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.

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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 date End date Heavenly branch
10 February 1910 29 January 1911 Metal Dog
28 January 1922 16 February 1923 Water Dog
14 February 1934 3 February 1935 Wood Dog
2 February 1946 21 January 1947 Fire Dog
18 February 1958 7 February 1959 Earth Dog
6 February 1970 26 January 1971 Metal Dog
25 January 1982 12 February 1983 Water Dog
10 February 1994 30 January 1995 Wood Dog
29 January 2006 17 February 2007 Fire Dog
16 February 2018 4 February 2019 Earth Dog
2 February 2030 22 January 2031 Metal Dog
22 January 2042 9 February 2043 Water Dog
8 February 2054 27 January 2055 Wood Dog
26 January 2066 13 February 2067 Fire Dog
12 February 2078 1 February 2079 Earth Dog
30 January 2090 17 February 2091 Metal Dog
17 February 2102 6 February 2103 Water Dog

Chinese zodiac Dog Compatibility Grid

Sign Best Match Average Match No Match
Dog Dog, Tiger, Horse Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Snake, Rooster, Ox, Monkey, Rat Dragon

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
Season: Autumn
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.
Black dog (ghost)

A black dog is a motif of a spectral or demonic entity found primarily in the folklore of the British Isles. The black dog is essentially a nocturnal apparition, in some cases a shapeshifter, and is often said to be associated with the Devil or described as a ghost or hellhound. Its appearance was regarded as a portent of death. It is generally supposed to be larger than a normal dog and often has large glowing eyes. It is sometimes associated with electrical storms (such as Black Shuck's appearance at Bungay, Suffolk) and also with crossroads, places of execution and ancient pathways.The origins of the black dog are difficult to discern. It is uncertain whether the creature originated in the Celtic or Germanic elements of British culture. Throughout European mythology, dogs have been associated with death. Examples of this are the Cŵn Annwn (Welsh), Garmr (Norse) and Cerberus (Greek), all of whom were in some way guardians of the Underworld. This association seems to be due to the scavenging habits of dogs. It is possible that the black dog is a survival of these beliefs.

Black dogs are generally regarded as sinister or malevolent, and a few (such as the Barghest and Shuck) are said to be directly harmful. They may also serve as familiar spirits for witches and warlocks. Some black dogs, however, such as the Gurt Dog in Somerset and the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills in Connecticut, are said to behave benevolently. Some, known as guardian black dogs, guide travellers at night onto the right path or guard them from danger.

Church grim

The church grim is a guardian spirit in English and Scandinavian folklore that oversees the welfare of a particular Christian church and protects the churchyard from those who would profane and commit sacrilege against it. It often appears as a black dog but is known to take the form of other animals.

Dog in Chinese mythology

Dogs are an important motif in Chinese mythology. These motifs include a particular dog which accompanies a hero, the dog as one of the twelve totem creatures for which years are named, a dog giving first provision of grain which allowed current agriculture, and claims of having a magical dog as an original ancestor in the case of certain ethnic groups.

Dogs in religion

Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), which are mankind's first and most common domestic animals, have played a role in many religious traditions.


Etotama (えとたま) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Encourage Films and Shirogumi Inc., which began airing from April 9, 2015. A manga adaptation began serialization from December 2013 in ASCII Media Works's shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh.


A hellhound is a supernatural dog in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include mangled black fur, glowing red eyes, super strength and speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and a foul odor.

Certain European legends state that if someone stares into a hellhound's eyes three times or more, that person will surely die. In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hellhounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance. They are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure. In European legends, seeing a hellhound or hearing it howl may be an omen or even a cause of death. They are said to be the protectors of the supernatural, guarding the secrecy of supernatural creatures, or beings, from the world.

Some supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cŵn Annwn, were regarded as benign, but encountering them was still considered a sign of imminent death.

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Inugami (犬神, "dog god/spirit"), like kitsunetsuki, is a spiritual possession by the spirit of a dog, widely known about in western Japan. Until recent years, they were often seen in the eastern Ōita Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, and a part of Kōchi Prefecture in northern Shikoku, and it is also theorized that Shikoku, where no foxes (kitsune) could be found, is the main base of the inugami. Furthermore, traces of belief in inugami exists in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, all of Kyushu, even going past the Satsunan Islands all the way to the Okinawa Prefecture. In the Miyazaki Prefecture, the Kuma District, Kumamoto Prefecture, and Yakushima, the local dialect pronounces it "ingami" and in Tanegashima, they are called "irigami." It can also be written in kanji as 狗神.

Year of the dog

Year of the dog(s) may refer to:

Dog (zodiac), an animal in the 12-year cycle of Chinese astrology

Year of the Dog (album), a 1994 album by Wolfstone

"Year of the Dog" (Hart to Hart), an episode of Hart to Hart

"Year of the Dog" (The Loop), an episode of The Loop

The Year of the Dog (film), a 1994 Russian drama by Semyon Aranovich

Year of the Dogs, a 1997 documentary about an Australian-rules football team

Year of the Dog (film), a 2007 American comedy-drama by Mike White

Year of the Dog... Again, a 2006 album by DMX

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