on a cub (“demon”), which symbolizes protecting the home and removing negative energy. 

Interesting observation: If one of your Fu Dogs has an open mouth, and the other has a closed one, this may represent the in-and-out breath, or the sound “om.”


Traditionally, it’s recommended that you place the Fu Dogs by the front entrance from outside, making sure the heads of the Fu Dogs face outward. 


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
The Climer School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
The Best Real Estate School in Florida

Laura, interesting blog, keep the consistent blogging work up. Blogging, with the right key words, is very important if you are interested in keeping Google happy for your search enging optimization rankings!

Dec 20, 2018 06:53 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Laura, very interesting, and had no idea, so thanks for sharing this information.

Dec 20, 2018 07:05 AM #2
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Laura, I never knew that you needed two of them, but it makes sense now. Very interesting information. Thank you. 

Dec 20, 2018 07:13 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Laura - thank you for the mini "tutorial". Interesting.  So many things to know.

Dec 20, 2018 09:20 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Laura and Merry Christmas! I had no clue about the meaning behind the Fu dogs or that you needed two! Love it.

Dec 20, 2018 02:16 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I feel I learned something new today, Laura.  I was also wondering about the little cats that I often see in Asian restaurants.  I had to smile when recently, I saw one in a Mexican restaurant. . .Only, in California.  They look like this!

Image result for asian happy cat good luck

Dec 20, 2018 05:12 PM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

They seem very similar to what I saw in Tokyo, but I don't know what they called them there.  Bill

Dec 20, 2018 06:43 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Laura

This was a fascinating read, and some great education. I remember seeing some of these in a terrific shop in San Francisco and wondered about them. Now I know!


Dec 21, 2018 08:20 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I did not know anything about Fu Dogs until now, that is a great lesson that you provided us with, thank you!

Dec 21, 2018 08:59 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting lesson.


Dec 21, 2018 12:29 PM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Welll....we have gargoyles outside and in...didn't know the dog details !

Dec 21, 2018 01:27 PM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was really interesting, and now I know how to tell which is which.  I didn't realize they had to be male and female pairs.

Dec 21, 2018 11:02 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                             Thank you, Laura. 

Dec 22, 2018 07:16 PM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Laura Cerrano ,

What an interesting post! I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I've never known the history of them but have certainly seen them in the past. Thank you as I learned something new today!

Dec 23, 2018 05:47 AM #14
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Thanks for the Feng Shui insights! Wishing you the best for the holidays!

Dec 24, 2018 12:25 AM #15
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you - I learned something new today!  I have seen Fu Dogs but didn't know anything from your post.  I appreciate this very much!

Dec 26, 2018 08:49 AM #16
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Laura, Interesting about how to tell the male from a female.  I will have to keep that in mind when I see a pair of these statues around the area.  Happy Holidays!

Dec 26, 2018 05:16 PM #17
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Another Feng Shui insight, thank you Laura.   

Dec 27, 2018 01:08 PM #18
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Laura Cerrano - I try to be very cognizant of clients needs for homes that are feng shui friendly.  I incorporate some things into my own home.  But today, I learned something new. Thank you!

Feb 23, 2019 06:35 AM #19
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

An intresting history lesson from a fascinating culture.

Feb 23, 2019 06:00 PM #20
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