Chinese Zodiac Animals


About the Chinese Zodiac

On Feb. 15, 2018 we transition from a Rooster Year to a Dog Year.
The Chinese zodiac signs form a recurring 12-year cycle, and each year is represented by one of 12 animals. The year a person is born determines their zodiac sign, and this is believed to affect their personality. The Chinese zodiac was also used to tell time, with each animal representing a two-hour period of time.

Learn More About the Chinese Zodiac Animals:
Rat (鼠 Shǔ), Ox (牛 Niú), Tiger (虎 Hǔ), Rabbit (兔 Tù), Dragon (龙 Long), Snake (蛇 Shé)Horse (马 Mǎ)Sheep/Ram (羊 Yang)Monkey (猴 Hóu)Rooster (鸡 Jī)Dog (狗 Gǒu)Boar/Pig (猪 Zhū)

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Rat 鼠 shǔ

Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, curious

Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949
Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961
Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973
Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6, 1997
Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021

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Ox 牛 niú

Confident, honest, patient, conservative, strong

Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950
Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962
Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974
Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986
Feb 7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022

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Tiger 虎 hǔ

Sensitive, tolerant, brave, active, resilient

Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951
Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963
Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975
Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011
Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023

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Rabbit 兔 tù

Affectionate, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful

Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952
Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964
Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976
Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000
Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 9, 2024

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Dragon 龙 long

Enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, energetic, innovative

Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953
Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965
Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977
Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989
Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013
Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025

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Snake 蛇 shé

Charming, intuitive, romantic, highly perceptive, polite

Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954
Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966
Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978
Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002
Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026

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Horse 马 mǎ

Diligent, friendly, sophisticated, talented, clever

Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955
Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967
Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979
Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
Feb 17, 2026 – Feb 5, 2027

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Ram 羊 yang

Artistic, calm, reserved, happy, kind

Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956
Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968
Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980
Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992
Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016
Feb 6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028

A Year with Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads - Kyle Dyer from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo.

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Monkey 猴 hóu

Witty, lively, flexible, humorous, curious

Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957
Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969
Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981
Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005
Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029

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Rooster 鸡 jī

Shrewd, honest, communicative, motivated, punctual

Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958
Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970
Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982
Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994
Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
Feb 13, 2029 – Feb 2, 2030

A Year with Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads - Mayor Michael B. Hancock from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo.

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Dog 狗 gǒu

Loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, warm-hearted

Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 8, 1959
Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971
Jan 25, 1982 - Feb 12, 1983
Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 4, 2019
Feb 3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031

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Pig 猪 zhū

Sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, optimistic

Feb 8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960
Jan 27, 1971 - Feb 14, 1972
Feb 13, 1983 - Feb 1, 1984
Jan 31, 1995 - Feb 18, 1996
Feb 18, 2007 - Feb 6, 2008
Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032