Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Dog

The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.

The Dog is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) xū (), and the hours 7–9 in the evening. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.

Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.

In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It means “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺 / wàng wàng).

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although xū is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).

Recent years of the Dog

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1934 jiǎ Dog Wood Yang
1946 bǐng Dog Fire Yang
1958 Dog Earth Yang
1970 gēng Dog Metal Yang
1982 rén Dog Water Yang
1994 jiǎ Dog Wood Yang
2006 bǐng Dog Fire Yang
2018 Dog Earth Yang
2030 gēng Dog Metal Yang

Personality and Characteristics

A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work.

Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They are also good at helping others find and fix their bad habits.

Despite how they act, they are worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this stop them. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it.

Elements and fortunes

Element Year Fortune
Metal 1970, 2030 These Dogs are traditional and attractive. They have high self-esteem and don’t like receiving help. But they like helping others, though it sometimes causes problems for themselves. They will take over someone’s position and it’ll open up a smooth road to success.
Water 1982, 2042 These Dogs are calculative planners. They focus on building a strong foundation for their future. But when faced with difficulties, they can become very pessimistic. They work hard, but should create bigger goals in order to use their full potential.
Wood 1934, 1994 These Dogs are trustworthy and polite. If given help, they’ll do whatever they can to repay the kindness. They adhere strongly to their morals and ethics. Others can find it hard to understand. They do well in jobs that require patience and will keep fighting until they succeed.
Fire 1946, 2006 These Dogs are dream chasers. They generally have smaller dreams that are easy to fulfill, which motivates them to continue on. When friends have trouble, they’ll give advice but won’t set out immediately to help. Every step must be thought out carefully before they act.
Earth 1958, 2018 These Dogs are stubborn and never give up. They aren’t very connected with the world and society. Though stubborn, they respect other perspectives. They believe that as long as they work hard, they’ll make it.

Men born in the Dog year are straightforward and genuine. They are energetic, though they’re more pessimistic inside.

Very opinionated, they’re always ready to correct others and defend their stance. It’s not that they want to show off. They just feel it’s necessary to help others realize their mistakes.

These men care deeply for their family. Their stubbornness fades in the face of their loved ones. They work to understand and compromise, resulting in a harmonious family life.

Women born in the Dog year are very cautious. They are indifferent towards people they don’t like, and don’t trust easily. But once they do, it’s permanent. They are intensely protective of their friends and family.

They are genial and independent. They love outdoor activities and being in nature. However, they are also hard workers and don’t give up until they succeed. Security and a stable income are her requirements for a career.


Most compatible with Dog: Rabbit, Tiger, Horse

Dogs are the most compatible with Rabbits. They’re attracted to the Rabbit’s kindness, while the Rabbit supports Dogs in the background.

Dogs are often pessimistic and needs a Tiger’s reassurance. Tigers also need a Dog’s loyalty. With Horses, both understand and respect each other’s opinions.

Least compatible with Dog: Dragon, Ox, Goat

Dogs and Dragons clash strongly and are the least compatible. Neither trusts each other and they have intense arguments.

There’s a cold relationship with Oxen. They have different interests and can’t interact smoothly. Dogs and Goats are able to tolerate each other, but there’s not much else.

Lucky things for Dogs

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Mineral: emerald
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
  • Directions of wealth: southeast
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: blue, brown
  • Numbers: 1, 7, 8

Careers Fit for Dogs

Dogs are loyal and obey all orders. They put in their biggest effort to accomplish any task given to them. Because they aren’t satisfied with being worse than others, a competitive job would suit them well.

They are also sensitive to details and have strong reasoning skills. They see the dangers of being in a position of high status. This is why they’re willing to stay in the background and support others. They’d do well in a behind-the-scenes type of job. Dogs are observant and have strong morals. They judge everyone before deciding if the person is trustworthy. This makes them a good candidate for careers such as referees, lawyers and interviewers.

Health and Lifestyle

Dogs are healthy overall, but the status of their health often has drastic changes. Though they seem resilient, it actually hides the symptoms that they may have. The smallest colds can put them in bed for days. Be wary of influenza and other contagious diseases during summer and autumn seasons

They should pay attention to their digestive system during their youth. Their biggest enemy is their unhealthy diet.

Once in the workforce, Dogs will constantly be busy. The stress will lead to headaches and migraines. In extreme cases, it can even lead to hysteria.

To create a strong base, Dogs should begin the habit of exercising early on. Taking breaks as needed and relaxing activities such as yoga are recommended.


Dogs in the Year of the Ox (2021)

The Dog will clash with Tai Sui in the Year of the Metal Ox, which may dim your overall fortunes this year. You are likely to experience challenges in your relationships, both at your workplace and in your social circle.

Choose your words carefully this year, or else you might inadvertently get yourself into trouble. Watch out for those who wish you harm, and stay out of disputes if at all possible. Focus on bettering yourself throughout the year; you won’t regret it.


2021 will be a stressful year for your career development. You are likely to have heated arguments with your colleagues, and you may find yourself marginalized by your team members.

You might even strain your relationship with your superiors, which could have a negative impact on your career prospects. Proceed with caution in the workplace, and keep your temper in check.

Look out for potential backstabbers, but do not shut everyone out; some of your colleagues will want to help and support you.

You should always accept help from others, and appreciate their efforts. During this time, you will likely experience considerable stress as a result of peer pressure. Use this time to equip yourself with new skills and enhance your value to the firm, lest you face termination in the future.

