The Dog is the 11th sign in the 12-sign Chinese zodiac cycle. Those born under the Dog sign are known to be independent, sincere, courageous and intelligent, as well as friendly and loving. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Dog runs from 16 February 2018 to 4 February 2019.

Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Prince William, Dame Judi Dench, Glenn McGrath, Adam Hills and Billy Thorpe. Previous Dog years include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. The Dog’s lucky colours are red, green and purple, and its lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9.

Products released in this issue

  • Minisheet
  • Zodiac sheetlet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet, zodiac)
  • Stamp pack, minisheet
  • Special stamp pack (silk minisheets)
  • International and domestic PPEs
  • Postcard
  • Postal numismatic cover
  • Postal numismatic cover (Dragon)
  • Medallion cover
  • Prestige booklet

View our article on the range of collectables available with this issue.

Technical specifications

Issue date
8 January 2018
Issue withdrawal date
31 December 2018
1 x $1, 1 x $3
Stamp design
Dani Poon
Product design
Jason Watts and Jo Muré
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phosphor
Paper - self-adhesive
Blue PVS stamp paper
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size
136mm x 70mm
Zodiac sheetlet size
170mm x 210mm
14.60 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50 (2 x 25) with foil
FDI postmark
Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date
6 February 2018

Stamps in this issue

$1 Dog

The Dog’s pictorial representation, with floral inlay, is included in the $1 stamp design.

The $1 stamp design will also be available as a Personalised Stamp™, from early February 2018.

$3 Dog

The $3 stamp features the Chinese calligraphic character for the Dog.

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