The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year-cycle.
The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February of the above years, you might be a Dog or a Rooster. You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.
Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to bearing a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important.
As Dogs are not good at communication, it is difficult for them to convey their minds to others. Thus Dogs tend to leave others the impression of a stubborn personality.
Born with a good nature, Dogs do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest gain. They just need a quiet life and a good family, and thus forget the ugliness and evil on earth.
Dogs are always ready to help others, and do not care about their own interests, but if they find themselves betrayed by cunning people they will feel shocked and hurt.
When thrown into doubt, Dogs think the world is evil and complicated. Then they criticize sharply when giving comments on something, and infer all things are according to their pessimistic point of view.
Overall Dogs enjoy good health for they tend to be happy all the time. Dogs are active at doing sports, so they are resilient to illnesses such as colds, coughs, and fever.
In heavy work and frequent social activities, in addition to proper excise, they should pay attention to having enough rest, which will benefit both physical and mental health. Since Dogs are far from crazy about seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in life.
Due to loyalty in personality, Dogs tend to choose a career based on the principle of serving others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees, as they work heart and soul at their tasks.
They are easy-going and kind, and always are ready to alleviate the workload of others, which make them very popular in their work circle.
Recommended careers for Dogs include police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge.
When making close friends, Dogs will take some time to gain a thorough knowledge of their friends, due to their trait of being conservative and cautious. Once they become close friends, Dogs will be faithful to maintain the relationship.
They would rather suffer loss than make trouble for others, and never go against their hearts to do an immoral thing.
In love relationships, Dogs will not easily fall in love with someone. But once they fall in love with someone, they will have great faithfulness to maintain the love relationship and be loyal to the lover. However, their emotions have ups and downs in dealing with love relationships.
Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals works on the principle that only those whose characteristics match have good compatibility. Those who don’t match need to put more effort into their relationships.
See below for the compatibility of the Dog with other animals, and find out if the Dog is compatible with your sign or not.
People born in a Year of the Dog should have a smooth year. It will be a good time for them to thrive in their career. Yet it will not be completely smooth as they must overcome some challenges and difficulties in 2016.
They can make great achievements if they adhere to firm convictions and meet the challenges calmly. Otherwise, they will be ruined.
The career of people born in a Year of the Dog will decline and then flourish. In the first few months, they will suffer from disruptions, and then things will gradually get better; what’s more, they will receive help from the right person.
However, they must not be overexcited at this momentary achievement. Instead, they must lay a solid foundation and avoid being too aggressive or they will be in a muddle.
They will suffer the most disruptions in the tenth and eleventh Chinese lunar months, during which they must increase their awareness to avoid making futile efforts as a result of being trapped in business loop-holes. They will strive unswervingly, and they will reap the benefits at the end of the year.
They should seize opportunities in the first, fifth, ninth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months, because they will have a relatively smooth fortune in these months.
The regular income of people born in a Year of the Dog will not be that bad, but they will have no windfall. They must carefully manage monetary matters and try to reduce their spending. Also, they must not be involved in gambling or speculative transactions in case they become trapped and encounter a financial crisis.
In this Monkey Year, their monetary fortune will be bleak in the tenth and eleventh Chinese lunar months. They had better manage their monetary matters carefully and be cautious about any unexpected financial losses.
Months with good money-making opportunities are the ninth and twelfth Chinese lunar months.
It is likely that Dogs will be physically drained in this Monkey Year, so they must rest more and maintain their health. Also, overworking should be avoided lest they suffer a breakdown. In particular, they must avoid debauchery, or they will seriously damage their health.
In the second, fourth, seventh, and eleventh Chinese lunar months, they will be susceptible to illnesses. Therefore, they must pay special attention to their diet and daily lifestyle. In the third Chinese lunar month, they must be aware of traffic safety, while in the fifth Chinese lunar month, they should not take any risks or there will be bloodshed.
In this Monkey Year, people born in a Year of the Dog will have good luck in their relationships with women, but there will be ups and downs.
It will be very easy for them to be congenial to the opposite sex in the first, tenth, and twelfth Chinese lunar months. While they will tend to encounter problems in the sixth, eighth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months, they should be cautious because extreme joy may lead to sorrow.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Dog comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Dog||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Dog||1934, 1994||Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient|
|Fire Dog||1946, 2006||Intelligent, hard-working, and sincere|
|Earth Dog||1958, 2018||Communicative, serious, and responsible in work|
|Gold Dog||1910, 1970||Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others|
|Water Dog||1922, 1982||Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues|
According to Chinese astrology, people in the year of their birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) will offend Tai Sui, the god of age in Chinese mythology. They are believed to have bad luck this year. Therefore Dogs should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in a year of the Dog.
The next Dog year is 2018. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 16). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.