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Recent years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030... 2018 is classed as an Earth Dog year.
The Dog occupies the 11th position in the Chinese zodiac after the Rooster and before the Pig. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle.
You will get the following information on this page:
People born in the following date ranges are believed to be born in a year of the Dog and are called Dogs.
Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign. Each Dragon year also has one of five elements associated with it.
You can check the table below or use our "Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign" tool to find your zodiac animal sign.
|Dog Year||When||Type of Dog|
|1934||February 14, 1934 – February 3, 1935||Wood Dog|
|1946||February 2, 1946 – January 21, 1947||Fire Dog|
|1958||February 18, 1958 – February 7, 1959||Earth Dog|
|1970||February 6, 1970 – January 26, 1971||Gold Dog|
|1982||January 25, 1982 – February 12, 1983||Water Dog|
|1994||February 10, 1994 – January 30, 1995||Wood Dog|
|2006||January 29, 2006 – February 17, 2007||Fire Dog|
|2018||February 16, 2018– February 4, 2019||Earth Dog|
|2030||February 3, 2030 – January 22, 2031||Gold 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.
When thrown into doubt, Dogs think the world is evil and complicated. Then they criticize sharply when making comments, and infer that all things are according to their pessimistic point of view.
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 Dog, 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 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.
Is she/he compatible with you? Take the test and see...
2020 is a year beginning well and ending hard for Dogs. With everything going well, they won’t be satisfied because of their slowly growing greed. Throughout the whole year, Dogs should always be aware of gains and losses, so that they will know how to behave correctly.
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: Police officer, Scientist, Counselor, Interior designer, Professor, Politician, Priest, Nurse, Clerk, and Judge.
Overall, Dogs enjoy good health as 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 on seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in their home lives.
They would rather suffer a loss than make trouble for others, and never go against their hearts to do something immoral.
When making close friends, Dogs will take some time to gain a thorough understanding of their friends, due to their traits 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 do, they will be incredibly faithful to maintain the relationship and be loyal to their partner. However, their emotions have ups and downs when dealing with love relationships.
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. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.