Year of the Dog

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Apr. 7, 2021

The dog occupies the 11th place of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. The recent years of the Dog are 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, and 1946… The next dog year will come in 2030. 

According to Chinese culture, the dog is a sign of loyalty and prosperity. The Chinese believe the arrival of a dog to one's house means the arrival of wealth. 

People born in the years of Dog are particularly persistent in their beliefs. They are highly committed to their work and have a strong sense of responsibility. 

The Zodiac Dog people will have good luck in 2024, particularly in relationships.  

Chinese Zodiac Dog Years 

The Chinese zodiac Dog years comes every 12 years as a cycle. The most recent zodiac years are 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, and 1946. 

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. For example,  2018 is the year of the Earth Dog.

Chinese zodiac years are based on the Chinese lunar calendar which is around one or two months later than the Gregorian calendar. 

Dog Years Birth Dates Element
2030 3 Feb 2030 to 22 Jan 2031 Gold Dog
2018 16 Feb 2018 to 4 Feb 2019 Earth Dog
2006 29 Jan 2006 to 17 Feb 2007 Fire Dog
1994 10 Feb 1994 to 30 Jan 1995 Wood Dog
1982 25 Jan 1982 to 12 Feb 1983 Water Dog
1970 6 Feb 1970 to 26 Jan 1971 Gold Dog
1958 18 Feb 1958 to 7 Feb 1959 Earth Dog
1946 2 Feb 1946 to 21 Jan 1947 Fire Dog

Use the Chinese Zodiac calculator below to find out your zodiac sign and element.

Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth Dog

Each zodiac animal is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. So there are five types of dogs: gold dog, wood dog, water dog, fire dog, and earth dog. Each type of dog comes every 60 years. 

The combination of the zodiac sign and element determines one's personality traits. 

Zodiac Dogs Birth Years Personality Traits
Gold Dog 1970 independent and talented
Wood Dog 1994 Wood dogs are earnest, friendly, cautious,  and reliable. 
Water Dog 1982 attractive, cheerful,  and loyal to friends. 
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 generous and easygoing.
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 practical, calm, persistent

Chinese Zodiac Dog's Lucky Numbers and Colors

See below the lucky numbers and colors for dogs. Follow these lucky things and avoid these unlucky ones for you, and you will have a prosperous life. 

Dog's Lucky colors

Dog's Lucky Numbers and Colors 2024

  • Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky Color: red, green
  • Lucky Direction: south

Unlucky Things Dogs Should Avoid

  • Unlucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Unlucky Colors: brown, yellow
  • Unlucky Direction: north

Dog Personality

Dogs are loyal, courageous, and firm. They have a strong sense of justice. Although they may be not so good at expressing themselves, they are willing to dedicate themselves to the person in their hearts. 

Dogs are loyal and kind. They dedicate themselves to their families and work very hard at their workplaces. They are usually the best employees in companies. 

However, dog people often lack their own opinions when dealing with complex things. They are inclined to be blind. It is easy for them to drift with the tide if they don't have scientific guidance.

Dog's Love Compatibility - The Romantic Relationship

Each Chinese zodiac sign can be best or worst matched with other zodiac signs due to its personality traits. The best matches for the dog are the zodiac Tiger and Horse, while the worst match is the zodiac Rooster. 

Year of the Dog's Compatibility

Best Match with Dog: Tiger, Horse

Dog people and tiger people have similar personalities and could make a satisfying match if they have similar preferences. The tiger and dog can cooperate well with each other at work. If you have a dog partner, you will get a fortune easily.

Drawing on the dog’s independence and sincerity, the energetic horse people would fall in love with the glamorous dogs at first sight. Dog people and horse people will work for the same goals and offer support to each other.

Worst Match with Dog: Rooster

Roosters are not compatible with dogs as they have quite different natures. Relationships between Roosters and Dogs will be full of tension and end in arguments. They fight often and can't compromise.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator


Dog Horoscope Predictions 2024

Chinese Zodiac dogs will have very good fortune in the year of the Dragon 2024. They are likely to meet attractive partners and may establish stable relationships. However, as excessive romantic opportunities can sometimes lead to infidelity, it is important to be self-restraint to avoid harming one's family or existing relationship. 

Dog’s Career Predictions in 2024

Dogs' fortune in career depends on the kind of work they are engaging in. Dogs who are engaging in creative work such as designing will make great achievements in 2024, while dogs who are doing their own business may see many twists and turns in 2024. 

Dog’s Wealth Fortune in 2024

Dogs who are doing creative work will have a very prosperous year in 2024 in their career. They may have the chance for promotion in their workplace and see an increase in salaries. While dogs who run their own business may not be so lucky this year, they will see many hardships in their business. 

Dog’s Love Horoscope in 2024

The relationship is the biggest challenge for dogs in 2024. It is hard for single dogs to meet their loved ones this year. For married dogs, your relationship with your partners may not be as sweet as before. 

Dog’s Health Horoscope in 2024

Dogs, your health fortune is not so good in 2024. The chance for you to get hurt in road accidents is a bit high, so be careful when driving on roads. 

Read more details on Dog's Horoscope in 2024.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Dog

  • Anne Hathaway (American actress): born 12 November 1982)
  • Michael Jackson (American singer and dancer.): 29 August 1958
  • George W. Bush (the 43rd president of the United States): born 6 July 1946
  • Zhou Enlai (the 1st Premier of the People's Republic of China): born 5 March 1898
  • Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom): born 30 November 1874

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in the coming year!

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