- a fierce-looking dog with a lion's mane, used as a motif in East Asian art
- a figurine or statue in the form of this dog
A stylized figure of a lion, traditionally placed as a symbolic guardian at the entrance to a Chinese temple or other building.
Origin of foo dogPerhaps from Mandarin fó Buddha ( from Middle Chinese f&hhook;ut Buddha ) ( from late Old Chinese but Buddha ) ( from Sanskrit buddhah Buddha ; see Buddha 2. ) or from Mandarin fú good fortune ( from Middle Chinese fuwk ) dog ( from the stylized lion's doglike appearance )
bronze foo dog statue at the Gate of Supreme Harmony at the Forbidden City
(plural foo dogs)