The Chinese animal zodiac, or (shengxiao meaning “born resembling”), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.
In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal. It is believed that people with different zodiac animal signs have different traits, much in the same way that people believe the same about sun signs.
In Japan we also use this system to celebrate the various years and most people know their zodiac animal. Many people have a ceramic or paper or fabric animal with their year or buy one as a good luck gift for that year.
At our store we currently have a selection of ceramic dolls. 2018 is the year of the Dog. So of course we have the Dog.