July 13, 2024
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The Dog is the eleventh animal in the Chinese Zodiac. According to legend, the Jade Emperor decided to assign twelve animals to the Zodiac. The announcement went out to the entire land. The order of the animals would be determined by which one arrived at his palace first. Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, and Rooster were the first ten to arrive, and Dog followed soon after.

The Dog is one of the most popular Chinese Zodiac signs because of its friendliness, loyalty, and playfulness. People have relied on dogs for generations as companions, guardians, and co-workers (in hunting and tracking). Dogs want to belong, be helpful, and have fun.

The Exact Dates and Elements for the Years of the Dog

Date Element
Jan 22, 2042 – Feb 09, 2043 Water
Feb 03, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031 Metal
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 04, 2019 Earth
Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007 Fire
Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995 Wood
Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983 Water
Feb 06, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971 Metal
Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 07, 1959        Earth
Feb 02, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947 Fire


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Lucky Signs for the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac

Quality Positive Negative
Numbers 3, 4, and 9, and any number comprised of such digits, like 34, 94, and 349 1, 6, and 7, along with all the numbers containing such digits, as in 167, 716, and so on
Colors red, green, and purple white, gold, and blue
Flowers rose, oncidium, cymbidium, orchid  
Direction West-Northwest  
Lunar Month 9  
Season Autumn  
Western Zodiac Match Libra  
Yin or Yang Yang, the active male principle of the universe, is characterized as male and creative and associated with heaven, heat, and light  
Hours of the Day 7 pm to 9 pm  


Dog Personality

Dogs value loyalty and friendship above all. When it comes to their most important people, Dog individuals will do everything in their power to help and support the people who matter to them. These individuals are sincere and loyal and make the most faithful and supportive romantic partners.

Sometimes, Dogs find it difficult to communicate their feelings to others because they always want to put on a brave face. The good nature of the Dog makes these people honest when it comes to their careers; they do not seek personal gains through dishonest means. Such individuals are helpful and will forgo their interests in favor of helping their close friends.


Being honest, friendly, reliable, helpful, faithful, compassionate, intuitive, predictive, diligent, loyal, independent, and dedicated.


Being short-tempered, stubborn, critical of others, co-dependent, argumentative, picky, suspicious, and needy.

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Personality Based on the Five Elements

According to Chinese Astrology, every sign of the Chinese Zodiac has an elemental attribute corresponding to it: wood, water, metal, earth, and fire.

Wood Dog

If you are born between Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995, then you are a Wood-Dog. Wood Dogs are sincere and patient people who are considerate and understanding when it comes to the problems of others. You are also patient, which especially shows in your work.

Fire Dog

People born between Feb 02, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947, or Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007, are Fire Dogs. Such individuals are sincere, intelligent, and hard-working, having the ability to succeed if working for somebody else as well as when opening their own business.

Earth Dog

Individuals born between Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 07, 1959, or Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 04, 2019, are Earth Dogs. These people are serious and responsible in their work and always meet the requirements of their jobs. They are also gregarious and enjoy working with others.

Metal Dog

Metal Dogs were born between Feb 06, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971, or Feb 03, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031. These people are cautious and conservative when making new friends, but they are attractive and desirable to others and are always happy to help those in need.

Water Dog

People born between Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983, or Jan 22, 2042 – Feb 09, 2043, are Water Dogs. Such individuals are self-confident, sometimes to the point of being arrogant. They are brave and knowledgeable about finances and economic issues.

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Health for Dog

Since Dogs are cheerful most of the time, they generally have good health. Such individuals enjoy sports and any kind of physical activity, which makes their immune systems strong and gives them above-average vitality.

When they experience periods with a heavy workload and a lot of social outings, it is important for them to find a balance between enough rest and physical activity to avoid burnout or overdoing it.

At work, Dogs tend to be perfectionists, and struggles in their career may lead to an increase in anxiety or anger. Maintaining good nutrition, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest are the key factors that will help Dogs avoid illness.

Business and Career for Dogs

Dogs are hard-working and loyal, so they make excellent leaders and followers, especially if the chain of command is perfectly clear. Dog individuals can have their true potential unfold under the care of an experienced and knowledgeable leader.

Such individuals are loyal to their jobs and remain at one workplace for long periods of time. They strictly follow guidelines and complete their projects within the deadline, for which they receive approval and promotions from their bosses.

People of the Dog are trustworthy and reliable workers, and they can quickly climb up the career ladder in their desired fields. Their best business partners are Rabbits, Oxen, Monkeys, and Pigs.

Dog Relationships with Other Signs

Since Dogs are loyal and honest, they make the best of friends and life-long, romantic companions. When making close friends, they will be cautious and conservative, so they will take time in order to learn everything in detail about their new friends.

Once they make an important friendship, it will last a lifetime. When it comes to romantic relationships, Dogs fall in love easily if they get the attention and appreciation of the person they want.

So, they need to be prudent in picking their partner; otherwise, their loyalty can keep them in an unhealthy relationship for far too long. The Dog individual matches best with Rabbit; has okay relationships with Ox, Snake, and Horse; and struggles with Dragon, Goat, and Rooster.