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

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766
Original content by Laura Cerrano #888

A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT FU DOGS

“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.

 

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN SELECTING YOUR FU DOGS

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.”


HOW TO POSITION YOUR FU DOGS

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. 

 

 

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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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Laura. Always nice to learn something new every day. Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Feb 23, 2019 01:02 AM #1
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks for the re-blog, Roy.  I am beginning to see the value of Feng Shui in many circumstances.

Feb 23, 2019 05:25 AM #2
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Joan Cox
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Roy, great choice for a reblog, and had missed Laura's original post.

Feb 23, 2019 05:43 AM #3
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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HI Roy Kelley - I learned something new today. Thank you for highlighting Laura Cerrano 's blog.

Feb 23, 2019 06:32 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Laura Cerrano

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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An intresting history lesson from a fascinating culture.

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Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

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