Dog (zodiac)

The Dog () is eleventh of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character , also refers to the actual animal while , also refers to the zodiac animal.

Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Dog", while also bearing the following elemental sign:[1]

Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
10 February 191029 January 1911Metal Dog
28 January 192216 February 1923Water Dog
14 February 19343 February 1935Wood Dog
2 February 194621 January 1947Fire Dog
18 February 19587 February 1959Earth Dog
6 February 197026 January 1971Metal Dog
25 January 198212 February 1983Water Dog
10 February 199430 January 1995Wood Dog
29 January 200617 February 2007Fire Dog
16 February 20184 February 2019Earth Dog
2 February 203022 January 2031Metal Dog
22 January 20429 February 2043Water Dog
8 February 205427 January 2055Wood Dog
26 January 206613 February 2067Fire Dog
12 February 20781 February 2079Earth Dog
30 January 209017 February 2091Metal Dog
17 February 21026 February 2103Water Dog

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branches of Birth Year:戌 Xu
The Five Elements:Earth
Yin Yang:Yang
Lunar Month:Ninth
Lucky Numbers:3, 4, 9; Avoid: 1, 6, 7
Lucky Flowers:rose, oncidium, cymbidium, orchid
Lucky Colors:green, red, purple; Avoid: blue, white, gold
Closest Western Zodiac:Libra


In the sexagenary cycle, 2018 (16 February 2018–4 February 2019, and every 60-year multiple before and after), is the Celestial stem/Earthly Branch year indicated by the characters 戊戌. For the 2018 Year of the Dog, many countries and regions issued lunar new year stamps. These included countries where the holiday is traditionally observed as well as countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Oceania. The USC U.S.-China Institute created a web collection of more than one hundred of these stamps.[2]

See also


  1. "When is Chinese New Year?". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. USC U.S.-China Institute (4 February 2019). "Celebrating the Year of the Pig". Talking Points newsletter. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

Further reading

  • Neil Somerville (2005). Your Chinese Horoscope 2006: What the Year of the Dog Holds for You. p. 367. ISBN 9780007197736.
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