2018 : The Year of The Earth Dog



Unlike western Gregorian calender, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is not on a fixed date every year. It varies every year, but always falls on a date between January 21st and February 20th. Each year is represented by a zodiac animal. The Year of the Earth Dog begins on February 16, 2018 and the celebrations will last till March 2, 2018.

Dog is the eleventh animal in the Chinese astrological cycle. Dog people are honest, helpful, faithful and sincere. They are also righteous and cannot accept injustice. [read more]



Positive Personality Traits of the Dog:

  • honest
  • righteous
  • helpful
  • sincere
  • reliable
  • loyal and faithful
  • the most humanitarian of the 12 signs
  • the least materialistic of the 12 signs

Negative Personality Traits of the Dog:

  • anxious
  • pessimistic
  • emotionally insecure
  • opinionated and stubborn
  • difficult to adapt to changes

There are 5 types of Dogs according to the Chinese zodiac. Each of them is refined by the element associated with it.

Dogs and the 5 elements


 Earth Dog 

February 17, 1958 - February 8, 1959
February 16, 2018 - February 4, 2019
  • contemplative
  • pessimistic
  • patient
  • thoughtful
  • trustworthy
  • dependable
Earth Dog Celebrities :
Madonna (August 16, 1958)
Gary Oldman (March 21, 1958)
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958)
Sharon Stone (March 10, 1958)
Prince (June 7, 1958)



 Metal Dog 

February 10, 1910 - January 21, 1911
February 6, 1970 - January 26, 1971
  • decisive
  • loyal
  • critical
  • noble and altruistic
  • conservative and serious
Metal Dog Celebrities :
Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910)
Uma Thurman (April 29, 1970)
Mariah Carey (March 27, 1970)
Melania Trump (April 26, 1970)
Matt Damon (October 8, 1970)
Naomi Campbell (May 22, 1970)


 Water Dog 

January 28, 1922 - February 14, 1923
January 25, 1982 - February 12, 1983
  • charming
  • adaptable
  • kind and sympathetic
  • popular and diplomatic
  • the most sociable, flexible and relaxed of its pack
Water Dog Celebrities :
Prince William (June 21, 1982)
Kelly Clarkson (April 24, 1982)
Anne Hathaway (November 12, 1982)
Doris Day (April 3, 1922)
Jessica Biel (March 3, 1982)
Liliane Bettencourt (October 21, 1922)

In one of my old posts "World's Richest People (Forbes - The World's Billionaires 2011) & Their Chinese Zodiac Signs", I compiled a mini stats based on the Chinese signs of 78 people (birth dates known) from the top 100 list. Much to my surprise, only 2 out of 78 individuals (2.56%) were Dog people and both happened to be Water Dogs (The late L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was one of them).

Well, are Dogs really not that good at business or money matters?



 Wood Dog 

February 14, 1934 - January 25, 1935
February 10, 1994 - January 30, 1995
  • kind and sympathetic
  • dependable
  • nervy
  • idealistic
  • humanitarian and sacrificing
  • the least ambitious among the Dogs
Wood Dog Celebrities :
Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874)
Jane Goodall (April 3, 1934)
Justin Bieber (March 1, 1994)
Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935)
Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934)
Brigitte Bardot (September 28, 1934)


 Fire Dog 

February 2, 1946 - January 21, 1947
January 29, 2006 - February 17, 2007
  • dramatic
  • outspoken and independent
  • charismatic and attractive
  • fearless and courageous
  • the most impulsive and optimistic among the Dogs
Fire Dog Celebrities :
Donald Trump (June 14, 1946)
Bill Clinton (August 19, 1946)
Alan Rickman (February 21, 1946)
Susan Sarandon (October 4, 1946)
Steven Spielberg (December 18, 1946)
David Bowie (January 8, 1947)


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