If you are born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018, you will have a very special birthday in the coming year: according to the 12-years-cycle of the Chinese Lunar Calendar you belong to the zodiac of the Dog. In addition, each zodiac animal is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. That fore, every zodiac associated with an element comes back only once in 60 years. Chinese traditional culture believes that a person's characteristics are formed by his birth year's zodiac animal sign in combination with the element.

In 2018 the 16th of February will mark the start of the year of the Earth Dog, a combination that was celebrated last time in 1958. Dogs are said to be loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Equipped with a good nature and strong sense of sincerity they are always keen to help others while looking for a quiet life and a good family for themselves. Furthermore, Earth Dogs are said to be communicative, serious, and responsible in work.