Dog (zodiac):The Year of the Dog has arrived.

The Chinese Zodiac is a 12-year cycle, each year is named after a different animal that has distinct characteristics of its year. The dog is the eleventh in a 12-lunar-year cycle of animal-year signs. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits, physical and mental abilities and degree of success and happiness throughout their lifetime.

The years of Dog - 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

The twelve animals, in order:

  1. Rat
  2. Buffalo
  3. Tiger
  4. Rabbit
  5. Dragon
  6. Snake
  7. Horse
  8. Sheep
  9. Monkey
  10. Rooster
  11. Dog
  12. Pig

The Dog is the most likeable sign of the Chinese zodiac. Like his animal namesake, he is loyal with a capital "L". He is the one who on people are most likely to turn to when they need help. The dog person will come through every time. That is because he/she is sensitive to others and empathizes with them, particularly if someone has suffered an injustice; he/she reacts quickly with the same feeling as though he/she had been personally offended. Friends value these qualities, and know that they can rely upon their Dog friend to keep a promise or remain cool in a crisis.

Chinese Astrology

In the West, the Dog is man's best friend, but in Chinese Astrology this Sign is a little more unpredictable than that. Dogs are loyal, faithful and honest and always stick to their firm codes of ethics. However, this Sign has trouble trusting others. It's generally quite trustworthy itself -- except for the occasional "little white lies" the Dog tells in order to make things go more smoothly. The Dog makes a wonderful, discreet and loyal friend (despite any white lies) and is an excellent listener. This Sign tends to root for the underdog and its keen sense of right and wrong makes it duty-bound to the core. The Dog's mantra seems to be, Live right, look out for the little people and fight injustice whenever possible.

Dogs can also be rather dogmatic too. They don't go in for light social banter; instead, they go straight for home, expostulating on the topics that are most important to them. At these times the Dog's narrow-minded or stubborn side can become apparent; this Sign has trouble staying light and calm when an important issue is at stake. This Sign can also be very temperamental; mood swings characterize its emotional life and often the Dog needs to run off to be alone in order to recuperate. Part of the problem is the result of this Sign's load of irrational fears that turn into niggling anxieties that turn into hurt feelings and occasional grouchiness. This sensitive Sign needs to warm up to others over time and gradually learn to trust them. Without that trust as a foundation, Dogs can be judgmental and coarse.

The Dog's discerning nature does make it an excellent business person, one who can turn that picky, guarded nature into a keen sense of the truth of another's motives. Where love is concerned, Dogs often have a tough time finding the right match. They can be so anxious and overwrought in the romance dance that they'll stress their partner to the max! In any forum, this Sign is happiest when able to be quite physically active; at home or at work, the Dog will always be constructing something new or cleaning something up in order to make things better. Dogs need to work on controlling their irrational worries and would also be well-served to relax their mile-high standards, which can sometimes wind up alienating the ones they love.

The dog’s personality

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature.

Positive Traits: The have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep secrets. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the years of the Horse, Tiger and Rabbit. They are intelligent and straightforward. They will take on any responsibility that is given to them and you can be sure that they will do their job conscientiously and well. They make an excellent business person, teacher or secret agent. Dog people are often born old and get younger as they age.

Such people have a great sense of integrity and fair play. They are idealistic, and dreamers to the core. They never really accept the fact that injustice and oppression can exist in the world. As a result, people born in this year tend to be easily upset and shocked more often than the other more realistic zodiac sign types.

There is certainly a pessimistic side to their character and their spirit is drained when they hear of situations beyond their control, such as natural or human disasters. It is natural for the dog person to long for everything to be done in the best possible way and he/she is often anxious about the potential problems that may occur with him/her or those around them.

It is very important for the Dog person to avoid worrying about problems that have not even materialized yet. There is no doubt that these people have a strong sense of duty and responsibility, but they should learn to relax and realize that it is impossible to control everything.

Negative Traits: Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Also they worry too much. They take everything very seriously. You may hear the Dog complain a lot about street lamps, about traffic, or about weather, but the older he/she gets, the less seriously they take their own criticisms.

It is very important for the Dog person to avoid worrying about problems that have not even materialized yet. There is no doubt that these people have a strong sense of duty and responsibility, but they should learn to relax and realize that it is impossible to control everything.


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