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, which dates from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in the above years, you might be a Dog or a Rooster.
You can check below or use the tool on the right to discover whether you are a Dog.
|2018||February 16, 2018||February 4, 2019|
|2006||January 29, 2006||February 17, 2007|
|1994||February 10, 1994||January 30, 1995|
|1982||January 25, 1982||February 12, 1983|
|1970||February 6, 1970||January 26, 1971|
|1958||February 18, 1958||February 7, 1959|
|1946||February 2, 1946||January 21, 1947|
|1934||February 14, 1934||February 3, 1935|
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
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, hardworking, 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|
|Famous Dog||Birth Date||Element|
|Winston Churchill||30 November 1874||a Wood Dog|
|Mother Teresa||26 August 1910||a Gold Dog|
|Elvis Presley||January 8, 1935||a Wood Dog|
|Bill Clinton||August 19, 1946||a Fire Dog|
|Donald Trump||June 14, 1946||a Fire Dog|
|George Bush Jnr||July 6, 1946||a Fire Dog|
|Steven Spielberg||December 18, 1946||a Fire Dog|
|Madonna||August 16, 1958||an Earth Dog|
|Michael Jackson||August 29, 1958||an Earth Dog|
|Justin Bieber||March 1, 1994||a Wood Dog|
Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having 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 thoughts to others. Therefore, Dogs tend to leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.
Born with a good nature, Dogs do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest gains. They just need a quiet life and a good family and, therefore, 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 sports so they are resilient to illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever.
In heavy work periods and frequent social activities, they should ensure they get plenty of rest in addition to taking proper exercise, which will benefit both their physical and mental health. Since Dogs are not keen about seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in their home life.
Due to their loyal personality, Dogs tend to choose a career based on the principle of serving others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees as they put their heart and soul into their tasks.
They are easygoing and kind, and are always ready to alleviate the workload of others, which makes them very popular in their work circle.
Recommended careers for Dogs include a police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge.
People born in a year of the Dog may not have much good luck in 2017.
It’s not a good year for Dogs to gain extra wealth in 2017. If you want to be rewarded, you need to work harder than last year. And you will need to do everything in person.
You may have many interesting ideas and be creative in 2017 so make use of your skills to get rewards.
You also need to be careful of dishonest people around you and beware of old clients leaving you. Control your expenses well and reconsider when you want to invest.
If you are planning to buy a house in 2017, you’d better understand the house’s condition well, in case you become stuck in a lawsuit.
It’s not a lucky year for Dogs in 2017. You need to double your efforts to get an opportunity for improvement.
The good news is that you may have creative ideas at work and impress others. You can make use of this for a promotion. It’s also the right time for you to acquire skills and knowledge in 2017, so that you can advance in the future.
Be careful that the pressure of work doesn't cause you to have a bad temper, which may offend your boss, seniors, or friends.
In 2017, Dogs should pay attention to their physical condition, especially their respiratory system, cervical vertebrae, and urinary system. When you feel uncomfortable, you’d better go to a hospital. Also pay more attention to the health of seniors in your family.
You are recommended to go out for some fresh air and spend some relaxing time with your family to relieve some pressure. You can also make some charity donations to increase your good luck.
There is no improvement in the romantic stakes for Dogs in 2017. Because of the pressure of work, you spend too much energy on your career and may ignore your relationship.
Single Dogs have little chance of being in a relationship. You may finally find someone that touches your heart, but there may be many competitors.
Those who have a boyfriend or girlfriend should spend more time with their partner. Otherwise she/he will be upset, which will have a bad impact on your relationship.
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 in 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.
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.
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.