Fu Dogs (temple dog) are the sacred guardians for the house and the defender of law. The male is resting his paw upon an embroidered ball representing supremacy over the world and the female is retraining a playful cub on it's back, representing nurture.
Fu dogs are loyal protectors with the ferocity of the lion. Tradition depicts them as the guardians of the gates of heaven, able to perceive those with good or bad intentions. In ancient times, all important buildings were guarded by statues of Fu Dogs. And Fu Dogs are still used to today to flank and watch over many auspicious entrances to businesses, banks, hotels and the like. You can even find them on door knockers and pottery.
They are known to have the power to eliminate negative chi. Their power is strong in neutralizing or deflecting the dreaded shar chi or poison arrows that come off of sharp corners, busy traffic routes pointed toward you, hospitals, police stations, schools and any imposing structure like a lamp post or telephone booth.
Because fu dogs were traditionally made out of bronze in very large castings - bronze being a very expensive material - they are known as symbols of wealth and majesty. In Buddhism lions are known for being the guardians of dharma.
When placing your food dogs, display them looking in the same direction as you look out of your entrance way with the male at the left and the female at the right. Fu dogs should be placed on either side of your front entrance, front porch or front gate. It is best to display the fu dogs at a height, ideally a couple of feet off the ground, in this positions Feng Shui fu dogs will be able to look out far and wide to guard against and block any negative energy from entering your living spaces.