Feng shui Fu Dogs or Imperial Guardian Lions are a strong feng shui protection symbol. Fu Dogs were traditionally placed in front of Imperial palaces, temples, and government offices. They were also a traditional feng shui symbol of family wealth and social status and were placed in front of wealthy homes.
Fu Dogs are usually displayed as a couple. The male Fu Dog is holding a globe under his right paw, which signifies control over his domain and protection of his home. The female Fu Dog is holding a cub under her left paw, signifying strong maternal protective instincts.
It is interesting to note that the lion is not an animal indigenous to China. It is believed that travelers to China brought stories about lions as Buddhist protectors of Dharma.
Statues of lions were modeled in feng shui based on the travelers’ descriptions and drawing inspiration from native dogs.
Today, there are Fu Dog feng shui cures to suit any taste and any home. The color, size, and material can influence where and how to use a Fu Dog—from guarding a front door to adding a sense of calm and good luck to your home‘s interior.
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A metal Fu Dog couple is good for a front door direction that calls for the Metal feng shui element, such as a Northwest, West, or North-facing front door. The male Fu Dog (the one holding the globe) is always placed on the male, or Dragon side of the house (to the right of the front door). The female Fu Dog (with the cub) is placed on the female, or Tiger side of the house (to the left of the front door).
The male and female/right and left sides of the house are determined, for feng shui purposes, by facing your front door from the outside of the house.
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