Dogs NSW Year of the Dog logo webDogs NSW celebrates the Year of the Dog, the eleventh of the East Asian zodiac animals and commonly known as “man’s best friend”!

The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a repeating 12 year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the 12 animals in the zodiac; the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.


Pekingese. Shutterstock image Large



Each animal is believed to embody certain traits expressed in the character of the people born in that year. Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20 and this year, it occurs on February 16 as the Year of the Dog. People born in this year are thought to be active, loyal and vigilant.

“As one of the earliest domesticated animals, canines have enriched the lives of so many throughout society. Purebred dogs have been bred for purpose, from hunting, herding and guarding to pulling loads or assisting people with special needs,” said Lyn Brown, President of Dogs NSW, the controlling body of pure bred dog breeding and exhibiting in NSW.

Shih Tzu. Ffire Photography LargeDuring the Chinese New Year, Dogs NSW highlights and acknowledges the important role that responsible, ANKC-registered breeders of purebred dogs have in breeding healthy and sound canines.

“Ethical breeders of purebred dogs are invested in the heritage of the breeds and dedicated to producing the next generation of healthy and sound canine citizens,” she said. “In 2018, the world celebrates the Year of the Dog. For Dogs NSW, every day is a celebration of dogs!”

Shar Pei supplied by Di Gooding LargeSome breeds of Chinese origin include the Pug, Pekingese, Chow Chow, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Mastiff.



Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

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Images: Shih Tzu - Ffire Photography

Shar Pei - Dianne Gooding