Chinese Astrology: Jen Hsu year, meaning Family Dog.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Dog and Heavenly Stem Water.
Understanding the Chinese Zodiac sign under which you were born can help you understand more about yourself. The horoscope sign of the Dog dictates that you will be steady and faithful-a person who never jumps into situations without thinking. People born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Dog have a strong sense of right and wrong and never hesitate to stand up for what is right.
Since people born under the horoscope sign of the Dog are so protective, they can be a tad pessimistic. When a person is always on guard for danger, they start to assume the worst. Dogs take great comfort from their routines and schedules, and sudden changes make them anxious. They prefer to remain close to home, and dislike unfamiliar territory.
Dogs will always finish what they start. They prefer predictability, and so they need all the details before beginning a project so that there will be no surprises. A Dog is an excellent employee because he or she always has a great work ethic, and the boss never needs to watch over his or her shoulder to make sure that work is getting done!
Every fifth Dog year on the Chinese Zodiac is tempered by the element of Water. This element modifies the personality of people born under the Chinese sign of the Dog.
A Water Dog's personality deviates quite far from the usual Dog personality.
These Dogs are logical and smart (like other Dogs) and tend to seek out an education for themselves. This results in a sophisticated point of view and an ability to see things from other perspectives. As a result, these Dogs are more flexible in their views and better and changing plans at the last minute than other Dogs generally are. A slightly more adventurous spirit gives Water Dogs a broader range of experiences than other Dogs tend to get.
Water Dogs are far less rigid than others born under the Chinese sign of the Dog. They are not so anxious then routines are disrupted, and this wins them many friends. It also makes them more prone to overspending, however, and can make them a little less loyal. Since they are more willing to be flexible and do things at the last minute, they may find themselves bowing out of prior commitments.
Since Water Dogs are so logical, it is possible for them to foresee the consequences of their actions and others'. This makes them great at giving advice, and it help keep both them and their friends out of trouble. A person who is born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog and tempered by Water makes a great friend who isn't too stuck on routines and schedules, but will never betray you.
The Water element affect the Chinese horoscope sign of the Dog in a way that makes him or her more relaxed and easygoing, but does not detract too much from his or her loyal nature. These people are well prepared to handle life's uncertainties.