As we are about done with the year of the Rooster, it's time for a little insight into the Chinese Year of the Dog. To refine the picture, we must add that this is a male or Yang year, as well as an Earth element or Mountain year, which is associated with the color brown. Hence year of the Brown Yang Mountain Dog.
The Chinese New Year is typically marked by the New Moon following what in the West we call Imbolc. This year that falls on Feb 1