Chinese zodiac sign - the Dog: What does it mean if I'm a Dog?

Which Chinese zodiac sign is yours? Keep reading to discover the characteristics of those born in the Chinese year of the Dog. Plus, you'll see how each Chinese element (Water, Metal, Wood, Fire and Earth) adds more detail to your Chinese horoscope reading. And that's not all — you'll also find celebrities who share this Chinese birth sign.

Of all the Chinese zodiac signs, the Dog is the most loyal. People born in the Chinese year of the dog are known for their honesty. They are very practical, down to earth and unpretentious.

In the same way that dogs love to pop their head out the car window, people with this sign love to relax, enjoy life and take it easy. They make the most out of every opportunity.

People with this Chinese zodiac sign also have a keen sense of right and wrong.

Lucky colors for the Dog: Green, Red

Lucky directions for the Dog: East, Southeast

Lucky numbers for the Dog: 4, 8 and 9.

Tuesday is the lucky day of the week for Dogs.


How the Five Elements Influence this Chinese Zodiac Sign

Want more details? Well, depending on which year you were born in, there are 5 different subcategories of Dog:

  • Earth Dog

    1898, 1958, 2018

    Chinese horoscope Dog symbol

    Earth Dogs are honest and dependable. They love to be the hero!

    When anyone does them a good turn, they love to reciprocate in a big way. They are very considerate of others.

    Earth dogs are thrifty. They never let anything go to waste.

    They have a strong belief in their sense of what is right. No matter what comes along, they persist in their work – especially if it's towards one of the causes they believe so strongly in.

    Earth Dogs are very straightforward when it comes to love. When they love someone, they open their heart and declare it freely.

    Best of all, those of this Chinese zodiac sign are very dedicated and loyal once they do declare their love.

    Earth Dog celebrities: Bruce Campbell, M.C. Escher, Rene Magritte, Nick Park, C.S. Lewis, Sharon Stone, Gary Oldman, Alec Baldwin, Andie Macdowell, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Tilly, Drew Carey, Julia Nickson-Soul, Annette Bening, Prince, Angela Bassett, Kevin Bacon, Alannah Myles, Madonna, Jeffrey Weissman, Joan Jett, Steve Guttenberg, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Lenny von Dohlen, Bebe Neuwirth, Tim Burton, Sade, Yoko Shimada, Jamie Lee Curtis.

  • Fire Dog

    1946, 2006, 2066

    Fire Dogs are blessed with an artistic temperament.

    Their tenacious determination drives them to success. They don't give up halfway or leave projects unfinished.

    Fire dogs have a strong sense of right and wrong.

    People with this Chinese zodiac sign are also blessed with the gift of gab. They are smooth talking and connect easily with others. Their agreeable nature makes it easy for them to build a strong network of friends.

    As popular as they are, they stay loyal to their relationship partner. Their primary relationship is a great source of pleasure and grace for the Fire Dog.

    And their success extends into their work life as well. Fire Dogs are lucky at making big money.

    Fire Dog celebrities: Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Uri Geller, Gregory Hines, Sandy Duncan, Liza Minnelli, Ed O'Neill, Tim Curry, Cher, Andre the Giant, Reggie Jackson, Natalya Arinbasarova, Sylvester Stallone, Jenny Jones, Cheech Marin, Candice Bergen, Loni Anderson, Bill Clinton, Connie Chung, Ivan Reitman, Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Suzanne Somers, Sally Field, Joe Dante, Jimmy Buffett, David Bowie.

  • Metal Dog

    1910, 1970, 2030

    Metal Dogs believe in themselves. They are confident and have very strong self-esteem. Their independent nature makes it hard for them to ask others for help.

    A little goes a long way with a Metal Dog. They excel at conservation – including saving money. They don't just stash money at the bank. Often, they invest in other successful ventures.

    Metal Dogs are slow, deliberate and calculated in their thinking. They love to think ahead and make a wise decision considering their future. And when they do make that decision – look out!

