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~Oprah Winfrey

Animal Signs

How much alike are you and your R.E.A.D.® partner?

These 12 animals represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac. Enter a year below and see which animal you and your best friends are.

The Chinese calendar differs from the Western calendar in that the beginning changes every year, on dates ranging from late January to late February. If you were born early in the year, you may be interested in looking at the description of the animal of the year before--it may suit you better!

You’ve likely heard reference to a particular year being the “Year of the Rabbit” or “Year of the Pig.” Displayed below are the characteristics of those born in the year of the listed animals.

Rat Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are good friends, and are generous and loyal to others considered part of their pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, are ever curious, seek knowledge, and welcome challenges. Compatible with Dragon or Monkey.

Ox Another of the powerful Chinese Zodiac signs, the Ox is steadfast and solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted, but can feel lonely and insecure. They take comfort in friends and family and are reliable, protective, and strong companions. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

Tiger Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger have strong leadership qualities. They are authoritative, self-possessed, charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

Rabbit Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

Dragon A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love, and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

Snake Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, and smart. They rely on gut feelings and are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

Horse Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love, and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient, and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

Goat Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They’re creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

Monkey Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

Rooster Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, and honest. They are also perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

Dog Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

Pig Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They’re perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They’re intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and exclusive. Compatible with Rabbit or Goat.


Just for fun, think of this as a Chinese horoscope and enter your birth year. Then click on the link to find out your animal sign.

Born in 2000, the Year of the Dragon,
Sunny is "warm hearted and charismatic."
And by climbing Cowles Mountain, he proved he's
"energetic" and
"doing what’s necessary to remain on top!"

Enter your birth year, then clink on the animal sign button below. For example: "1975"