The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle with each cycle relating to an animal sign. It is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar and the signs are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each zodiac animal has personality traits that are believed to be embodied in each person. See below and match your birth year to your zodiac animal!

Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)

Rats are wise, crafty, determined inventive, intense, and resourceful. They are comfortable in groups of people and are rather sociable. They’re quick learners and detail oriented. While some may seem them as opportunistic, rats cannot resist the chance to move quickly and achieve their goals.

Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

The ox is known to be reliable, strong, determined, cautious, and contemplative. The ox tends to be independent and prefers to work alone. Family, values, and morals are important to the ox and they cherish their personal lives.

Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

Tigers are courageous, self-assured, competitive, unconventional, and adventurous. They prefer freedom and power; and thus, tigers prefer to tackle a problem head-on. They don’t shy away from a challenge.

Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

Rabbits are known to be responsible, quiet, faithful, even-tempered, and clever. They are rather sensitive but can use this as a strength to assess a situation and develop an admirable strategy. Their innovativeness is valued.

Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Dragons are intelligent, confident, courageous, passionate, and selfless. They are known to stir up energy and are known to be optimistic and dedicated workers.

Snake (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

The snake is wise, enigmatic, sympathetic, and intuitive. Although the snake proceeds at its own pace, they are often trailblazers, They are reflective and also enjoy showing off their social side.

Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

Horses are often energetic, animated, witty, easygoing, and honest. They are often the most popular person in the bunch and love to seek challenges. Horses strive for success and do not tire easily.

Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

Goats are known to be sympathetic, calm, charming, and intelligent. They prefer stability and are always willing to lend an ear to a friend.

Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

Monkeys are incredibly curious, sharp, charming, and humorous. They are very adaptable and lively. Monkeys have a slew of interests and they’re able to fit into any social situation.

Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

The rooster is courageous, hardworking, witty, talented, and brave. Roosters have wonderful style and charm which makes them a great networker. They have no problem speaking up and are very dedicated workers.

Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

Dogs are known to be honest, resourceful, generous, animated, and cooperative. They are incredibly loyal and have a watchful eye for those they care about. They strive for justice and fair and make excellent friends and partners.

Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

Pigs are very compassionate, thoughtful, creative, reliable, and noble. They have a fun side that brings a smile to everyone. Pigs are steady, trustworthy, and great at maintaining relationships.