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Dog — The 11th Zodiac Animal

Get to Know the Year of the Dog

  • Personality: Loyal, honest, responsible
  • Dog years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, …

The year of the Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of animal years in the Chinese zodiac.

Let’s see the forecasts for Dogs in 2019.

Dogs’ Lucky and Unlucky Things

Dogs’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Unlucky colors: black
  • Unlucky direction: west

Personality — Capacity for Perception

Positive Attributes

Dogs are popular, loyal, courageous and firm. They have a sense of justice and righteousness, and would suffer pains by themselves rather than bring troubles to others.

They are quick in mind and action. When they have decided to do something, they will devote every effort to it. If they are in trouble, they seldom shirk responsibility or shift the blame to others. They are honest, simple, just and kind, respected by many people.

Negative Attributes

When thinking about problems, they often lack an opinion. When dealing with complex things, they are inclined to be blind. They are erratic, and their emotions change a lot. Sometimes they lack principle; if they don’t have scientific guidance, it is easy for them to drift with the tide.

The Most Famous Chinese Person Born in a Dog Year

Confucius (551 - 479 B.C.) is a great thinker and educator in the Spring and Autumn period and Warring States and the founder of the Confucian School. The main literature representative of his thoughts is the Analects. The basic thoughts of Confucius can be embodied in the following six aspects:

  • "Humanity"(仁)-- how to conduct oneself and deal with relationship between people.
  • "Rite"(礼)--  has an interaction relationship with "humanity".
  • "Neutrality"(中庸), namely, "mediocrity", -- requires people to follow "the doctrine of mediocrity".
  • "Virtue"(德)-- mainly refers to "humanitarian rule" and "virtuous governing" in the strategies of managing state affairs.
  • "Education"(教)-- the educational thoughts of establishing private institution, educating without distinction and teaching students in accordance of their aptitude.
  • "Cultivation"(修身)-- people should strengthen the cultivation of individual mind, "self-command", and "the cultivation of one's morality".

Confucius is a kind-of prototypical Chinese. His ideas–today known as Confucianism– have influenced China for thousands of years and have been incorporated into Chinese culture.

The idea of mediocrity can easily be found in ancient royal architecture; for instance in the Forbidden City, as the palace is perfectly symmetrical. If you want to learn more about Confucius, there is a Confucius Institute in Chengdu where you can register as a student.

Forecasts for Dogs in 2019

Overall Luck

Career and Finance – Excellent

If they remain dedicated to their work, individuals born in Dog years will gain promotionin their careers.

This year people who used to work hard will again display their ability, and gain recognition and admiration from their boss. But when they make great progress they should be ware of envious colleagues or onlookers.

Anyone who wants to start up a business this year must first have a careful plan then take action, strengthen the bonds of friendship and listen to others’ suggestions, all of which will help their business.

Ideal Jobs for Dogs: Good career choices for Dogs include: politician, philosopher, doctor, judge, writer, teacher, nurse, accountant, computer operator, civil servant, and lawyer.

Health – Fluctuating

Individuals born in a Dog year will easily experience poor health, having in turn an impact on their family’s health. They will often have foolish ideas or be in low spirits.

They should chat with friends to release negative emotions, and spend weekends with family in the suburbs to enjoy the beautiful scenery and improve their mood.

Pay special attention to personal safety, especially when driving, exercising or using sharp objects.

Relationships – Good

Individuals born in a Dog year will have good relationships with family, friends and colleagues, but should be careful with their words and actions. They had better have more frequent contact with friends, and communicate gently and politely with colleagues.

Love Compatibility with Other Chinese Zodiac Signs

Every animal sign has its own special attributes. The compatibility of different Chinese zodiac creatures depends on their attributes. People whose zodiac qualities coordinate well can be great companions.

Dogs are characterized by both honesty and responsibility. They are considerate and tolerant, and do well with people conceived in years of the Tiger, Rabbit or Horse.

Dogs and Tigers have similar personalities and could make a satisfying match if they have similar preferences.

Dogs and Dragons are never a decent match since they are basically incompatible.

  • Best with: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse
  • Worst with: Dragons, Ox, Goat, Rooster

Types of Dog — Five Elements and Years

According to the theory of Chinese elements, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements; wood, fire, earth, gold (metal) or water. They come in cycles, with the Earth Dog coming once every 60 years. Theory has it that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element.

There are five types of Dog as follows.

Type of Dog

Year of Birth



1934, 1994

Honest, considerate, warm-hearted and righteous


1946, 2006

Generous, hopeful, down-to-earth and trustworthy


1958, 2019

Responsible, hard-working, courageous and tolerant

Gold (metal)

1910, 1970

Prudent, diligent, independent and enthusiastic


1922, 1982

Provident, energetic, popular and polite

Greetings for a Dog Year

  • Good luck for this Dog year.

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Some Famous People Born in a Year of the Dog

Many famous people were born in the year of the Dog. Here is a list of several show business celebrities born in the year of the Dog.

Born in 566

Li Yuan (the founding emperor of Tang Dynasty)

Born in 1898

Zhou Enlai (the first premier of the People's Republic of China)

Born in 1874

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Born in 1910

Mother Teresa

Born in 1922

Stan Lee (actor)

Born in 1946

George W. Bush

Born in 1958

Madonna Ciccone

Born in 1982

Anne Hathaway

Born in 1994

Justin Bieber

Some other celebrities

Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Michael Jackson , Li Na (Chinese tennis player, first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title), Song Hye-kyo (Korean actress) , Feng Xiaogang (Chinese screen director)

Which Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You?

  • Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Goat: 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2030, 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

The years above are Chinese calendar years, starting at Chinese New Year, which usually falls between January 21st and February 20th. To confirm their Chinese zodiac sign, people born in January or February should examine the date of Chinese New Year in the year of their birth.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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