Fu Dogs – Temple Lions placement for your home or office

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Fu Dogs & Temple Lions

Fu Dogs – Temple Lion’s placement for your home or office.

Updated by Daniel Hanna 2023 ©

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Fu Dogs are extremely powerful protection for your home or business; you will find most homes or businesses in Asia complemented by a pair either inside or outside. Out of all the cures and enhancers in Feng Shui, Fu Dogs, in our opinion, are the most essential. They come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the homes I have visited all over the world display some of the most magnificent pairs I have seen, especially the ones in Asia, although you would be amazed at how many I have noticed that have been placed incorrectly and this is even in southeast Asia.

The most impressive are Beijing’s Forbidden City, as shown below; these are really amazing to see.

They are also known as guardian Lions, lion dogs, or temple lions. We consult on hundreds of homes and businesses each year, and around 70% will have Fu Dogs either placed by the door or windowsills; I would also say that 50% are placed in the wrong order; check below for confirmation.

Where do I place Fu Dogs in 2023?

For protection in 2023, you should place a pair of Fu Dogs – temple Lions in the southif they are red coloured or in the northwest if they are made from metal,  especially if you have a main door in either of these locations. As with all Feng Shui cures and enhancers, you should make sure you cleanse all your symbolic ornaments. We cleanse all ours every 3-4 months by washing them and then placing them outside in a full moon or direct sunlight for at least 2-3 hours. By doing this, you cleanse them of negative energy and empower them with positive Sheng qi energy.

You will find many variations on websites, some will have a globe or ball under one paw, and others will have a Cub under another paw; the most important thing to remember is the order placement and not which foot the ball or cub is under.

Fu dogs are associated with Buddhism and are used to deflect negative energy (sha qi) and will see them outside or inside many homes throughout the world and nearly always outside a Chinese restaurant, especially around London Chinatown.

You must first Identify the female and male fu dog. Fu dogs are always displayed in a pair and placed in a particular order and direction. The female fu dog is sculpted with a cub under her right paw. The male has a globe beneath his left paw. Make sure you know which is which by looking for these physical characteristics.

Establish a space outside a door or window big enough for your fu dogs, and do not make the mistake of thinking that bigger is better; place a pair that looks the correct size.

You must always face the Fu Dogs, so they are facing outward, away from the building. They must always be facing the same direction and not placed at an angle. They will safeguard the home or office from harm, whether this is negative sha qi energy, thieves or evil spirits. The fu dogs will not be able to do their job if they are facing toward the building.

 Correct placement for Fu Dogs

Correct Placement for Fu Dogs

Picture of Fu Dogs taken in London China town (a nice rainy March day in 2001)

Fu Dogs taken in London China Town

Fu Dog (Female) at Beijing’s Forbidden City (a lovely sunny day) This magnificent bronze Fu dog is one of six pairs scattered throughout the Forbidden City.

Fu Dog Female at Beijing's Forbidden City

Temple Lions with plain balls under feet.

These are a magnificent pair on a plinth available here.

Fu Dogs

Fu Dogs with plain balls under feet.

These are very common and popular as mistakes cannot be made with placement.

Fu Dogs

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275 thoughts on “Fu Dogs – Temple Lions placement for your home or office

  1. Hi Daniel
    I will be moving in to a new condo, can i place a pair of fu dog on top of my cabinet outside my door? It is true that not all people can withstand the presence to have the fu dog in their place ,It is good or bad? My mum say not anyone can put the fu dog ..please advise

    1. HI Daniel,

      This will be fine to place them on top of the cabinet outside your home.

      Fu Dog’s can be used by all of the twelve Chinese animals although if you would rather use something else, you could use a pair of Chi Lin’s or a Ba Gua wealth protection mirror.

      Kind regards,

  2. Hello,
    This was so helpful! I have a pair of dark red/maroon fu dogs and I’d like to place them at my front door (we’re at the end of a T-intersection) but I’m wondering if it matters whether they are perfectly symmetrical or on the same level? My entrance starts at the top of a step (so no room to place the female without slightly blocking the already narrow door) and it extends with a sidelight only on the right. If I place the male at the end of the entry frame it will be further to the right of the door than the female. Is it ok if I place the female on the first step? The steps are a bit like a layer cake so I could also place the male one step down to keep them even. Or since they’re red, I can place them at my southwest facing back door into the garden and get metal ones for the front door (northeast facing). What would you recommend?

