The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. Monkey, Rooster, and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.
The Dog is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) xū (戌), and the hours 7–9 in the evening. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.
In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It means “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺—wàng wàng).
Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.
Dogs should not only be acknowledged during the Chinese Lunar New Year but every day. Dogs are special creatures and should always be protected and cherished. Barneys gives us a treat by showing us that the pups we know can add stylish to that list of attributes. 8 sophisticated canines share a little bit about what makes them special. “In the dog-eat-dog world of high fashion, we’re ready to kick back and celebrate the year of our best friend.”
The best friends of Thom Browne, Joseph Altuzarra, Simon Doonan, Derek Lam, Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, Linda Rodin, and Mahnaz Ispahani indulge us in a Lunar New Year portrait session celebrating the Year of the Dog.