    Why? Because Metal Dogs don't do anything halfway. These dogs are never put off the scent. They go all out and put everything they've got behind their word.

    At work, Metal Dogs love responsibility and work like a dog. They are respected by their co-workers and appreciated by their boss.

    Men with this Chinese zodiac sign have a helpful nature and a personality infused with pizazz. And they're handsome too.

    Likewise, women with the Metal Dog sign are very beautiful.

    Metal Dog celebrities: Mac Dre, Linn Berggren, Bai Ling, Kirk Alyn, Melissa McCarthy, Uma Thurman, David Niven, Jay-Z, Byung-hun Lee, Jacques Cousteau, Mother Teresa, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Yuma Nakamura, Vince Vaughn, Art Chudabala, Shizuka Kudo, Paulette Goddard, Tina Fey, Saif Khan, Kam Wu-Seong, Mary J. Blige, Akira Kurosawa, Chandra West, Christopher Nolan, Debbie Gibson, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Melanie Sykes, Chris O'Donnell, Chuti Tiu, Michelle Malkin, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Yuki Matsuoka, Jamie Kennedy, Josie Bissett, Kelly Ripa, Kevin Smith, Kim Soo, Pete Sampras, Miho Hatori, Derek Basco, Kid Rock, River Phoenix, Giada De Laurentis, Claudia Schiffer, Nicky Wu, Matt Damon, Golden Brooks, Miho Nakayama, Kirk Cameron, Valerie Chow, Tracy Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Leyna Nguyen.

  • Water Dog

    1922, 1982, 2042

    Water Dogs are intelligent people who love to think and plan ahead. Every action they take adds to a solid foundation for their future success.

    Water Dogs are handy and they love to lend friends a helping hand.

    Even in today's dog eat dog job market, people with this Chinese zodiac sign can hold steady to a job, a position or a career.

    Financially, Water Dogs are very responsible. They can sniff out a wise investment.

    Water Dog celebrities: Yoko Maki, Charles Schulz, Kumi Koda, Seth Rogen, Hideaki Takizawa, Jack Kerouac, LeAnn Rimes, Judy Garland, Kelly Clarkson, Kat Von D, Ava Gardner, Elisha Cuthbert, Song Hye Kyo, Doris Day, Carl Reiner, Kirsten Dunst, Beatrice Arthur, Kristy Wu, Christopher Lee, Kyoko Fukada, Samia Smith, Shun Oguri, Prince William, Julia Ling, Jason Robards Jr., Meghan Ory, Kasumi Nakane, Pierre Cardin, Kate Bosworth, Kazue Fukiishi, Champ Liu-Pio, Eita, Sid Caesar, Beau Garrett,Wade Robson, Si Ren, Jackie Cooper, Redd Foxx, Ai Kato, Jonathan Tucker, Julie Chu, Charlene Choi, Barbara Billingsley, Jun Ki Lee, Stan Lee, Jessica Biel, Jung Ji Hoon, Eva Huang.

  • Wood Dog

    1934, 1994, 2054

    If a person were tame and obedient like a dog, it would be those with the Wood Dog sign. Goodness just oozes out of every fiber of their being.

    They like to seek out the ideal. And often, they successfully make steady progress to carry out their plans.

    Wood Dogs know how to save money. They love to save and don't spend easily. They are lucky with money.

    As part of their good nature, they like to help others. Especially when their friends have problems.

    Wood Dog celebrities: Zachary Smith, Ralph Nader, Alex Etel, Jemma McKenzie-Brown, Jane Goodall, Justin Bieber, Shirley MacLaine, Pat Boone, Donald Sutherland, Samantha Boscarino, Barbara Eden, Aki Aleong, Jake Austin, Justin Bieber, Sophia Loren, Liliana Mumy, Billy Van, Cayden Boyd, Wyatt Smith, Brigitte Bardot, Nat Wolff, Judy Dench, Carl Sagan, Elvis Presley, Bob Denver, Zachary Smith, Dakota Fanning.


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