Happy Chinese New Year! In 2018, we’re ushering in the Year of the Dog. So what does this mean if you’re expecting a baby this year?

Come find out!

Unlike western New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year can fall anywhere between 21 January and 20 February 20. This is because it is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar which fluctuates each year.

Chinese Year of the Dog

In 2018, it falls on 16 February and Mr Rooster will hand over the zodiac baton to the loveable mutt. But not just any old mutt. It’s specifically the year of the ‘earth dog’ and the first time we’ve seen this particular variety of animal since 1958.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with 12 corresponding animals. Each zodiac year is also associated with one of the five elements which include gold, water, wood, earth and fire. Your birth animal is paired with one of the elements to give a more precise assessment of personality and character traits. This year is all about the earth dog (which is kind of a shame as ‘fire dog’ sounds insanely cool.)

All you need to know about your little pup.


Those born in the Year of the Dog are generally known for being sensible, loyal, kind and honest. All round likeable characters who don’t like to cause waves.

children with a dog

Being that your typical baby is loud, unpredictable and let’s face it, often pretty selfish, we can only image that these characteristics develop over time.

What you MAY notice about your tiny pup is that they are a touch more serious than their playgroup counterparts. They’re the kind of child people might refer to as an ‘old soul’. They can also be stubborn and short-fused. While this sounds like most children under two, babies born under the dog sign can be prone to an especially epic tantrum or three. You’ve been warned!

Plays well with:

The Chinese zodiac is often used by parents in China as a match-making tool. While you may not be keen on marrying your kid off anytime soon, you could find that your little dog plays better with other dogs (makes sense) and those born in the year of the Rabbit (2011). Watch out for sneaky Sheep (2015) and Dragons (2012) as they may rub your typical dog up the wrong way.


Your typical Dog is most likely to enjoy activities that require precision and concentration. Blocks and building will probably be a favourite. They also enjoy socialising and work well in a team.

Looking for a quick, easy and delish recipe to celebrate Chinese New Year? Check out this family friendly Pork San Choy Bau.Β 


Naomi is 3/4 latte drinking, peanut butter obsessed former magazine girl who now does stuff with words for a living while juggling 2.5 kids, 2 cats, 1 rabbit, husband and an unhealthy obsession with slow cooking.

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