The year of the dog is one of the 12 zodiac years in China. It is the 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac. From 19:00 to 21 p.m., it’s the “dog time”. When the year of the AD is divided by 12, the remainder of the result is 2, then it is the year of the dog. The formula is that the number of the year÷12=a quotient, and the remainder is 2. For example: 2018÷12=168······2, then the year of 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
The origin of the zodiac dog is as follows: It is said that when the Jade Emperor chose to select twelve animals as the zodiacs, all animals wanted to be the zodiac and be the god. Animals tried to show their strengths and wanted to prove that they were powerful assistants to human beings in front of the Jade Emperor. Not only that, animals also wanted to position themselves in front, so they are arguing who contributed the most to humanity.
Cats and dogs are closely related to humans. Cats thought that dogs ate too much, and they just lied at the door and had nothing to contribute. The dog thought that the cat only ate well all day long, and did nothing, but just did chanting and scaring to the little mouse, and also had nothing to contribute. They argued endlessly, so they went to the Jade Emperor to evaluate. The cat skillfully told the Jade Emperor that he would eat his own food and catch the mouse. His contribution was bigger than that of the dog. The dog thought that the cat won with a disgraceful lie, so he chased the cat. Taking advantage of the opportunity of the cat to avoid it, the dog quickly went to the Heavenly Palace to line up with the rooster to select the zodiac. The rooster flew quickly and ran to the front of the dog. This is also why the zodiac rooster ranks ahead of the zodiac dog in the list of Chinese Zodiac.
The zodiac dog is regarded as a symbol of being witty and intelligent, sincere and brave, dutiful and trustworthy, self-sacrifice and righteousness. There is a good auspicious meaning of being healthy and safe all the year and bringing peace and tranquility.