The Year of the Dog

2018 is a Year of the Dog. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

If you're born in a Dog year, you're a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

Dog Years, Are You a "Dog"?

People born in the following date ranges are believed to be born in a Year of the Dog. Their Chinese zodiac signs are dog.

You can check below or use the tool on the right to discover whether you are a Dog.

Dog Year Start End
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

Five Types of Dog; Which One Are You?

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

See 2019 Predictions for Dogs of Different Elements.

Famous Dogs

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

The Luckiest Things for Dogs

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast
  • Lucky months: the 6th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Dog

Unlucky Things for Dogs

  • Unlucky colors: blue, white, gold
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
  • Unlucky direction: southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 5th and 8th Chinese lunar months

The Dog's Personality: Loyal, Honest...

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.

Good Health for Dogs

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.

Best-Suited Careers for Dogs

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.

Dogs’ Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018 & 2019

People born in a year of the Dog are destined to have less good luck in 2018. 2018 is a Dog year, and our zodiac birth years have bad astrological associations. If youre a Dog, see How to Make Good Luck in Your Zodiac Year.

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Fortune in 2018 — ★★★☆☆

In 2018, Dogs should be hands on people, and take the initiative, to make a profit. It will be hard, but you can get some rewards from real estate projects or technical investments. In 2018, the Taisui star can make Dogs gain a lot from thermal power projects or cultural investments.

Dogs like to gain benefits by their strategies. Sometimes you can be a bit of radical, or play hard. So beware legal resistance or rejection of your leadership.

Career in 2018 — ★★★☆☆

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Dogs are ambitious, and this will be more obvious in 2018. But it will not be easy for you to get a promotion, so you should study further to get more qualifications.

For Dogs who are in a business, you are suggested to focus on real estate projects, technical aspects, thermal power projects, or culture projects. You will be rewarded from these projects, and achieve greater career development.

Dogs, you are in your benmingnian (zodiac birth year) in 2018, so you are suggested to take relaxing walks in parks to get rid of bad luck.

Love in 2018 — ★★★☆☆

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Dogs will actively try to seek for love or develop relationships in 2018. The results may not be ideal, but you may be able to take advantage of a good position and your strong initiative.

For men, although your love life is not forecast to flourish this year, this doesn’t mean that you cannot find romance. It may just take longer.

But for women, your love life is unlikely to develop. Because of your pride and radical nature, you are likely to lose your opportunities.

You are suggested to take a walk around a lakeside or in a park to bring more luck to your romantic endeavors.

Health in 2018 — ★★☆☆☆

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It’s not a good year for health prospects for Dogs. Because 2018 is your zodiac birth year, you are more likely to get injuries to your arms and legs. It will also be easy for Dogs to have a bloody accident due to their radical tendencies. You should pay attention to your respiratory system.

So Dogs should curb their capricious and radical tendencies. Calm yourself down by taking relaxing walks in parks or lakeside areas.

2018 is an Unlucky Year for Dogs

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 Dog year in 2018 starts on Chinese New Year (February 16). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

Are Dogs Compatible with You?

See below for the compatibility of the Dog with other animals, and find out if the Dog is compatible with your sign or not.

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.

  • Best with: Rabbit
  • Worst with: Dragon, Goat, Rooster

Love Compatibility with the Dog

How to Build Relationships with "Dogs"?

They would rather suffer loss than make trouble for others, and never go against their hearts to do an immoral thing.

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.

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.

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