Year of the Dog » Meaning, Personality & Prediction in 2021

The Dog is eleventh in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. The Dog was in another country along with the Monkey and the Rooster to help a god defeat evil spirits. The three of them arrived at the party at the same time. The Jade Emperor decided that they went by the order they met the god in the other country. As a result, the Monkey became eleventh. Learn more about the 2021 horoscope from the Chinese New Year.

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The Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) xū (戌), and the hours of 07:00-09:00 in the evening. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.

Dogs are the most loyal friends and honest partners.

The Stone Dog was worshipped during the Qin and Han dynasty. Today, it is still common for people of the Guangdong Province to name their dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It derives from the barking sound (旺旺—wàng wàng) and means “prosperous wealth.”

Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Dog is associated with earth, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Dog include: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.


Dog’s Personality and traits

The loyalty of Dogs is what sets them apart from the other zodiac animals. Their family, friends, and colleagues can rely on them with anything. Dogs are popular among their group of friends because of their honesty and advocacy for justice. They are excellent and giving advice and would never hesitate to extend a helping hand. They also have the ability to identify their bad habits and fix themselves. Although they are often very anxious, they stay determined in pursuing their goals.

Metal1970, 2030These Dogs are attractive and think highly of themselves. They like to help others but don’t appreciate getting helped. They are bound to take someone’s position and flourish.   
Water1982, 1942These Dogs plan ahead and try to take every aspect into consideration. They are fixated on building a strong foundation for their future but can be very pessimistic when faced with challenges.
Wood1934, 1994These Dogs are polite and can be relied on. When they get help, they do everything they can to repay the kindness. They are firm when it comes to their morals and others find this hard to understand. Jobs that require patience are suitable to them as they are willing to keep persevering until they succeed.
Fire1946, 2006These Dogs are determined to chase their dreams. These dreams are relatively easy for them to fulfill and motivates them to live on. They are also very calculative with their actions and decisions.
Earth1958, 2018These Dogs are stubborn but brave. They are not very good at socializing but they respect the perspective of others. They believe that they will succeed as long as they work hard.

Men born in this year are genuine and candid. They are very active but can be a bit too pessimistic. They have very strong opinions and they are prepared to defend them, not to show off, but to educate and make others realize their mistakes. Their families are very dear to them. They strive to maintain a harmonious family life and work to understand and compromise.

Women born in this year are very careful when it comes to trusting others. They don’t concern themselves with people they don’t like and are very protective of their family and friends. These women are independent and enjoy going outdoors to be one with nature. They are also very passionate at work and endeavor a stable career.


Dog compatibility

Most compatible with Dog: Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse

  • Dogs are attracted to the kindness of Rabbits and get much-needed support from them.
  • Tigers can provide pessimistic Dogs constant reassurance and give them loyalty in return.
  • Gods and Horses are able to respect the opinions of each other.

Least compatible with Dog: Dragon, Ox, and Goat

  • Dogs and Dragons are unable to trust each other and they often have irreconcilable arguments.
  • A relationship between Dogs and Oxen would be cold as they have contrasting interests and can’t communicate well.
  • Dogs and Goats are able to tolerate the personalities of each other but there’s not much else aside from that.

Lucky things

  • Colors: Purple, Red, and Yellow
  • Numbers: 2 and 8
  • Accessories/Ornaments: navy blue stone pendant
  • Auspicious directions: Southeast and Northeast

Discover the fortune of other zodiac animals. Read about Year of the Monkey, Year of the Pig, and Year of the Rooster on Chinese New Year.


Careers fit for Dogs

Dogs are very loyal and have the patience to obey any orders they are capable of doing. They pour their hearts out when accomplishing tasks and are not satisfied when performing worse than others. This makes them fit for competitive jobs.

They also pay close attention to detail and are highly rational. They are willing to stay in the background since they realize the risks of holding high ranks.

Dogs are also very observant and are firm to their standards of morality. They have great judgment when placing their trust in people making them good candidates as lawyers, referees, and interviewers.

Dog’s Health and lifestyle

Dogs are healthy generally healthy but the status of their wellness can shift drastically. Although they appear resilient there may be some underlying symptoms. A minor cold can get them bed-ridden for days so they should watch out for influenza and other contagious diseases during the seasons of summer and autumn.

They should also be mindful of their digestive system in the early stages of their lives as their unhealthy diet may cause some problems. The stress at work may also lead Dogs to suffer headaches and migraines so they must remember to make time for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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Dogs in the Year of the Ox (2021)

The year 2021 is said to be full of ups and downs for the Dog, which requires them to always remain alert. Therefore, Dog needs to speak out after thinking well but must remain careful of what and where they are speaking and how they are behaving because anything they say or do can be used against them and cause troubles.

