The Chinese Zodiac Sign Dog

The Dog recognizes sincerity
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The Dog (戌) is knowledgeable and has good insight into human nature. This sign has a fine sense of intuition and can easily tell who is sincere and who is hiding. When it comes to first impressions, Dogs don't have any hesitation or doubt. Still, Dogs are somewhat reserved and take their time to express confidence and share what they have to give. They don't make decisions quickly.

Friends of the Dog are lucky


The Dog has a black and white approach toward others - either they are a friend or they are not. There is nothing to clarify. If you are friends, the Dog will always be at your side. Its loyalty is ongoing as long as you can match its sincerity and honesty.

There is no better or more faithful companion than the Dog - its devotion and enthusiasm cannot be topped. Dogs give it all they got - they are either in or out. If they have already made a decision, they will not reconsider. Dogs are not ones to maintain shallow acquaintances - they seek profound friendship.

Dogs pursue social justice

Dogs seek justice and fairness. In a perfect scenario, the order of things are mutually agreed upon.

Dogs are reasonable and level-headed - they take their time to handle things, but they do it smoothly and consistently. Dogs help their companions out with their strength and analytical skills.

Sometimes the brooding Dogs can be quite pessimistic. On the surface, they never show their hurt. They try to make the best of things - they go about in their good-humored way while simultaneously keeping their true feelings hidden.

Chinese Zodiac Sign: The Dog
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If they deviate from their usual routine, they feel disappointed due to their fear of failure. This is when they can become vicious - they must be aware of this and avoid instability. But normally, as long as they are not hurt or mistreated, Dogs are open-minded and have good judgment.

10 things about the Chinese Zodiac Dog

Dogs are content with what they have, and they help others

This sign does not want a medal for its accomplishments. Nor does it crave luxury goods and riches. They are content with a warm and safe home, and they don't need much else. Dogs like being helpful - they give advice and assistance to those closest to them.

When it comes to love and romance, this zodiac sign is reserved. It approaches connections with caution and even suspicion. Once the Dog falls in love, they love to flirt, but they take time to develop a romantic partnership. Dogs are drawn to matrimony.


Great Match:
Horse, Tiger

Good Match:
Rat, Monkey, Snake, Pig, Dog, Rabbit

Decent Match:
Ox, Goat, Rooster


Bad Match:


Hours ruled by the Dog:  7 pm - 8 pm

Cardinal direction:  west, northwest

Season:  autumn

Month:  October

Element:  Metal

Zodiac sign:  Libra

Positive traits:  intuitive, faithful, helpful, reliable, fair, motivated, wise, unselfish, idealistic

Negative traits:  withdrawn, leery, critical, rugged

The Five Elements of the Dog

Wood Dog

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

Wood Dogs  are different from other types of Dogs because they prefer a more luxurious lifestyle. They attach more importance to material goods than other breeds do. They are very diligent and crave success, as they have expensive taste. These warm-hearted and open-minded Dogs prefer to work together alongside companions.


Fire Dog

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

The Fire Dog  is the most ambitious of all the types of Dogs. It pours all of its energy into making its dreams come true. It is extroverted and open-minded toward new experiences - it likes to be in the thick of the action. Not only does this Dog snarl - it also knows when to bite.

Earth Dog

Those born in earth years are intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

Earth Dogs  always are in control even when people around them are upset - they know how to keep calm in challenging situations. Even if they are emotional, they appear calm and firm. Earth Dogs are very kind-hearted, patient, optimistic and well-tempered.


Metal Dog

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented. 

When the Metal Dog decides to give their heart to someone, they require a superbly functioning network to be their foundation. These are noble characters whose thoughts and ideas are very convincing. These Dogs are disciplined and precise, especially when it regards legal obligations. 

Water Dog

Water is adaptable to change  (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

The element of water emphasizes the Dog's natural intuition and impressionability. Water Dogs  have a precautious and vigilant approach. They empathize with their companions very easily. However, Water Dogs can be more contemplative and brooding than the other types of Dogs, which also makes them more mellow.


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