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What Is Your Chinese Zodiac Animal?

Updated on August 21, 2012

In Chinese Astrology there are 12 Animals in the Chinese Zodiac which in turn follow a 12 year cycle. There is a year given to each specific Animal in each 12 year cycle, as of 2012 you may heard that it is the year of the Dragon!

It is believed people take on a certain character due to their Animal Sign which is based on their birth year. Every year has its own an Animal Sign and this cycle repeats, for every 12 years we have the same Animal appearing again, for example if you were born in 1940 you would be a Dragon but you would also be a Dragon if you were born in 1952.

Find below your Characteristics through your Animal Sign. To find this find the year you were born and find out which Animal matches the year you were born. You may also wish to know which animal your friends and family are, the Chinese Zodiac is great fun whether or not you do believe in it.

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Year Of The Rat

Those born under the Rat are clever, highly attractive and charming.

They are a good friend, loyal to close friends, motivated by money, work hard, like challenges, ambitious; they also like to gossip and be greedy. Rat people can sometimes become very angry and hotheaded but they are always supportive of others. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Year Of The Ox

Those under the sign of the Ox are strong, leader types, serious, love being around others and conservative.

The ox types can also be stubborn and don't really like being alone, they do however like their private life too and prefer to do things on their own. They prefer friends and family they can rely on often, they can be easy going but short tempered when not taken seriously. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Year Of The Tiger

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger like to be someone of knowledge and someone of high position; they are strong minded and have strong leadership qualities. They are also known for their charm, courage and highly seductive personalities.

They can be moody and impulsive sometimes, while they make passionate lovers and honest partners they too hope for the same back and wont settle for anything less. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Year Of The Rabbit

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit love being center of attention in the social group and love having their friends and family around them often.

They are often compassionate and sincere but are introverted so do tend to stick only to things they are familiar with. They are seen sometimes to be cold, passive, quiet and can be pushovers. Their family life and house life is more important to them than going to parties. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Year Of The Dragon

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are full of warm energy, they are very welcoming and friendly. They have much love to have and often fiery when they express themselves. Dragons tend to rely on themselves more than asking for the help of others.

They can also be egotistic, they are born to be leaders, good at solving problems and love teaching others who ask for help and advice. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Year Of The Snake

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are attractive and enticing, they are often introverted and insecure but handy in wealth matters such as keeping money. They to be very analytic but also like taking risks smart because they rely on gut feeling.

Their intelligence is power but because of their good enticing looks they often can be quite fickle in marriage and relationships. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Year Of The Horse

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse are adventurous and enjoy their freedom. They are usually the heart of the part and love travelling, they also love intimacy and being close to others.

They can be impatient and sometimes just want to get on with their own stuff, however they also like big groups and being in large crowds. They also tend to be weak when it comes to lust and are easily seduced by members of the opposite gender. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Year Of The Sheep

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being under their own roof and love their own space as much as being around other. They are usually very creative and love to daydream and be artistic.

They to be unorganized often and have anxious moments, they need lots of support from others and always come out of their shell when they have re-assurance from others. They also put a lot of importance on appearance and hygiene. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Year Of The Monkey

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on entertainment and having lots of fun. They are always engaged in something and looking for the next fun thing to do in their life. They are usually good listeners and give good advice but they also love a good time with others.

Being active is in their heart but they can also be quite selfish when it comes to what they want. Their morals can be in the wrong place but their quest for knowledge and being decisive is excellent. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Year Of The Rooster

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are wise and always observe everything around with both intelligence and awareness.

they tend to be good strategists but also perfectionists. The roosters love to be conservative about things, they are also outspoken but they tend to be very brave and if something needs doing they will not hesitate to get it done. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Year Of The Dog

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are faithful and trusted but are often guilty of telling white lies to make others feel better when they know the real truth is not behind their words. They are somewhat sensitive and dogmatic but are proven to be good friends.

They do however have trouble finding love and partners, dogs can be cold sometimes and distant but in truth this is only because they do not always express themselves or ask for what they really want. They are also very tactical and good in the working sector. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Year Of The Pig

Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are amazingly good mannered and have good taste. The are known to be good hearted, nice and always put others before themselves.

They can also be perfectionists but only because they want the best for themselves. They take pride in helping or advising others, they are good friends but can be stern when it comes to someone double crossing them. In that sense they may forgive you but it will take them much time to do so. Pigs love to seek a further meaning to everything and love to be the best at many things. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.


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      6 years ago from Somewhere in North America

      Interesting! I'm a rat which sounded bad till I read it. Then I realized that none of the animals sound very appearling. It all seems a bit incompatible with the familiar Zodiac where I'm an Aries (the Ram) but not in Chinese astrology. Probably this predates the other though?


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