The Dog Sign in Chinese Astrology: Dates and Personality

The sign of the Dog is one of the animals of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Astrology Zodiac. Know the dates, personality characteristics, and related to other Chinese Signs.

The sign of the Dog is the eleventh of the Chinese Zodiac, this native being considered the most kind and understanding. He loves to serve and is very useful. He understands better than anyone what it means to be loyal and faithful. The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 animals that are organized in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The Chinese calendar follows the cycles of the Moon and, on the first day of the Chinese New Year, one of the 12 animals takes its place for that year.

Characteristics of the Dog Sign

  • Symbol - ?‹—
  • Element - Metal
  • Ruling Planet - Venus
  • Hours - 19h-21h (late afternoon, before nightfall)
  • Month - October
  • Season - Autumn
  • Color - Yellow is associated with progress, fame, and personal fulfillment. In Imperial China, this color was reserved for the Emperor.
  • Orientation - Northwest
  • Yin / Yang polarity - Yang, element that suggests extroverted, expansive, enthusiastic, expressive, and communicative behaviors
  • Attributes - Faithful, dedicated, empathetic, fun, helpful, trustworthy, hardworking, respectful, noble, tolerant, sociable, understanding, fellow, outgoing, unadventurous, patient, sense of duty, pessimistic, responsible, jealous, distrustful, cautious, cautious
  • Lucky Days - 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky Months - 6th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
  • Lucky Numbers - 3, 4, 9 and numbers that contain them (such as 34 and 49)
  • Wrong Lucky Numbers - 1, 6 and 7
  • Greater Affinity - Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Dog, Pig
  • Lower Affinity - Rabbit, Goat, Monkey, Rooster
  • Corresponding Western Sign - Libra

The Dog Sign in Mythology

[caption id="attachment_11736" align="aligncenter" width="612"] 2018, year of the dog, happy new year, lunar new year, chinese new year, korean new year, Tet, dog paper-cut[/caption]   There are several legends and stories about the animals chosen to make up the Chinese astrological system. One of these legends refers to the intention of the Jade Emperor to know the animals that inhabited the Earth. He decided that some of them should be brought before him. To facilitate the selection, the Emperor defined two criteria: they would have to be valuable animals for Man or be one of the first to arrive at the Celestial Palace on the day of the election of the animals. When the animal signs were chosen, the cat and the Dog's rivalry was fierce. Each tried to show the Emperor that he was more helpful to humans than others. The cat accused Dog of eating too much and merely guarding the front door. At the same time, Dog referred to the cat as useless, who only hunted Ratans and kept the best quality food. Faced with the discussion between the two animals, the Jade Emperor was asked to pass his judgment. The Emperor asked the two animals how much food they ate each day. The Dog answered sincerely, but the cat did not. Given this, the Emperor decided that both of them could participate in the competition. When the selection day arrived, the Dog got up early and arrived at the Palace on time. On the other hand, the cat fell asleep, trusting that the treacherous Rat would wake him up in time. That night, the Rat thought about how shiny the cat's fur was and how ugly it looked compared to him. He decided not to wake the cat and let him sleep the following day. When he finally woke up, the cat ran to the Palace but failed to arrive in time, and as a consequence, it did not take place as an animal sign.

Dog Sign Dates

The Chinese Zodiac is associated with the way that traditional Chinese culture measures time, that is, in 60-year cycles. This calendar results from the multiplication of the twelve animals and the five elements. This cycle is significant and makes each of the 60 years a special and unique period. Each animal rotates for a given year in a continuous 12-year cycle that begins with the Rat and ends with the Pig. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, one of the 12 animals takes its place for that year. In addition to defining the people born during that year, the animal also influences the attributes of the year, which affects us all. The years governed by the sign of the Dog are the following:
  • February 14, 1934, to February 3, 1935 - Wood Dog
  • February 2, 1946, to January 21, 1947 - Fire Dog
  • February 18, 1958, to February 7, 1959 - Earth Dog
  • February 6, 1970, to January 26, 1971 - Metal Dog
  • January 25, 1982, to February 12, 1983 - Water Dog
  • February 10, 1994, to January 30, 1995 - Wood Dog
  • January 29, 2006, to February 17, 2007 - Fire Dog
  • February 16, 2018, to February 4, 2019 - Earth Dog
  • February 3, 2030, to January 22, 2031 - Metal Dog

