What Is the Meaning of Foo Dog Statues?

Foo Dog statues are a strong ancient feng shui protection symbol in Chinese history. Also called Chinese or Imperial Guardian Lions, they traditionally guarded tombs, palaces, government buildings and homes of wealthy, powerful individuals.

Lions, seen as spiritual in Buddhist religion, is discerned as a protector of the sacred and defender of evil spirits, trespassers and offenders. These aesthetic statues are commonly presented as a male and female pair. The male lion is depicted holding a ball or globe under his paw, symbolizing supremacy and safety. The female lion holds a playful cub under hers, signifying nurture and protection. Foo Dogs are still popular in China and several other countries today.