Fu dogs are believed to be really great and loyal protectors with the energy and protective nature of the lion. Tradition shows them as the protectors of the “gates of heaven,” with the ability to tell if someone has good or bad intentions. Long ago, statues of Fu Dogs protected all big buildings of importance. It is interesting that Fu Dogs are used today to stand guard and look over any promising entrances to businesses, banks, hotels and any business like that. They are even designed on doorknockers and pottery. They have a reputation to get rid of negative chi. Fu Dogs have the ability to neutralize or deflect the “shar chi” also known as the poison arrows that project from sharp corners, oncoming traffic, hospitals, police stations, schools and any large structure.
Fu Dogs are symbols of wealth and majesty. In Buddhism lions are known for being the protectors of dharma. Feng Shui Fu dogs are always shown in pairs, this is to represent harmonious energy, similar to the yin and yang. The male fu dog is often depicted with his paw on an embroidered ball, with the flower of life engraved on it to represent protection of the earth. On the other hand, the female fu dog holds a happy cub either on her back or under her paw, demonstrating nurturing and descendant luck.
Fu dogs should be located with one on each side of the entrance. Place the male to the left and the female to the right, looking out. It is best to display the fu dogs a couple of feet above the floor, it is believed that in this position fu dogs will look out to protect against and refuse any negative energy from coming in to your home.