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What is the meaning of foo dogs? The words fo and fu mean “Buddha” in Chinese, and foo dogs resemble two Chinese dog breeds associated with lions: the shih tzu (“lion dog”) and the chow chow (“puffy lion dog”). And so, foo + dog became foo dog. More accurately, though, they’re “guardian lions,” and should be referred to as such.
Are foo dogs Japanese or Chinese? Foo Dogs are Chinese protection symbols of feng shui that typically “guard” the entranceways to buildings and homes. Ironically, they don’t actually depict dogs, but rather lions. They are always presented in pairs and are traditionally carved from granite, marble or some other decorative stone.
Where should foo dogs be placed? Huge statues of Fu Dogs would beautify a front door (of a home or office), garden or outdoor spaces when placed on the either side. The female (that has its paws on a baby lion) must be placed on the left side of the door, as you face towards it from the outside.
What kind of dog is a foo dog? Foo dogs are actually lions. They originated in China, shi, meaning lion or shishi or stone lion. Yet they resemble the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu which led them to be called foo dogs (or fu dogs) in English. Foo dogs were originally displayed outdoors.