The Year of the Dog 4" Tile. The Chinese lunar calendar is over 5000 years old. it is based upon the rise of the new moon. Each year in the 12-year cycle is named after a different animal. The Chinese believe a person's character is influenced by the animal which was ruling the year they were born. The year of the Dog correlates with birth years 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030. They are most compatible with the Horse & Tiger; they are known to be Confident, Loyal & Considerate. These tiles are hand-painted in our Hanapepe gallery so images may vary slightly to pictures shown. Hang or use as a trivet.