2018 Marks the Year of the Dog year of the dog


The Chinese zodiac calendar is on a 12-year repeating cycle. The dog takes up the eleventh position on the calendar.

In Chinese culture, there are specific traits and symbols of luck that those born in the Year of the Dog have. Some of the symbols of luck are as follows:

  • Colors: red, green, and purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, and 9
  • Flowers: rose and cymbidium orchids

Unlucky this for dogs include:

  • Colors: blue, white, and gold
  • Numbers: 1, 6, and 7

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is also associated with one of the five elements. These elements are metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. Each of these occurs once every 60 years. The zodiac animal and element work together to give people born under them unique characteristics. This year is the year of the Earth Dog, which means that those born this year are said to be serious, communicative, and responsible in work.

Personality traits that are associated with the dog include a number of characteristics that we also associate with the real animal. These include:

  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Sincerity
  • Helpful

People born in the Year of the Dog are said to be kind and loyal, but they are also cautious. Since dogs aren’t good at communication, they tend to make others think that they are stubborn. However, they are good natured and always ready to help other people, even those who are likely to betray them. Those born in the Year of the Dog are said to be the most trustworthy partners and the truest friends.

Other Years of the Dog include:

  • 1934
  • 1946
  • 1958
  • 1970
  • 1982
  • 1994
  • 2006
  • 2018
  • 2030

Were you born in the Year of the Dog? Let us know if the above traits are true for you in the comments!