2018: The Year of the Dog — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects


Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030… The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

If you’re born in a Dog year, you’re a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

Are You a “Dog”?

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, which dates from late January to late February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in the above years, you might be a Dog or a Rooster.

You can check below or use the tool on the right to discover whether you are a Dog.

Dog Year Start End
2018 February 16, 2018 February 4, 2019
2006 January 29, 2006 February 17, 2007
1994 February 10, 1994 January 30, 1995
1982 January 25, 1982 February 12, 1983
1970 February 6, 1970 January 26, 1971
1958 February 18, 1958 February 7, 1959
1946 February 2, 1946 January 21, 1947
1934 February 14, 1934 February 3, 1935

Five Types of Dog; Which One Are You?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Dog comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics:

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 Dogs

Famous Dog Birth Date Element
Winston Churchill 30 November 1874 a Wood Dog
Mother Teresa 26 August 1910 a Gold Dog
Elvis Presley January 8, 1935 a Wood Dog
Bill Clinton August 19, 1946 a Fire Dog
Donald Trump June 14, 1946 a Fire Dog
George Bush Jnr July 6, 1946 a Fire Dog
Steven Spielberg December 18, 1946 a Fire Dog
Madonna August 16, 1958 an Earth Dog
Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 an Earth Dog
Justin Bieber March 1, 1994 a Wood Dog

The Luckiest Things for Dogs

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast
  • Lucky months: the 6th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Things for Dogs

  • Unlucky colors: blue, white, gold
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
  • Unlucky direction: southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 5th and 8th Chinese lunar months

The Dog’s Personality: Loyal, Honest…

Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important.

As Dogs are not good at communication, it is difficult for them to convey their thoughts to others. Therefore, Dogs tend to leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.

Born with a good nature, Dogs do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest gains. They just need a quiet life and a good family and, therefore, forget the ugliness and evil on Earth.

Dogs are always ready to help others and do not care about their own interests, but if they find themselves betrayed by cunning people they will feel shocked and hurt.

When thrown into doubt, Dogs think the world is evil and complicated. Then they criticize sharply when giving comments on something, and infer all things are according to their pessimistic point of view.

Good Health for Dogs

Overall, Dogs enjoy good health for they tend to be happy all the time. Dogs are active at sports so they are resilient to illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever.

In heavy work periods and frequent social activities, they should ensure they get plenty of rest in addition to taking proper exercise, which will benefit both their physical and mental health. Since Dogs are not keen about seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in their home life.

Best-Suited Careers for Dogs

Due to their loyal personality, Dogs tend to choose a career based on the principle of serving others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees as they put their heart and soul into their tasks.

They are easygoing and kind, and are always ready to alleviate the workload of others, which makes them very popular in their work circle.

Recommended careers for Dogs include a police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge.

Dogs’ Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018

People born in a year of the Dog may not have much good luck in 2018.

Fortune in 2018 — Not Good

It’s not a good year for Dogs to gain extra wealth in 2018. If you want to be rewarded, you need to work harder than last year. And you will need to do everything in person.

You may have many interesting ideas and be creative in 2018 so make use of your skills to get rewards.

You also need to be careful of dishonest people around you and beware of old clients leaving you. Control your expenses well and reconsider when you want to invest.

If you are planning to buy a house in 2018, you’d better understand the house’s condition well, in case you become stuck in a lawsuit.

Career in 2018 — Not Good

It’s not a lucky year for Dogs in 2018. You need to double your efforts to get an opportunity for improvement.

The good news is that you may have creative ideas at work and impress others. You can make use of this for a promotion. It’s also the right time for you to acquire skills and knowledge in 2018, so that you can advance in the future.

Be careful that the pressure of work doesn’t cause you to have a bad temper, which may offend your boss, seniors, or friends.

Health in 2018 — More Health Risks

In 2017, Dogs should pay attention to their physical condition, especially their respiratory system, cervical vertebrae, and urinary system. When you feel uncomfortable, you’d better go to a hospital. Also pay more attention to the health of seniors in your family.

You are recommended to go out for some fresh air and spend some relaxing time with your family to relieve some pressure. You can also make some charity donations to increase your good luck.

Love in 2018 — No Improvement

There is no improvement in the romantic stakes for Dogs in 2017. Because of the pressure of work, you spend too much energy on your career and may ignore your relationship.

Single Dogs have little chance of being in a relationship. You may finally find someone that touches your heart, but there may be many competitors.

Those who have a boyfriend or girlfriend should spend more time with their partner. Otherwise she/he will be upset, which will have a bad impact on your relationship.

2018 is an Unlucky Year for Dogs

According to Chinese astrology, people in the year of their birth sign (本命年, běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’) will offend Tai Sui, the God of Age in Chinese mythology. They are believed to have bad luck in this year. Therefore, Dogs should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in a year of the Dog.

Are Dogs Compatible with You?

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals works on the principle that only those whose characteristics match have good compatibility. Those who don’t match need to put more effort into their relationships.

  • Best with: Rabbit
  • Worst with: Dragon, Goat, Rooster
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