Chinese Astrology: Keng Hsu year, meaning Temple Dog.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Dog and Heavenly Stem Metal.
Individuals born under the sign of the Dog in the Chinese horoscope share certain characteristics. This horoscope sign stands for fidelity and devotion to family. A Dog is logical and devoted, as well as loyal. Dogs are always on guard, and as a result, many have developed a slightly pessimistic outlook. This Chinese horoscope sign is great at spotting danger before it gets too close, but people born under this sign need to learn how to relax and worry about themselves instead of others all the time.
Dogs make great mates because of their loyalty and devotion, but since they neglect their own needs, they might find themselves becoming resentful of their partners. Good communication and a willingness to ask for attention sometimes will go a long way towards improving the Dog's relationships. Some people may find the Dog's attentions a bit stifling or overwhelming.
At work, Dogs are willing to put their all into a task. They do not like big changes or adventures, and would prefer a steady routine. Once Dogs start a task, they finish it, which makes them very reliable employees.
The Chinese horoscope relies on a 12 year cycle, so the year of the Dog occurs every 12 years.
Every sign also has a 5 part elemental cycle, meaning that every fifth year of the Dog is a Metal Dog year. The element associated with the year of your birth affects how your Chinese horoscope sign determines your personality characteristics.
A person born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Dog and tempered by the Metal element is a real "Type A" personality. Metal Dogs put a lot of pressure on themselves and have high standards for their work. They can be perfectionists, and also expect others to follow through on what they have promised. Turing back on a commitment can really anger a Metal Dog, although that will not stop him or her from being loyal to you.
Once a Metal Dog has committed to something, it will cause him or her great stress to even think about turning his or her back on it. Those born under this Chinese Zodiac sign really need to know what will happen in advance, and can get very anxious and upset if plans change at the last minute, or people they thought they could count on back out of plans or commitments.
Since a person born under the Chinese sign of the Metal Dog is so distressed by a broken commitment, he or she chooses her friends and business partners carefully. Do not take offense it is seems to take a Metal Dog a long time to trust you, because he or she needs that trust in order to pursue a relationship with anyone. Once he or she knows that you can be trusted, he or she will be a very loyal and trustworthy companion.
People born under this Chinese Zodiac sign make true, faithful, if slightly anxious and pessimistic partners and friends. You can always count on a Metal Dog to perform faithfully and well.