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.