People born in the year of the dog are quite sensitive and emotional. They can identify with another's feelings and strive to reach harmony. Most often they are very well liked - not because of any actions or performances but solely because of their pleasant and calm charisma. They like to talk to others and give them good advice.
If this in itself positive characteristic is overdone sometimes the joviality of the dog unnerves others and he is seen as intrusive or patronizing. While on the contrary the dog really does not want to patronize it is rather the opposite. He likes to be guided. Dogs are not really the typical leaders they act as the second man in the best sense of the word. They are the ones enabling others to reach big things because they are at their side as a true friend and advisor.
Others very much like the dog because they find understanding and consolation. They are able to quickly help facilitate peace between two parties, balance different opinions and find compromise and get people together. If there is no harmony dogs do not feel well and they can hardly understand how somebody could think differently. They overlook that not every situation, every dispute, every difference in opinion needs a harmonic balance but lives from the tension. A dispute can be a freeing thunderstorm cleaning the charged atmosphere. Without a little bit of lightning and thunder it would stay calm but oppressing
This problem of the dog is rooted deeply in his character and does not only show in situations with other people. He also tries to harmonize himself which is actually quite positive but he does not differentiate sometimes between true and artificial harmony. Dogs tend to accumulate feelings, gobble things up and do not show negative feelings such as anger, frustration or annoyance even not before themselves. They are professionals in suppressing unpleasant emotions. But the suppression does not get away but works in the dog's subconscious.
This leads to a black and white thinking when the dog becomes older which makes it more and more difficult to feel for others, which is a shame because it is the strength of the dog. They can become quite stubborn with age and persistent with their opinions. True they still quickly give in at any dispute but you see that they do not mean it. The proverb you cannot teach an old dog tricks fits for the dog-born too. He should make it clear to himself in time that negative feelings have to be let loose and that this actually gives the harmony and helps the emotional development more than the suppressing of feelings.
That is also the reason why dogs cannot be demanding. They rather tend to take a step back and give in. This is a positive trait at first glance but only then if it is done with measure. With the dog it is too strong. He has to learn to argue even with important things and to push his needs through.
The dog stands out when it comes to optimism. They see only the best in all things. Therefore they are quite trusting and have difficulties dealing with disappointment. Dogs are loyal, reliable and trusting so they cannot imagine how somebody can be unreliable and abuse his trust. After some of those experiences dogs often develop certain mistrust towards people they do not know so well. Luckily this mistrust does not concern friends. Towards them the dog stays faithful and very magnanimous towards their mistakes. Whoever has a dog as a best friend can be happy.
The dog represents yang earth. If the dog sign stands in its element you find in him the purest form of the dog. Since there are five elements a year sign can stand in (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) the other elements (letting aside the month, day and hour pillar) change this pure form of the dog.
The Earth Dog
This is the most realistic of all dogs. He knows how to play his trumps very well, and does exactly know his borders. He is more constant and less restless than his sign-comrades, doesn't like competition and the hectic but prefers tranquillity and the rural life. This unselfish human being is very family oriented. He is always honest, direct and loyal.
The Metal Dog
This helpful dog is inspired by the wish to change the world or to press his sign upon it. However, he at the same time is serious and responsible. This dog-person is extremely sociable and understands how to bring everything down to a simple point; and he is very inquisitive. Pedantic like he is, he is constantly on the search for perfection and therefore suffers defeat, which mixes up his balance and makes him restless and sullen.
The Water Dog
This dog is wary, restless, pessimistic and reserved, sometimes seems to be even cold. However on the contrary, he is warm-hearted, a good knower of human nature with an open and generous personality. With a closer contact you learn to know him better. He has just as much luck as persuasion. The water-dog is very confident, a little proud, never undecided, and his cutting edge doesn't prevent him from being diplomatic.
The Wood Dog
This dog is a perfectionist, fussy, dutiful and possesses the exceptional talent to avoid traps or to smell trouble. He chooses his partners very carefully. He likes to help others both out of curiosity and helpfulness. He loves teamwork, values comfort and beauty and knows how to enjoy the beautiful sides of life. This mocking and sharp human being is a little bit vain but to those he loves he is always loyal.
The Fire Dog
This dog obviously is glistening and passionate, idealistic and just. This enthusiastic Don Quichotte among the dogs lets himself never get discouraged. Difficulties strengthen only his conviction. He is, like all dogs, mocking, but can also become during the course of the years with all the disappointments cynical and eventually even egoistic.
Friendship means everything to the people born in the year of the dog. They seek the closeness to others because only in contact with people they see fulfilment. If Aristotles' word of zoon politico - from the people as a being of fellowship - is true then it matches the dog perfectly. Solitude means tragedy to him.
Dogs therefore look quite early for a firm relationship. They like to have a big family and are also very loving although somewhat conservative fathers and mothers. Marriage between dogs last very long. Whether the partners become happy is another question. Sure, they are affectionate, compliant and reliable but not everybody values those qualities. For some people the amicable love of the dog is not what they have hoped for.
