What does the Year of the Dog mean in Chinese Astrology?

The Zodiac Stars // For the first time, since 1958, it's the year of Earth Dog in Chinese Astrology. Find out what that means on the Zodiac Stars!
In the Chinese astrological calendar each year is characterized by an animal. Starting on 16th of February, the year of the dog will be amazing for all the people born in this sign!
The Chinese astrological wheel has 12 different animals and each year the animals change. It’s known that the animal that reigned in your year of birth says a lot about your character, and there’s actually more to it! Each year the animal is defined by one of the 5 elements.
In the Chinese astrology these elements are water, metal, wood, fire and earth. The elements provide the animals with another meaning, a unique trait that makes the year all the more special. This year the year of the earth dog, something that hasn’t happen since 1958.

In Chinese astrology it is believed that you inherit the traits of the animal that rules in the year you were born. For the people born in this sign, this is great news! Dogs are known for their loyalty, limitless love, positive attitude and most importantly, their kindness. It’s exactly these characteristics that people love about dogs. Dogs fight for what they believe and they always help when help is needed.

On the other hand, they can be stubborn, especially when it comes to their beliefs. They’re easily disappointed when things don’t go as planned. They tend to be sad and pessimistic. They’re also known for judging people who can’t compete with them.

It’s believed that people born in the year of the dog are the most compatible with the ones born in the year of the rabbit, and least compatible with those born in the year of dragon, goat or rooster. Some of the famous “dogs” are David Bowie, Judy Garland, Prince William, Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury.


Earth dogs are hard-working, disciplined and patient. They’re not famous for gaining wealth early in their lives, and they are the happiest in their late years. Regardless of how focused they are on their goals, they would never compromise their values. These people arouse both admiration and loathe in anyone they cross paths with. And no matter if they’re loved by others, they’re always respected for being true to themselves.

Earth dogs have clean soul and spend their lives without meddling into other people’s lives. Their belief is that we should all live how we best see fit and let everyone else do that too. This characteristic that is found in earth dog is what separates them from the other dogs in the Chinese Astrology, that are a little more judgmental.

The most famous examples of earth dogs are Madonna and Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson is known as someone who always follows his own path and tried stubbornly to accomplish his goals. He never quit his true self, no matter how many people rooted against his success. It’s similar with Madonna.

What sign are you in Chinese Astrology?


 The Zodiac Stars // For the first time, since 1958, it's the year of Earth Dog in Chinese Astrology. Find out what that means on the Zodiac Stars!


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Amelia Pond

Researcher, writer, astrology enthusiast, night sky & star lover, Capricorn. Most of the time fueled by caffeine and/or chocolate. Here to share all kinds of interesting, fun and insightful facts, information and personal thoughts about the zodiac signs, spirituality, psychology and more. Let's have some fun!


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