    Thank you for your guidance.

    1. Hi Andrea,

      I would try to keep them as level as possible although do not worry if they are down a step or two.

      Kind regards,

  3. I have had read many post about Foo Dogs and me too has some confusions and worries anyhow. Suppose to be I have 2 Foo dogs which I get from disposal items. One of our tenants asked us to throw away some items for disposal and a pair of Foo Dog is included on it. Then they told us, if ever we want something from it we can have it. So I choose the pair of Foo Dogs. But when my Boss saw it, she asked the other piece that is why I got one now. The Foo Dog is unicorn, no ball or cub handled.

    What is the best way for me to do with it and to position inside my house? Was it still ok, to have a piece of Foo Dog from disposal? Could there be bad omen out of it and for having one alone?

    Waiting for your enlightenment.


    1. Hi Isol,
      It sounds like you have a Chi Lin and not Fu Dogs and they are normally placed facing onto the main door or if large enough outside the main door. If it is broken in any way I would dispose of it.
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards

  4. Someone stole one of my fu dogs, what does it mean for them and should I get another pair? What would I do with my old one?

    1. Hi Wei,
      That is considered lucky and said to have sacrificed itself for you. You must replace them and donate the odd one left over but do not throw away, give it to a charity shop.
      Hope this helps
      Kind regards

      1. Hi Joose,

        This will be fine to place one on its own but please be sure cleanse the cure with clean water and leave under moonlight for the evening.

        You can place the Fu Dog outside your front door. If you have the male, he would go on the right side of the door and the female would go on the left side.

        Kind regards,

  5. Hello, I have a male(w/ball) and female (w/cub) statue foo dogs on its own platform. They are brownish gray looking when I ordered said brown. My question: I am wanting to put foo dogs outside my front garage door (facing south) on each side (Of the main garage door). We have such a small front door entry No room for foo dogs). Can this be done? Or should I place them on each side of the sliding backdoor outside (facing North)?

    Note: I have two male dogs in front of my lamps in the house in front of a window as decoration facing North into my kitchen, where the back sliding doors for backyard, I originally bought them-the store did not have a female, hence the reason why I have two male in the house.

    1. Hi Renee,

      I would place the Fu Dogs either side of the garage door. You could also place them on the inside of your front door, looking out.

      Kind regards,

  6. I recently bought a pair of used marble Foo dog from facebook marketplace. I have placed it in front door entrance facing south. Just wondering it’s coincidence or it bring bad omen. My jade bracelet broke then after my father in law passed away, follows by my greatfather in law. All happened within a week. I wonder if I should give it away.

    1. Hi Ray,

      You are better off buying them from a garden centre or similar and make sure you follow the advice on this page for placement, male and female etc. Also make sure they are not too big or small and better as you said to a medium size.

      Good luck

  7. Incase if I buy fu dogs …. can I place it inside the house rather than the outside… in the main room which is facing directly towards the entrance ..north side …main door of the house.

    1. Hi Anand,

      The Fu Dogs will be fine if placed inside. I would have them facing to the outside of the home.

      Kind regards,

      1. Hi!

        I had a nice pair of small ceramic foo dogs that i kept in my kitchen for good luck (near a main door where people enter). A person working in my house broke one and tried to glue it together and it’s terribly ruined, can’t sit anymore. How do I “dispose” of them without offending spirits or tradition?

        1. Hi Sarah,

          Sorry to hear about your Fu dogs. I would dispose of them by wrapping them in cloth or tissue and carefully place them in a bin outside of your home.

          Kind regards,

  8. Hi Daniel,
    I have a nasty neighbor, will the Foo dogs help? Do I place them on the side of the house toward them or entrance of my house

    1. Hi Sonia,

      They can help, yes. I would recommend putting a ba gua mirror outside, facing your neighbours home.

      Kind regards,

  9. Hi! I bought the fu dogs pair recently…it is gold in color (not metal, not sure what it is made of) and about 9inches in height…I am not sure where I can place it for maximum benefit…please can you help?

    1. Hi Parveen,

      I would place these outside your front door for protection.

