The actual breed of Foo/Fu dog is the ancient sacred dog of
Nepal and Tibet who guards Buddhist temples. The Foo Dog is viewed as the
protector of sacred buildings and a defender of law. The association between
the Foo Dog and Buddha is one of great significance to Buddhist
practitioners. The Foo Dog found its way into Chinese art with the advent of
Buddhism in the country. The association of the Foo Dog breed with the
Buddhist dharma is of great significance to the Chinese and has become a
symbol of the Chinese culture.
The Chinese mythological creature known also as Foo Dog or Fu
Dog, is based on a cross between the real Foo Dogs of Nepal and Tibet and a
lion. A Foo Dog has a half lion, half dog appearance. The Lion is known as
the proud master of the animal kingdom and the dog is a protector and
friend. Lions are not an animal indigenous to China. History says that
travelers brought stories about lions from the Buddhist temples in India.
Feng Shui and Foo Dog.
Foo Dogs protect the inhabitants from bad energy. Foo Dogs
attract positive “Chi”, the universal life force energy, and ward off bad
Chi. Chinese Foo Dogs are one of the strongest Feng Shui protection symbols.
The Foo Dog is also a traditional Feng Shui symbol of family wealth and
social status and were placed in front of wealthy homes.
As a symbol in Feng Shui the Foo Dog is a defender and
protector of sacred buildings. The use of the Foo Dog in Feng Shui however,
is not restricted to the Buddhist temples. The Feng Shui protective benefits
are also used for the home, business centers and offices. The tombs of
ancestors are also frequently decorated with the Foo Dog as a means of
driving away evil spirits.
Having a Foo Dog in any part of your home is auspicious. The
positive Feng Shui effects of the Foo Dog can be maximized depending on
where it is placed. The Foo Dogs ability to protect the occupants from bad
energy and evil spirits is best utilized when the Foo Dog is placed at the
entrance to the building or near the front door.
Do not place the Foo Dog in lower-energy area, such as the
bathroom, closet or garage. It is best to place a Foo Dog Painting at eye
level. Placing the Foo Dog too high can cause an excessive level of energy
in the room. Placing too low is a sign of disrespect and can decrease the
effectiveness of Feng Shui. The Foo Dog Painting is a very potent symbol,
it has been the official guard dog for Buddhist temples for many centuries.
The majority of our Foo Dog paintings capture the role that
the Foo Dogs play as guardians of. There are however incorporated with other
concepts like peace, serenity and tranquility that Foo Dogs represent.