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One of the most colourful events in the calendar, Chinese New Year, is fast approaching. In 2018, Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16.

Which animal is 2018? 

Like we needed another excuse to celebrate our cute-as-heck pooches… but 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, so if you were born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018, you are also known as a Dog.

If you follow the Asian astrology, your year of birth (and animal) determines a lot about your personality traits.

If you were born in an earth Dog year, you’re said to be communicative, responsible in the workplace and serious.

The Dog makes up just one of 12 animals in the cycle and each gets to the forefront once every 12 years. But just to complicate things, there are different animal varieties, so 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958.

That’s all well and good, but which Chinese zodiac animal am I?

China’s animal zodiac is arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years and you’ll see that the animal changes at the beginning of Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the animal was used to date the year.

But you’ll be hard-pressed to remember the date because Chinese New Year is a moveable celebration which is dictated by the lunar cycle – and this falls anytime between January 21 and February 20.

Rat20081996198419721960
Ox20091997198519731961
Tiger20101998198619741962
Rabbit20111999198719751963
Dragon20122000198819761964
Snake20132001198919771965
Horse20142002199019781966
Goat20152003199119791967
Monkey20162004199219801968
Rooster20172005199319811969
Dog20061994198219701958
Pig20071995198319711959

Celebrate Chinese New Year in your state

Around the country, Chinese New Year will transform capital cities into colourful entertainment centres. Expect to see cultural exhibits, performances by dancers, traditions such as the New Year Garden, Learned Scholar and lucky envelopes given by the God of Good Fortune, the lion dance and much more.

Love dogs? So do we.

Celebrate all things pooch related by checking out Rent.com.au’s Renting with Pets blog.

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