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


“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. 



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. 


Comment balloon 20 commentsLaura Cerrano • December 20 2018 02:53PM


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!

Posted by Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida (The Climer School of Real Estate) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

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

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) 6 months ago

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!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting lesson.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

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.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 6 months ago


                             Thank you, Laura. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

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!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Anthony Kirlew, Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices (Keller Williams Legacy One Realty) 6 months ago

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!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 6 months ago

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!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 6 months ago

Another Feng Shui insight, thank you Laura.   

Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois) 6 months ago

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!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 4 months ago

An intresting history lesson from a fascinating culture.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 4 months ago

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