Year of the Dog

China Zodiac Animal - Dog Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac animals. The recent Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042...

Dog is men's good friend who can understand the human spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. Chinese people regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. In Chinese legend, the invincible God Erlang has a loyal dog partner to help him capture monsters.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Xu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Dog
People born in the years below are considered born in the year of the Dog and they are often called Dogs. Dogs in different years may have different characters because they have various elements from metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.

As Chinese zodiac is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, people who born in January or February maybe were not born in the year of the Dog in the lunar calendar. Want to confirm your real zodiac sign? Just check the chart below or fill your birthdays in “Find your Chinese Zodiac”.

Dog Year Start End Element
1922 Jan.28,1922 Feb.15,1923 Water
1934 Feb.14,1934 Feb.3,1935 Wood
1946 Feb.2,1946 Jan.21,1947 Fire
1958 Feb.18,1958 Feb.7,1959 Earth
1970 Feb.6,1970 Jan.26,1971 Metal
1982 Jan.25,1982 Feb.12,1983 Water
1994 Feb.10,1994 Jan.30,1995 Wood
2006 Jan.29,2006 Feb.17,2007 Fire
2018 Feb.16,2018 Feb.4,2019 Earth
2030 Feb.3,2030 Jan.22,2031 Metal
Lucky Signs for People Born in Dog Year
Lucky Numbers and Colors of Dog Lucky Flowers and Directions of Dog

Lucky Things for Dogs:

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9 Lucky Colors: green, red, purple Lucky Flowers: rose, oncidium, cymbidium orchids Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Things Should be Avoided:

Unlucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7 Unlucky Colors: blue, white, golden Unlucky Direction: north, west
Personality: Dogs are honest, loyal, reliable, and quick-witted
The biggest characteristics of Dogs are loyalty and honesty. In fact, Dog people are cautious by nature, which means it may take a comparably long time for Dogs to accept new friends. However, once Dogs accept a friend, they will be very loyal to the friends and always be supportive. Dogs are loyal friends, honest lovers and reliable families.

Though being just and honest, Dogs are also very critical and sometimes make a sharp criticism. They are not good at taking the whole picture to consider things, which may lead to misunderstanding and blame their own mistakes on others. 
  • Strengths: Brave, loyal, responsible, clever, lively
  • Weaknesses: Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional
  • Dog Men: Men born in the year of the Dog are observant and straightforward. The outgoing characteristics always make them popular among friends and colleagues. However, they may feel sensitive inside and cannot stand any ambiguity. The stubbornness endows them the ability to march forward courageously and never give up easily.
  • Dog Women: Women in the year of the Dog are very cautious. It is hard for them to trust anyone easily but they will try their best to help trusted friends. And they care about their families deeply. Sometimes they may be a little sensitive, especially when enraged. But in most time, they care about others’ feelings and are adept at working with people.
  • Personality by Five Elements: Which Type of 'Dog' Are You?
    Based on 5 basic elements, people born in different years of Dog show diverse traits and horoscope. See what kind of Dogs you are.
Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Honest, reliable, considerate, having a strong feeling for justice.
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Kind-hearted, cautious, working in a down-to-earth way.
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth.
Metal Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, accommodating, strong sense of self-respect.
Water Dog 1922, 1982 Foresighted, responsible, but some self-centered.

