2018 is the “Year of the Dog”. As a dog lover, I was wondering exactly what that meant (every year is Year of the Dog at Talent Hounds).
I learned that for thousands of years in Chinese astrology, a twelve-year cycle has been used. Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal in a fixed order of twelve animals. After twelve years, it returns to the first (the Rat).
The eleventh animal in the cycle is the Dog (after the Rooster, and before the Pig).
The Chinese and other predominantly eastern calendars are based on a lunar cycle. Chinese New Year is marked on the 23rd day of the 12th month in the Chinese lunar calendar each year and in 2018, this Year of the Dog started on Chinese New Year February 16, 2018 and goes until February 4th, 2019.
One account of the history of the cycle is that the order of the animals was determined by their order of arrival in the so-called Great Race across a river to meet the Jade Emperor. The Dog finished the race second last in spite of being a strong swimmer because the Dog stopped to play along the way. The poor Cat did not finish at all, apparently betrayed by the winning Rat.
Dog is man’s good friend who can understand the human’s spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters. Pugs were bred by the Chinese – see their history here.
Are You a “Dog”?
If you were born in a Dog year (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018), you are considered a Dog.
- Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
- Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
- Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to Chinese zodiac analysis. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. They generally get along well with other people.
- Strengths: Valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively
- Weaknesses: Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional
Five Types of Dog; Which One Are You?
In Chinese culture, the theory of Five Elements rests on the notion that all phenomena in the universe from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, politics and medicine, are the products of the movement and mutation of five qualities: Metal (Gold), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements, for example, a Wood Dog or an Earth Dog each come once in a 60-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.
|Type of Dog||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Dog||1934, 1994||Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient|
|Fire Dog||1946, 2006||Intelligent, hardworking, and sincere|
|Earth Dog||1958, 2018||Communicative, serious, and responsible in work|
|Gold Dog||1910, 1970||Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others|
|Water Dog||1922, 1982||Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues|
Famous people born in a Year of the Dog include Donald Trump, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Herbert Hoover, Golda Meir, Voltaire, Marcel Proust, George Gershwin, Jane Goodall, Socrates, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Dame Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg, both Prince William and Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Mother Teresa. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Paquin, Brad Renfro, Ellen DeGeneres, Heather Graham, Jessica Biel, Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst, LeAnn Rimes, Leelee Sobieski, Queen Latifah, Ryan Cabrera, Shirley McLaine, Susan Sarandon, Thora Birch, Uma Thurman, Dakota Fanning, Moises Arias, Andre Agassi, Confucius, Sun Quan (King of Wu in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 – 280), Li Yuan (the first emperor of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), and Zhou Enlai (the first Premier of PRC).