Chinese Astrology: Chia Hsu year, meaning Dog on Guard.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Dog and Heavenly Stem Wood.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog share a number of personality characteristics. Dog are loyal, kind, and trustworthy. A Dog always stands up for justice and what he or she feels is right, even if that means taking the unpopular view. As children, Dogs are unlikely to be bullies because they have such a strong sense of right and wrong. They are much more likely to stand up to bullies in order to protect others, even if that means taking a beating themselves. This is a characteristic they take into adulthood.
Dogs will not hesitate to use sharp words in defence of another. Rarely do they defend themselves so strongly. Those born under the Chinese sign of the Dog are givers, and will often neglect their own needs because they put the needs of others first. This makes them wonderful friends, lovers, and parents, but they must be careful not to neglect themselves too much.
A Dog is one of the most protective signs in the Chinese Zodiac, and Dogs must be careful that they do not become resentful of others for ignoring the Dog's needs. Paying special attention to communication and clearly letting others know when they need support will help Dogs along.
Every fifth year of the Dog is tempered by the element Wood in the Chinese Zodiac. People who are Wood Dogs in the Chinese horoscope know how to be a little laid back. They do not stress so much over small things and know how to shake up their routines once in awhile.
Those who are under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Wood Dog do take awhile to make friends. They are shy at first, because they crave support and companionship but fear rejection. Once they have observed enough to decide they can trust a person, Wood Dogs open up and really prove themselves to be steady and reliable friends. Having a close group of friends helps the Wood Dog feel confidence and security.
Wood Dogs dismiss luxury and expensive things. A Dog is content with the same old clothing, decent healthy food, and a fairly plain household. They simply do not see the appeal in spending a lot of money on impractical objects, and would rather spend money on a gift for a friend than on themselves! Those born under the Chinese sign of the Dog are always more generous to others than themselves, but they truly do not feel a need for luxury and so do not miss it.
No matter how sparse the decorations in a Wood Dog's house may be, that house will always be clean. All Dogs prefer neatness, and Wood Dogs have an affinity for a truly clean household; corners will be swept out, the linens will be kept fresh, and there will be few or no surprises hiding in closets!
The Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog is tempered by the Wood element, producing an individual who knows how to take things in stride, but has a strong sense of right and wrong.