  • Dog’s Personality by Blood Types
    • Blood Type O: With high self-esteem, they are competitive in work and love the idea of freedom. Outstanding work abilities and good tempers make them achieve a lot.
    • Blood Type A: They are faithful and genuine but may not be very eloquent. It makes their popularity among friends but also brings some troubles at work.
    • Blood Type B: Persistence and justice are defining characteristics. They always try to achieve success by their own efforts and abhor evils as deadly foes.
    • Blood Type AB: With high self-control and prudence in their nature, they always obtain bosses’ recognition but they are prone to be less communicative in life.
Love Compatibility of the Dog
The Chinese zodiac can not only tell you about the personality but can also predict the love compatibility in some way. Fill in your partner’s name and birthday, and test if you find your soulmate.
  • Best Matches: Rabbit
    Rabbits have the best love compatibility with Dogs. And Dogs are easily attracted by them as Rabbits are always gentle and considerate. Compared to Dogs, they care more about the details. Dogs and Rabbits just complement each other when they make up a family.
  • Bad Matches: Dragon, Sheep, Rooster
    Different personalities cause many conflicts in their daily life when dogs get along with Dragons, Sheep, or Roosters. It may be a little hard for them to have smooth communication and share inner true feelings when dating with people of these three signs.
    Dog's Compatibility with 12 Zodiac Animals
  • How to Get along with Dogs

Most Dogs are not good at expressing, which sometimes makes it difficult for others to feel their passion. So if you are too hasty and aggressive, they may not feel so comfortable. Dogs tend to be more thoughtful when being in a relationship so it is suggested to create a romantic environment and carefully arrange your date when getting along with Dogs. Also, remember to be genuine as Dogs hate all the cheats and betrayals.   

Jobs & Careers for Dogs
  • Best Jobs: Lawyers, judges, teachers, doctors, civil servants, programmers, advertising planners, bloggers…
Dogs are always observant and have a strong sense of justice, so that they can quickly pick up useful information from the daily lives. The characteristics make Dogs suitable to do jobs like lawyers and judges. As Dogs are straightforward, they like to work with people face to face so that they can go straight to the point. Jobs like teachers and doctors are also their favorite. What’s more, the persistence of dogs makes them try their best in work, qualified to do competitive jobs like civil servants, programmers, bloggers and advertising planners.
Health & Fitness Advice
Dogs’ health don’t have large problems and keep a stable status as always because most of the Dogs are active at sports and seem to be resilient to diseases. Some small illnesses like colds, coughs, headaches and slight wounds may occur but cannot strike Dogs down.

However, be careful about flus and pulmonary diseases, especially in autumn and early winter, as they just seem like common colds. Timely medical treatment and regular exercises are necessary. Stresses come from overwork may also cause indisposition. Doing some simple exercises after work like yoga, running, or bikes can boost immunity. Running a short-distance Marathon will also be an ideal option to keep fit and healthy.  
Dog's Fortune in 2023
It is a lucky year for people born in the year of Dog, especially in the aspects of career and wealth. But stay calm even when everything goes well and keep working hard. Their love fortune is not very good and they may need to spend more energy in maintaining a harmonious relationship with their lover, the same to those just making a boyfriend or girlfriend. There is no need to worry a lot about their health this year, just take care of themselves when going to a new place at the very beginning.
Dog Luck in 2023
  • Career: It is very possible they would be appreciated by their leaders and promoted to an important position. But it may draw jealousy from their peers. Also, at the new job position, they intend to travel a lot to branch offices, where the work may not be done smoothly at the very beginning.
  • Wealth: It is generally a lucky year, earning not only a higher base salary, but also more bonus. But take care of their wealth, because they may lost some to thieves or in lottery or stocks.
  • Relationships: The singles are very likely to make a boyfriend or girlfriend, but it may be difficult to maintain the relationship. It is the same situation for those already having a lover; so make more efforts.
  • Education: They would recognize the importance of study and learn harder to acquire more knowledge. But remember to learn not only from books, but also from life.
  • Health: This year, they would be healthy as a whole, in spite of possible stomach disorder when traveling to other places. Also, be careful when doing extreme or driving a car. 
Famous People: Dog Zodiac Eminent Personalities
Stan Lee: December 28, 1922, Water Dog
Donald Trump: June 14, 1946, Fire Dog
Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958, Earth Dog
Madonna: August 16, 1958, Earth Dog
Kim Jong-un: January 8, 1983, Water Dog
Justin Bieber: March 1, 1994, Wood Dog
Check 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
- Last updated on Feb. 14, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Dog
Asked by S. J. | Feb. 12, 2023 20:57Reply
Born Jan. 27th 1995. Am I a dog or a pig?
Born Jan. 27th 1995. Am I a dog or a pig? Also, lots of issues with a new office job I earned in late 2022. This role pays well but the stress is overwhelming on my physical and mental health. Lots of big purchases are coming up for me currently in 2023. I’m actively looking for new jobs that will actually make me a happier person. Will I have any luck in getting a new stress free job and how will my financial situation be for the rest of this year in 2023?!
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry | Feb. 14, 2023 17:33

