(1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
The year of the Dog is the eleventh year of the 12 year cycle of Chinese Zodiac animals finishing in 11th place to the Heavenly gate. The old Chinese story behind this was that the Jade emperor ordered the race to select the 12 animals that were to be his personal guards.
Year of the Dog people are born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030 so if you’re a Dog, read on for a few more details!
Unsurprisingly, these individuals are honest, loyal, and friendly. They go above and beyond for the people they care about, bringing a prudent and diligent approach that helps them go to great lengths to support others.
However, they can be temperamental and sensitive, sometimes suffering from mood swings.
Chinese Zodiac Elements
Chinese astrology assigns each zodiac year with one of the five elements (Gold, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire) with each element assigned to a zodiac animal year that recycles every 60 years. The 12-year cycle for each element starts with a year of the Rat and continues through the 12 zodiac animal years.
The next year of the Dog will be 2030 in the metal cycle.
Each Zodiac sign is also assigned a fixed element and Earth is a the fixed element for the any year of the Dog as is the Ox, Dragon and the Goat.
For more detailed information on Chinese elements, see this article on The Chinese Five Elements.
Full Zodiac Animal chart
Below is the full spectrum of Chinese zodiac animals. Click on the image to look up your own sign by birth year and read more about how Judy, Sarah and Kaitlin rediscovered their Chinese Zodiac signs in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking to shower your family and friends with well-wishes and greetings or at least understand them, check out 23 of the most common Chinese New Year greetings in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Don’t forget to visit our Chinese New Year recipe planning guide to plan your own celebration meal.