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 Tiger (2022)

In the year of 2022, Dogs will turn their luck around from the previous year’s hardships and begin to get rid of the obstacles that have been standing in their way. This will be a special year for Dog natives, with gifts of fortune from Tai Sui, and many opportunities across each area of their lives.

Their career development will be more inspired than previous years, with a marked increase in efficiency, which add up to Dogs being excellently placed for promotions and raises at work. Love will be less stellar, although Dogs may find themselves having too much fun to pursue a committed relationship in 2022. It’s alright to enjoy the single lifestyle for a while—especially after the 2020 and 2021 the whole world has experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

Love and Relationships in 2022

Dogs will have average luck in love and romance in 2022. Although Tai Sui will be blessing Dog’s fortunes all year long, their love life may remain relatively flat. Much of this is because of the excitement, adventure and rapid movement in other areas of Dog’s life, leaving little time or interest for the love department.

Dogs who are married or in a relationship will experience occasional spats with their partner, which will not rock the boat too hard, but may be a little difficult to swallow in the moment. Remember the support and love your partner has shown you in years past, Dog natives, as this will be the year for you to show your love for them in return.

Singles will meet a few love potentials in 2022, although serious progress will not be likely until the next year because Dogs will not have a strong desire to commit this year. It’ll be alright to date and enjoy being single this year, especially with all the fun in other areas of life. By the end of the year, however, Dogs may find themselves a little lonely, but 2023 will likely go much better in matters of the heart for Dogs—something to look forward to!

Career in 2022

No matter what industry they are in, Dogs will likely find their career prospects on the up-and-up in 2022, due to the positive blessings of Tai Sui. Dogs in arts and creative pursuits will have more inspiration from life, and once they commit this to their medium, they will find opportunities to show off—in the forms of art shows or book deals, for example.

Other Dog natives will likely enjoy an enhancement in their professional reputation, social status and popularity. Everyone will seem to be inviting Dog to collaborate in some way. This is a year of abundance and expansion, so Dog natives, please make sure you seize opportunities that come your way.

Self-employed Dogs or those in business for themselves will find more clients with ease this year as well. They may find it advantageous to work with other companies or collaborate with others in the same industry. In general, many will admire Dog’s skills or professional experiences in 2022, and want to offer them a bigger stage.

The only thing is that Dogs should maintain a good work and life balance to avoid burning out, and take care of their health to make sure their energy stays consistently high throughout this year. It would be such a shame for the biggest opportunities to come later in 2022, only for Dogs to feel themselves not up to the task.

Wealth in 2022

With the help of Tai Sui, Dog’s wealth in 2022 will be particularly blessed. As Dog’s career progresses rapidly this year, so too will their earning power and accumulated wealth. Aside from their regular income, Dogs will have opportunities to generate side incomes and investment earnings, money that the prudent zodiac sign will certainly put aside or at least spend or invest wisely on something that will pay even more dividends in the future.

Education in 2022

Younger Dogs will have good luck in academics if they keep most of their attention on their books. Teenage Dogs may find their hearts flutter, but please do not allow crushes to distract you from what’s important in life, or you will find your family at odds with you and your love interest. In addition, make time for exercising, as health will be a key determinant of how well you will grasp the opportunities this year will bring.

Health in 2022

With all the excitement in other areas of life, Dogs will have to watch over their health and safety with vigilance in 2022. Often when things go well, people are likely to lose sight of their physical well-being until it is too late. Do not allow this to happen. Take time for sleep and self-care in 2022 and you can be sure to take advantage of all the blessings that will be handed to you this year.

The external environment may present some hidden dangers to Dogs if they are not careful. Again, practice extra caution and do not lose sight of the world around you, and you will end the year happy, healthy and very thankful for 2022.

Dogs in the Year of the Rat (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.