Chinese zodiac: Year of the Dog

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:

Dog Years

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

Dog's Personality: Dogs are loyal, honest, but not good at communication.

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.

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Dog

The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Dog

Lucky 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

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

Which Type of 'Dog' 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 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 Chinese Zodiac Dogs of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Dogs' Love Compatibility

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

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Dogs' Horoscope for 2020

Chinese Zodiac Dog Horoscope 2020

 

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.

 

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: Police officer, Scientist, Counselor, Interior designer, Professor, Politician, Priest, Nurse, Clerk, and Judge.

Health Tips for Dogs

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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.

How to Build Relationships with Dogs

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.

Is a Dog Year a Lucky Year?

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.

Famous Dog Year People

  • Donald Trump: born on June 14, 1946, a Fire Dog
  • Madonna: born on August 16, 1958, an Earth Dog
  • Michael Jackson: born on August 29, 1958, an Earth Dog
  • Justin Bieber, born on March 1, 1994, a Wood Dog

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