Who doesn't like Fu Dogs. Heck, we even like wrathful deities standing guard outside Zen temples in Japan and China. Sometimes you just have to scare demons. It's something they understand.
Stone lions or shishi were used to guard the entrances to imperial buildings, temples and tombs in pre-communist China. They were rather large and depicted in mid roar. They were thought to turn back harmful spirits.
In English the are called lion dogs or foo (fu) dogs. Their use spread throught Asia. They became smaller over time. The male holds a ball and the female holds a puppy. The female should be on the left and the male on the right.