It is not as if the people born under the sign of the dog would be boring; but sometimes someone is so capricious and energy-loaded that the dog-born cannot offer anything new to them as they may wish for. In such relationships you find dispute and the dog proves to be understanding, tolerant and magnanimous and that is exactly what drives the other away.
If dogs learnt that a relationship also lives of dispute and not only of harmony and that they have to assert themselves once in a while to stay interesting for the other then it will enrich their love relationship and also the relationships to other people. The ability to create harmony spiced with a bit more assertion and independence is good humus for a fulfilling, stable relationship the dogs are looking for.
Dog and Dog
A dog chooses his partner quite carefully and if two dogs meet it could take a while before both find each other, perhaps only after several tries. Even if both don't think about a stable relationship at first they keep an eye on each other. At some time there is the right moment and both realise how well they fit to each other. Usually this is the beginning of a very long and good relationship.
Dog and Pig
There is no question, dog and pig like each other. Truth and honesty are high values for both which they find in the respective other. Yet while the dog is drawn to the wide world to put his ideals into reality, the pig is satisfied with the small happiness of togetherness in the own home. The dog is again and again disappointed by that since he feels that the pig basically agrees with him but cannot retrace the dog's zest for action. Only an honest and open interaction with each other can keep this relationship stable.
Dog and Rat
How tame the rat can become when a dog is present! The rat's sometimes demanding nature gets soft tones when the dog takes care of her. And the dog loves when his rat overdoes it from time to time and gets him out of his reserves. All in all their interaction is quite contemplative. Perhaps dog and rat cannot believe it sometimes themselves how unproblematic their contradicting natures fit, but in the end both will enjoy their destiny.
Dog and Ox
It is not without hurdles if an ox and a dog find to each other. It starts with the dog and his high ideals taking offense on the pragmatic nature of the ox. Where the ox decides out of reason or sees the maximum of use the dog will align his actions on their ethical justification. Disputes are pre-programmed. However, both admire each other in secret; the dog the ox because he achieves so much in life and the ox the dog because he stays faithful to himself. In this admiration roots the passion for each other.
Dog and Tiger
The wild cat and the dog; can that really work out? But yes! Both are made for each other. Especially the dog values that the tiger does not criticise his idealism and the tiger loves the independence of the dog who gives him a lot of space. They may not be the dream couple from an outside perspective but inside they are for sure because they have great respect for each other they do not need to demonstrate. Both know what they have in each other and that none of them gives up easily once they have found each other.
Dog and Rabbit
Perhaps rabbit and dog think that what both connects is something similar to a relationship even if it looks from an outside perspective rather as a lose togetherness. In fact passion is not the strength of this relationship. That should not disguise the fact that both share a deep friendship and infinitely trust each other. They also rarely have a dispute because each of them does not resent the other's style of life. Perhaps it is exactly this modesty which makes a relationship between rabbit and dog long lasting.
Dog and Dragon
If a dog meets a dragon he might have the feeling to meet the exact opposite of himself. The dragon seems to him to be domineering and moody while he strives for higher ideals where there is no place for such aristocratic behaviour. The dragon on the other hand does not understand how the dog could sacrifice his life for an idea and does without the joy of living. How should this uneven couple form a relationship? Only if both can come up with a maximum amount of tolerance for each other, the relationship might work.
Dog and Snake
Both signs have their difficulties with each other because they have great stipulations when it comes to other's the way of living. The dog is irritated by the snake's ability to lay low when he thinks it is time to stand up for his ideals. The snake on the other hand thinks the dog is way too naive and will rather grimace at his quest for truth. Even if both find to each other out of an erotic attraction it costs a lot of energy and self conquest on both sides to keep this relationship stable.
Dog and Horse
The thing that makes horse and dog to an ideal couple is their great understanding of the spaces the other needs. Neither dog nor horse feels the need to cling to each other only to ensure the other's love. In fact both can lead a very good distance relationship or a weekend relationship. Each knows how to fill time with sense even without the other as when both are together in which severe passion takes place as well as a long deep conversation about god and the world.
Dog and Goat
With dog and goat, idealism and emotions meet. One considers to justify his ideals and sometimes act against the own feelings while the other thinks it is the highest happiness to submit totally to the own emotions. The dog thinks the goat is inconstant; the goat thinks the dog is a dreamer. However, both are able to get it together, especially when both work on the same project. Without such a goal this relationship is more than breakable.
Dog and Monkey
Trust is what connects monkey and dog with each other. The dog loves to give the monkey's imaginativeness form and body and the monkey admires the dog for his wisdom and his sense of the essential. Thus, two meet, who are a team in the best sense of the word and who will enjoy going through thick and thin. This strong connection both won't give easily up and even in times of crisis they firmly stand together.
Dog and Rooster
The rooster is actually a more homely type while the dog is drawn to the wide world. This does not look the best choice for the building up of a joint future. However, if each can learn to accept the other's attitude towards life, a very free and on generosity based relationship can evolve, which is not fed by an everlasting passion but by the feeling to have someone at his side which stands by him when it matters. It is more standing shoulder to shoulder what makes this relationship than romantic love. It seems to suffice for the dog and the rooster.