You are a Dog. The 2023 horoscope says you may not be very lucky in finding a stress free job. But it's very possible for you to get help from some experienced people at work. The financial luck is not bad, just take care of your personal belongings.
Asked by Mary from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 18, 2021 03:58Reply
Career and Love for Dog People
Hello. I have a question regarding my career and love. I’d appreciate if you could help/enlighten me.

1. Career - this is true. I was promoted and received an increase in salary this year. However, I applied to this company that I really liked and I am in the second phase of my application. Will it be a right move to transfer to a new company this year or should I stay in my current company?

2. Love - I am getting married next year to a Sheep that I am with for 8years. It is right, we have been having conflicts recently as the wedding is nearing. Is it the right time to get married for me and is he the right person to get married with for me? Are we ever gonna be compatible? Will our marriage become successful? (Just worried because we always had conflicts these past few months)

I hope you can help me with these thoughts.

Thank you.
Answers (9)
Answered by Haze | Sep. 28, 2021 08:01

Love is not compatible, just let go.
Answered by Marcus | Oct. 15, 2021 10:37

Don't let zodiacs and horoscopes determine your love life.
Keep calm and carry on.
Answered by Ahmad | Oct. 16, 2021 02:58

Quite true do not let zodiacs' determine, but nowadays divorce rate are high most of them don't believe that it is better to take someone is mean for you and till now you doubting the love mean not compatible. As you better reconsider about marriage, it's a lifetime . For a career newly graduate have no issue, mainly elder generation have difficulties.
Answered by Ca an | Oct. 22, 2021 03:50

best get Rabbit, monkey, etc for your marry.
Answered by Janey | Oct. 25, 2021 19:24

I've been in a relationship with a male dog for 27 years and I am a goat very comoatable. The dog is always helping people and nothing is too much trouble and I am very patient and kind we are very close.
Answered by Marianna UK | Apr. 08, 2022 17:29

If you are dog the sheep will get a very massive cut from all your wealth you may even be tempted to have kids that will actually never be appreciated or may even suffer loss.stay away from a sheep this is totally self sacrifice for another's benefit
Answered by Woody | Sep. 30, 2022 02:54

Did you marry the sheep ?
Answered by Livia | Oct. 25, 2022 15:27

I am a female dog water married with people born in sheep year for 15 years. Although there is a bit conflict sometimes but we are happy family. Just trust your love 😊
Answered by Shayn | Feb. 12, 2023 20:49

Born Jan. 27th 1995. Am I a dog or a pig?
Asked by Chit Thet Wai Oo from BURMA | Jul. 03, 2021 20:55Reply
I am a female wood dog, born on March. When will I find new love?
Answers (1)
Answered by Asher | Jul. 04, 2021 23:53

The prediction shows that September would be a lucky month for you to find new love. You should catch the chance timely.
Asked by Ying from SINGAPORE | Jun. 10, 2021 23:43Reply
Job prospects in 2021
I am a female, born on 28 Aug 1970.

I would like to ask if I leave my current job this year 2021, will I be able to find another job.

Answers (1)
Answered by Aiden | Jun. 14, 2021 23:43

Ying, you should have more confidence about yourself. The prediction shows that you still have a chance to find another job. Just be brave and make some changes.
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