Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Dog 狗 (gǒu)

Dogs are honest, straightforward and friendly. They are extremely protective of themselves and their loved ones. With a passion for fair play and justice they never fail to rescue you time after time. They may rant and rave but they never rest until they right the wrong. They are true humanitarians and suffer with the world. In spite of their concern for others, social graces and fancy parties do not impress them. Having sharp eyes, they will see through people’s motives. They are quite private about their personal lives and someone prying into their affairs make them secretive and withdrawn. Once you gain their confidence, they open up freely.

Once dogs classify you, they rarely change their minds. There are few in-betweens. Dogs perceive things either in black or white. You are either friend or enemy. Luckily, they are good judges of character and have superb insight into human nature. Dogs are tolerant of their friends. Before they approve of you the friendship must develop slowly with a variety of meetings and conversations. If they look you over and decide they can trust you, then you remain in their hearts forever. If you need them, dogs will be there.

When the time is right, dogs work long and hard but they know how to relax and enjoy their home and loved ones. Dogs have playful moods and a great sense of humor. They have quick emotions and if you offend them they will snarl and insult you with expertise. They forgive with the same speed. Dogs are intelligent and well-balanced. With their stable minds they make good counselors or psychologists. They endure during any crisis situation. They are trustworthy people and know how to keep a secret. Being efficient and very diplomatic, they can hide their prejudices well. Most Dogs have a comfortable home and do well. Dogs always defend what is theirs and have a high sense of value. Home and family come first and dogs will work to see that they have the best!

 狗 (gou) is pronounced ‘go’

    * 1898 – 2 February 1899: Earth Dog
    * 10 February 1910 – 21 January 1911: Metal Dog
    * 28 January 1922 – 14 February 1923: Water Dog
    * 14 February 1934 – 25 January 1935: Wood Dog
    * 2 February 1946 – 21 January 1947: Fire Dog
    * 17 February 1958 – 8 February 1959: Earth Dog
    * 6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971: Metal Dog
    * 25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983: Water Dog
    * 10 February 1994 – 30 January 1995: Wood Dog
    * 29 January 2006 – 17 February 2007: Fire Dog
    * 16 February 2018 – 4 February 2019: Earth Dog
    * 2030 – 2031: Metal Dog

(Every 12 years)