You will need to take better care of your finances this year, as a steady income is not guaranteed. Because of the challenges you have at your job, you will need to take on side hustles to increase your income.

2021 will not be a good year for Dogs to make new investments. Build your savings, and invest sparingly. You will need to teach yourself how to budget your expenses and minimize your expenditures. Limit your spending to necessities, and you’ll find yourself in a good spot at year’s end.

Lucky Months: January, October, and November

Unlucky Months: March, June, and July


This year, you will finally be able to learn more about things you’ve been interested in for a long time. Now is the time to set ambitious goals and work towards them.

You will find yourself inspired by new ideas, leading to newfound academic success. You may still experience setbacks, however. Be patient with yourself if you find yourself in a rut.

Hard work and determination are the only true keys to success, so avoid complacency at all costs. If you are in school, steer clear of gossip and other distractions as you work towards your goals.


The Dog will have mixed results in your love life this year. Most single Dogs will want to seek out a new romantic partner, though your efforts may be in vain. While you might find many potential love interests, they are unlikely to give you the type of the relationship you seek.

If you are not careful, your new love interest might end up causing you headaches. Take your time, and get to know your potential partner before jumping into a serious relationship.

Dogs who are already in a romantic relationship may also experience ups and downs. You will frequently argue with your partner over trivial matters, and quarrels may occur more often. Remember that communication is key in creating and maintaining a loving relationship.


The Dog will have to deal with many small ailments throughout the coming year. You will be under the influence of the inauspicious star “Jiao Sha”, which increases your risk of disease and other health issues.

You will also find yourself under pressure in many aspects of your life, such as your career or relationships. This pressure could lead to stress and anxiety-induced insomnia. Make sure to eat right, exercise often, and rest well to prevent these health issues.

Seek out professional help if things begin to spiral out of control. You may also be prone to random accidents, so be extra careful when you drive or exercise.


2021 will be a challenging year for the Dog. Do not fear. If you believe in yourself and your abilities, you will surely overcome the obstacles in your path. Do not be afraid to pursue your passions or remain optimistic. Nothing will prevent you from achieving your goals if you are determined to reach them.

Dogs in the Year of the Rat (2020)

2020 will be a successful year for Dogs, rewarding your loyalty and intelligence in all endeavors, from career to lifestyle. Friends will play an essential role throughout the year; rely on them for support during success or failure.

The year of the Pig brought fortune to your career, and compounded with this year’s zodiac success is yours for the taking. Be ready for real growth opportunities and overall progress.


For Dogs, the Rat brings growth and renewal. Building on the fortune of the previous year, hard work and extra effort will pay off. Business ventures will do well in the year of the Metal Rat. However, even with an abundance of opportunities for advancement, choose wisely. It might be better to stay in your current job. Weigh the benefits and consequences before moving forward.

Although loyalty in the workplace will be rewarded, be wary of too much risk. Don’t make abrupt business decisions. Thoughtful, well-planned ventures will give you an edge. It can be better to stay in place to let the steady flow of work propel you to your end goals.

With your accumulated wealth, the temptation to spend will be front and center. Be mindful of this; saving money for the future is worthwhile, especially to help soften harder times in the coming zodiac years.

Lucky months: February, May, July, August, September, and November.

Unlucky months: October and December.


For Dogs, this year will generally be positive in all aspects. Success comes in all forms, even with an educational focus. Keeping your goals in check is necessary, and everything will come together in time. Loyalty and dedication to your schooling will drive future achievements. This is your year to improve!

Friends can provide comfort and assistance in times of need. Rely on your cohort for help with studying, exams, and advancement. Being in a group of like-minded individuals is best for educational success.


The Rat brings good fortune along with good health. Proper diet, exercise, and managing stress will improve your disposition. Even with the most unfortunate of health issues, there is an excellent chance to overcome any diagnosis. Remember, this year is one of good tidings and will be reflected in your health.

The most important thing you can do for your health is to stay active and conscious of your needs. Overworking is a definite (an preventable) cause for deteriorating health. Balancing all areas of life will be beneficial to your body and mind.

Family members might be dealing with health issues. Dogs should be prepared to stay true and take responsibility for family matters. Family support is especially important when a loved one is sick.


Relationships will come easy to Dogs as they are faithful and warm-hearted. Be on the lookout for a companion. You won’t have to look far for a new relationship; it might be in your close friend group. A friend can become a new beau. Bonds between friends are always a good place to start when searching for the right person. The potential is right in front of you! Love, at first sight, could be your new year reality.

Married Dogs will experience continued good status for the majority of the year. Happiness and peace will be plentiful. Bask in the glow of enduring love.

Although the Year of the Rat will bring success, there will be periods of weakness. To avoid negativity, focus on the good things about your partner. Keep their positive traits in mind before stepping into shaky territory. Infidelity and betrayal might be cause for change. Take notice of changes in yourself and your partner.


With the influence of the Metal Rat, the change will be apparent. As one of the friendliest of zodiacs, Dogs can expect to be encouraged by friends. Keep your friends close in order to succeed. Social interactions should prove successful in the coming year.

Prosperity will be on the rise in all endeavors with career, relationships, and lifestyle. The most significant positive change will focus on career. With the proper amount of dedication, you can boost your career ten-fold. Relationships will bloom, and life will be good for long periods.