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Year of the Dog – the 11th Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Year of the Dog is eleventh in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Dog years are …1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Dog.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order of the 12- cycle animal signs would be decided by the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace. The Rooster arrived late and ranked tenth. Last were Dog and Pig.

Chinese Zodiac Years – Dog Years

According to the theory of Chinese elements, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements; wood, fire, earth, gold (metal) or water. They come in cycles, with the Earth Dog coming once every 60 years. Theory has it that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element.

There are five types of Dog as follows.

Type of Dog

Year of Birth



1934, 1994

Honest, considerate, warm-hearted and righteous


1946, 2006

Generous, hopeful, down-to-earth and trustworthy


1958, 2019

Responsible, hard-working, courageous and tolerant

Gold (metal)

1910, 1970

Prudent, diligent, independent and enthusiastic


1922, 1982

Provident, energetic, popular and polite

Dog's Personality Traits

Positive Attributes:

Dogs are popular, loyal, courageous and firm. They have a sense of justice and righteousness, and would suffer pains by themselves rather than bring troubles to others.

They are quick in mind and action. When they have decided to do something, they will devote every effort to it. If they are in trouble, they seldom shirk responsibility or shift the blame to others. They are honest, simple, just and kind, respected by many people.

Negative Attributes:

When thinking about problems, they often lack an opinion. When dealing with complex things, they are inclined to be blind. They are erratic, and their emotions change a lot. Sometimes they lack principle; if they don’t have scientific guidance, it is easy for them to drift with the tide.

Dog's Love Compatibility

Dog's Love Compatibility

Best Match with Dog: Tiger, Rabbit, or Horse

Dogs and Tigers have similar personalities and could make a satisfying match if they have similar preferences.
Rabbits and Horses fit Dogs as well.

Worst Match with Dog: Dragon, Goat, or Rooster

Goats have a clash in life goals and interests with Dogs.
Dogs and Dragons are never a decent match since they are basically incompatible.
Relationships of Roosters and Dogs will be full of tension and end in arguments.

Lucky Things for Dog for 2020

Lucky Things for Dogs

Dogs’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Unlucky colors: black
  • Unlucky direction: west

Dog's Prediction for 2020

Overall Luck

Dog's Prediction for 2020

Career and Finance – Excellent

If they remain dedicated to their work, individuals born in Dog years will gain promotionin their careers.

This year people who used to work hard will again display their ability, and gain recognition and admiration from their boss. But when they make great progress they should be ware of envious colleagues or onlookers.

Anyone who wants to start up a business this year must first have a careful plan then take action, strengthen the bonds of friendship and listen to others’ suggestions, all of which will help their business.

  • Ideal Jobs for Dogs: Good career choices for Dogs include: politician, philosopher, doctor, judge, writer, teacher, nurse, accountant, computer operator, civil servant, and lawyer.

Health – Fluctuating

Individuals born in a Dog year will easily experience poor health, having in turn an impact on their family’s health. They will often have foolish ideas or be in low spirits.

They should chat with friends to release negative emotions, and spend weekends with family in the suburbs to enjoy the beautiful scenery and improve their mood.

Pay special attention to personal safety, especially when driving, exercising or using sharp objects.

Relationships – Good

Individuals born in a Dog year will have good relationships with family, friends and colleagues, but should be careful with their words and actions. They had better have more frequent contact with friends, and communicate gently and politely with colleagues.

Famous People Born in the Year of Dog

Many famous people were born in the year of the Dog. Here is a list of several show business celebrities born in the year of the Dog.

Born in 566

Li Yuan (the founding emperor of Tang Dynasty)

Born in 1898

Zhou Enlai (the first premier of the People's Republic of China)

Born in 1874

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Born in 1910

Mother Teresa

Born in 1922

Stan Lee (actor)

Born in 1946

George W. Bush

Born in 1958

Madonna Ciccone

Born in 1982

Anne Hathaway

Born in 1994

Justin Bieber

Some other celebrities

Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Michael Jackson , Li Na (Chinese tennis player, first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title), Song Hye-kyo (Korean actress) , Feng Xiaogang (Chinese screen director)

People born in Dog years are Loyal, honest, responsible. They have lucky and unlucky things. In 2020, Dog people might gain promotion in career, must have a careful plan in finance, easily experience poor health, and have good relationships with family and friends. All these predictions, however, serve for reference only, just like western astrology.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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