Year of the Dog: 2020 Horoscope (Zodiac, Fortune & Personality)

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.

a dog running through a field of grass

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.

YEARCELESTIAL STEMEARTHLY BRANCHZODIACELEMENTYIN YANG
1934jiǎDogWoodYang
1946bǐngDogFireYang
1958DogEarthYang
1970gēngDogMetalYang
1982rénDogWaterYang
1994jiǎDogWoodYang
2006bǐngDogFireYang
2018DogEarthYang
2030gēngDogMetalYang

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.

ELEMENTYEARFORTUNE
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: green, red and purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4 and 9
  • Accessories/Ornaments: navy blue stone pendant
  • Auspicious directions: southeast, east, and south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: blue, white and golden
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 6 and, 7
  • Unlucky direction: north and west

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.

Dogs in the Year of the Rat (2020)

Dogs should be much better off in the year of the Rat compared to the previous year. There are several lucky stars on their horizon so things should turn out for the better more often than not. They should be capable of succeeding in the areas they wish to pursue.

Dogs must make sure to keep their friends close as they will play a crucial role in their triumph. They must also prepare for changes such as a new job, or a new place, but choosing to stay might be the better option for them as it is best that they wait out the year before making any big decisions. Nonetheless, Dogs will have many opportunities to grow in the year. They just have to learn to adjust more quickly to new environments.

Dog’s Love

Dogs can look forward to changes in their romantic life in the year of the Rat. Single Dogs are most likely going to meet numerous potential partners so it should be a year they are going to enjoy. They might even experience love at first sight if they go out enough and meet new people.

The partner with the most potential may even come from within their circle of friends so they must keep a watchful eye on their pals. Dogs who are married or in a committed relationship should experience a relatively stable year. They just have to avoid conflict with their partners.

The lucky months in romance are January, May, October, and December, while the unlucky months are February, March, August, September, and November.

Dog’s Finance

The financial outlook for Dogs in the year of the Rat is looking promising. They are going to enjoy a stable income but should not be tempted to spend their money on luxury items.

Dogs who are working for commission such as insurance or real estate must prepare for a year of many highs and lows. They must avoid making big investments and making financial decisions out of impulse. The lucky months in finance are January, May, October, and December, while the unlucky months are February, March, June, and September.

Dog’s Career

The year of the Rat should prove to be a great year for the careers of Dogs. They may be a bit more busy than usual but their efforts at work will be appreciated by their superiors and could earn them a raise in salary or a promotion. They should attempt to stand out more at work and express their ideas freely.

It might also be the year to start with a side job. They will most likely enjoy what they will be doing while earning some extra money. However, Dogs sometimes have a tendency to lose their concentration when working extra hard. They must be careful not to commit mistakes. The lucky months in career are May, July, October, and December, while the unlucky months are February, March, June, September, and November.

Dog’s Health

Dogs should pay close attention to their wellness this year and try not to overwork themselves. There are also indications that some of their family members may be susceptible to poor health so they are advised to keep an eye on them. Dogs should be extra careful when in the water during the months of April and June and when on the road in May.

So, you are born in Dog’s year?

Are you surprised about what you have learned on your birth year and zodiac animal? If you have any questions, do let us know in the comment section below.

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