Faithful, intelligent, warm and full of energy, the dog has long held its place as man's best friend. That's good news as we approach 2018, the Year of the Dog, because, according to the Chinese calendar, the next 12 months will be largely shaped by canine traits.

Bearing this in mind, we've sought insight from astronomical, spiritual and personal development perspectives to find out what lies ahead in 2018 in terms of life, work, love and health.

The astrologists