Native Dog Personality

LOYAL AND TRUSTED The Dog is the eleventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is associated with progress and care. The personality of this sign is honest and courageous, and he is always ready to defend a good cause and his loved ones. Empathetic, he manages to gain the people trust with whom he relates with great ease. Has a strong sense of duty and responsibility. Dogs seek, above all, to please. They are always ready to help and serve. They can also be less adventurous and develop a certain victim feeling. They are significantly affected by social injustice or natural or human catastrophes with a pessimistic tendency. Sometimes you feel like the world is too intense, and you may need to take shelter to rebalance your emotions. The natives of the Worthy of the Dog make good co-workers and have a strong sense of duty to their community. In addition, they defend their group of friends tooth and nail.

Love and Relationships

In love, the native of the Dog sign is a good listener but has some difficulty talking about his feelings. You may find it easier to build a friendship first and let it develop into a romance over time. Of all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, it is with Dog that children prefer to be with. Very outgoing and fun, the native of this sign seems to have all the time in the world to be with children. When you play with them, you are entirely focused and give them your full attention. Basically, the native of the Dog sign is a big boy. The native of the Dog sign needs to be reassured by his partner and feel loved. He seeks company and is satisfied with platonic relationships rather than sexual ones.
  • Signs most compatible with Dog - Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Dog, Pig
  • Signs less compatible with Dog - Rabbit, Goat, Monkey, Rooster.

Dog Sign Compatibilities

The Chinese astrology understood that certain combinations of animals in the Zodiac work better than others. Some signs are naturally antagonistic and, therefore, have a discordant relationship. The compatibility between the animals of the Chinese horoscope considers the characteristics of each of the animalsჴ€”those whose characteristics match each other well and can tend to have good compatibility. The opposite is equally valid.

The Dog Sign and the Race

The native of the Dog sign is a hard worker and is always present before any proposed challenge. His enormous sense of loyalty allows him to occupy positions of trust. The information that is shared with this native will be safe. Works well in groups and assumes responsibilities well. He does not particularly like to lead and needs to be encouraged by his peers as he avoids aggressive and competitive roles. You need to have a clear idea of your tasks and your job goals. Despite that, he is an efficient and dedicated worker. Top Careers: Gardener, farmer, lawyer, critic, doctor, priest, teacher, volunteer, social worker, educator, researcher.

The Dog Sign and Health

In general, the natives of the Dog sign are in good health since they are usually happy all the time. Being active, people who enjoy physical activity can engage in various sports, strengthening their immune system. As the Dog sign does not seek power or engage in struggles at work or in family life, they do not suffer from anxiety or stress. They know how to recognize when they need to stop and when the goal is to relax; they know how to do it perfectly.

The Five Types of Dog

In the Chinese Astrological system, each sign of the Zodiac is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The characteristics of a person's personality are influenced by various influences, including the sign and element of the year of birth. For example, a Wood Dog appears once in the 60-year cycle. Thus, there are five types of dogs, each with its own characteristics:

Wood Dog

Characterization - Sustainability, Creativity, Growth The Wood Dog is very creative and attentive and values a harmonious and familiar environment. He is very intuitive and empathic with the difficulties and problems of others.

Dog of fire

Characterization - Passion, Intelligence, Movement The native of the Dog sign of the Fire-type is exuberant, funny, optimistic, and gentle. He has a gentle and caring personality. He has infinite patience, which makes him particularly good with children, and he always makes time for all activities.

Earth dog

Characterization - Balance, Reliability, Consolidation This type of Dog is balanced and has material ambitions. His natural charisma makes him very successful in careers that require public exposure.

Metal Dog

Characterization - Utility, Strength, Reliability This Watchdog can bite. He has sound principles, he is loyal, strong, and determined, but his instincts are more robust and stand out.


Characterization - Communication, Sensitivity, Intuition This is the happiest of all types of dogs. He likes to be outdoors, relaxed, charming, and sociable. He is a little more sociable than the others.

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