Pixiu is the ninth offspring of the dragon, a Chinese mythical hybrid creature considered to be a very powerful protector, attacks demons and evil spirits also guards against disease caused by these same evil spirits. Pixiu craves the smell of gold and silver and it likes to bring his master money in his mouth. Traditionally to the Chinese, Pixiu has always been regarded as an auspicious creature that possessed mystical power capable of drawing wealth from all directions.
The myth of Pixiu tells that the creature violated a law of heaven, so the Jade Emperor punished it by restricting the pixiu's diet to gold, and prevented the creature from defecating by sealing its anus. Thus, Pixiu can only absorb gold, but cannot expel it. This is the origin of Pixiu's status as a symbol of the acquisition and preservation of wealth.