On the brighter side, due to the favorable lining of stars, your professional and financial life seems good and rising. Your seniors, colleagues, and friends will be extremely supportive during times of need. Try and stay attentive within the workspace since a sense of jealousy and insecurity may arise from others due to your achievements. You will also find zodiac information on the books available online.

Dog’s Love

As the Year of the Ox proves to be favourable for Dog, singles will come across advantageous situations. which will boost their romantic lives. Those who had broken up with their partners last year will see the bright sun. Although the chances of them meeting the “perfect” one seems minimal, they may come across someone they can call their best friend.

However, those in relationships may finally take the big step and walk down the aisle with their partner. Those married may come across tempestuous situations, where they will feel like straying away from the path. In such a situation, you need to strengthen your will and avoid being in a situation where you can succumb. Remember, loyalty is the key to trust and faith in a relationship. Openly communicate with your partner and respect the decisions and choices you each made. Also, you will be successful when trying for a baby in the Year of the Ox.


Dog’s Finance

With regard to wealth and finance, 2021 will also be favorable for the Dog. In the Year of the Ox, income will improve as new sources will start. For real estate agents, property dealers, freelancers, or consultants, you might come across new opportunities, which you need to grasp to help you earn extra money and satisfy your clients.

However, you are advised to refrain from having big investments that are too impulsive. You are advised to research well before making a move. Also, avoid taking any loan for investment as it won’t have any profitable return. The chance of getting unexpected wealth like bonuses or incentives is high. Hence, you must show what you got in the best way possible. You can also try your luck in the lottery as you got higher chances of winning.

Dog’s Career

For 2021, Dog’s career will ultimately improve and the chances of getting either promoted or salary increment are high. Therefore, putting the effort and working hard will ultimately pay off, and you will definitely gain rewards. Moreover, friends and trusted colleagues will help you overcome career and business-related obstacles and do well in that field. Your efforts will be noticed by your seniors who will ultimately recognize your inputs, decision-making abilities, and team-player act. Also, you can stay away from office gossip and politics as well as try not to give your opinion on such things.

Dog’s Health


For the Year of the Metal Ox. Dog will experience minor ailments will eat most of their time, money and energy, such as fever, cold, cough, and headache. Also, you may face digestion-related problems because of unbalanced eating habits. Therefore, you are required to watch your diet and include raw vegetables and fruits for a balanced intake. Also, you are advised to exercise on a regular basis, avoid too much spicy or oily foods, and get plenty of sleep. If you have queries about lunar month, luck in career, bad luck or other questions, as us in the comment box below.

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What are the 12 chinese animal years?

The 12 chinese animal years are – Ox, Tiger, Dog, Rabbit, Rat, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dragon and Pig.

Born in Dog’s year?

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9 thoughts on “Year of the Dog » Meaning, Personality & Prediction in 2021”

  1. Thanks for this article Jess. I really enjoyed reading this article for the reason that I’m a fan of the Chinese zodiac sign. I found it fun and relaxing reading this kind of article for the reason that I can at least had a glimpse of knowledge on how and what are the personality and traits of each sign different from each other.

  2. My sister is born under a dog sign, and I’m happy to read this article for the reason that some of the personalities and traits mentions here are true. And because of this article, I can say that I can understand more about my sister’s behaviors.

  3. I was born under this year, and I’m so happy to know what this article tells about lucky and unlucky things for a dog this coming year 2020. I can say that reading this article gives me a forecast on what will possibly happen in the coming year.

  4. I like the Zodiac sign as its own sign and it’s a huge piece of clothing with a lot of stickiness. It’s very easy to change the dog name by hand if you use a sticky sign as your own sign.

  5. I guess if I were Zodiac, I’d put this title in the title of a book about a man who was born in 1980 and became a dog in 1985…But for some reason, I still don’t like the title of this article. It seems to be misleading to suggest some kind of “wow.” The title “Year of the Dog: 2020 horoscope (zodiac)” is simply a link between some Zodiac in a car and a “wow” comment. Why isn’t this “year” of the dog a reference to a Zodiac, a brand which includes some of the more common names with a good name and an interesting personality? This whole article is like “How to become a good dog’s feller”, “Why do you think someone would be so smart just to have fun with your dog?”

  6. I am so tired of hearing about something like this. It just keeps repeating the “we must be doing what we do” “we need to work with this person to get this thing done” “we must not get so much done” “some of us need to work with you to get this thing done” “we should get things done” and “we can’t have something done” “

  7. China has its own culture as a whole. When China’s economy is built in part by bureaucracy or political power, China is at its highest levels of abstraction. Its economy is built to provide a safe path to production for its people. What they do is to provide basic quality of life within the country. It is a good thing they do the things which we do. If the Chinese do not want it then they just let that go so it gets in trouble.


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