      If you were starting towards your front door, you would have the Fu Dog with the ball on the right side looking out and the Fu Dog with the cub on the left side.

      Kind regards,

  10. Hello! I just bought a large, male foo dog at the garden store (he’s got a ball under his right foot). I now realize I need to go back and purchase the female – however, I do not see anything under either of her feet. There are no other foo dog varieties aside from these two, so I am assuming that this one is, in fact, the mate of the one I purchased. Can this be correct, or will the female always have a cub? I do have photos if that would be of assistance to you. These will go in our back garden. Thank you very much for your help!

    1. Hi Dewi,

      You can place them both on their own although they will not be as effective and is better placed in pairs to complete the energy. I would place one by the front door and one by the back door.

      Kind regards,

  11. Is it normal for the male to have the ball under his left paw and the female to have the cub under her right paw?

  12. I wanted to place a pair of foo dogs inside my bedroom is this possible or better off placing it somewhere else

  13. Hi,
    I have two red fu dogs, my porch is in the south east corner of my house. However the door into the house is on one side, the porch extends sideways. Do I need to put them either side of the front door or can I put them either side of the window next to the door? And would I put them in front or behind my rubber plant?


    1. Hi Louise,

      It’s hard to visualise but I would have the Fu Dog’s facing on to the main entrance of your home looking out to the busiest part. This can be in a window looking out or by your front door.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  14. I have just purchased two fairly large fu dogs that were painted a terrible copper color – I want to repaint them and have them on either side of double doors that are black. What color should they ideally be painted?Thank you for your attention. Carla Jones
    email: queeniecarla@msn.com

    1. Hi Carla,

      I would recommend painting them a brown, burgundy colour or you could also paint them a gold colour if you prefer.

      Kind regards,

  15. My husband just found a 3ft grayish resin female lion disposed of froma yard sale I think. Has a small crack In The side. Other than that itsta da in a pedestal and is lovely. He automatically put In the southeast corner of our back yard. Is this good or where can we place to increase prosperity? Thank you for your asisitance.

    1. Hi Sandra,

      I would recommend filling the crack if possible. This will be fine there as long as it is not looking towards the home.

      Kind regards,

  16. Hi
    I have a pair of fu dogs. And I’m not sure how to place them because their heads are turned 90 degrees. The left paw up is facing left and right paw is up facing right. Do I still place the paws up closest to the door? But they will be facing each other…

  17. hai, I have two Fu Dogs, they are small, butI think made from wood.
    One hase the ballunder the right feet the other under the left foot.
    My front door is in the north, my outside windor is in the back on the south.How do I position the outside in the North or or facing the south. and do I have the balls inside the pair or outside the pair.

    1. Hi Willem,

      I would place the Fu Dogs outside your front door in the north looking outwards. You should have the balls inside closest to the door.

      Kind regards,

    1. Hi Gaby,

      These would be great in the west as this will weaken the negative #2 star.

      Kind regards,

  18. I have a pair of porcelain colourful foo dogs. Too precious and breakable to put outside. My question is where to best place these in my house. Our front door faces east. I have a shelf inside on the south side of the door that they can go on. I can also put them on a small table in the entryway facing out. The table will be about 6 feet from the front door if that is a consideration. I also have an upstairs window that faces east that I can put them on. What is your recommendation? Would anyof these work? Is one location better than the other? We have neighbours that we need to counteract the negativity from their home. They live on the south side of us.

    Thank you so much for your assistance.


    1. Hi Joy,

      I would place them in the inside of your front door facing outwards if possible on a small table. They are usually best placed by the front door looking out so if you cannot put them outside, inside looking out is the next best option.

      Kind regards,

  19. My tiny son on visiting a garden somehow unknown to me (at the time) managed to take concrete ball from the feng shui dog paw. It has stayed with us for many years! Would this have some attachment or meaning if placed somewhere? My eldest son was always quite amazed that he was able to take it from under the paw. Lynn

    1. Hi Lynn,

      This all comes down to personal choice if you want to keep it or not although I would personally dispose of it unless it has sentimental meaning.

      Kind regards,

    2. If my child had done that, I’d have taken him back to the garden to return the ball and apologize for stealing. I guess nobody believes in teaching kids right from wrong anymore. Regardless of sentimental value, a stolen object would have negative energy.

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