Chinese New Year Zodiac Signs

Find Out Your Animal Sign

Chinese New Year Animals – Just like western horoscopes, Chinese horoscopes are based on the movements of the stars and other celestial bodies and believed to be able to predict everything from what sort of love life you’ll have to what color your lucky underpants should be. There are 12 animal zodiac signs in the Chinese New year zodiac with each year ruled by a single sign. To find out which Chinese zodiac sign you are, match your birth date the animal. We’ll also tell you what the stars say about your personality; the good, the bad and the ugly

01 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Rat Zodiac Sign: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Determined and ambitious, rats are hungry for success and relentless in achieving their goals. Their intelligence means they have the ability to go far but they can be hot headed in the face of difficulties and obstacles, leading to conflict. Their charm and confidence ​mean they have few problems attracting the opposite sex, but longer term relationships can be more challenging because of their unwillingness to compromise. They do not like to share.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Rats
02 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Cow Zodiac Sign: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

Patient, reliable and loyal, cows are happiest when their life and relationships are stable. They tend to form strong and ​long-lasting friendships and often have a small but solid circle of friends. While usually relaxed, cows can be apprehensive of change and this fear can make them sensitive to criticism and unwilling to accept other people’s opinions. 

  • 2012 Horoscope for Cows
03 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Tiger Zodiac Sign: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Passionate about life, Tigers tend to act before they think and throw all their energies into every situation headlong. Supremely confident, they breed confidence in those around them and are natural born leaders and great orators. But their hot and cold emotions mean they are easily bored and change their mind and opinions frequently. They warm to people quickly and usually have a wide circle of friends, but can often be too easily influenced.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Tigers
04 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Rabbit Zodiac Sign: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

One of the noblest signs, rabbits are considered principled and honorable and often gain the admiration of those around them. They care deeply about family and friends and their kindness and sympathy for others means they have long and strong relationships. Inscrutability honest and with a talent for dealing with people, they can often rise to positions of influence.  Their good intentions can make them a soft target for people to take advantage of their charity and sympathy, and their gullibility can lead them into trouble.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Rabbits
Continue to 5 of 12 below.
05 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Dragon Zodiac Sign: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

The red-blooded dragon is one of the strongest signs of the Chinese zodiac and their tireless spirit can often bring them success. Their backbone and resolve mean they are often turned to in times of crisis, and they can be relied upon to help out others. Their bravery means there are few situations they cannot overcome. Driving them is a fiery temperament and it can make them impulsive and impetuous. They dislike routines and are regularly searching for new challenges and opportunities.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Dragons
06 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Snake Zodiac Sign: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Naturally intelligent, snakes have a thirst for knowledge and education giving them a wisdom that makes them prudent and rational when it comes to both money and relationships.  They rarely make snap decisions, preferring to be patient, weigh up the pros and cons before choosing the right course. Their cool, calm and collected approach to life snakes cope with stress well but it can make them seem emotionally detached and they struggle to express themselves.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Snakes
07 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Horse Zodiac Sign: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Full of wit and personality, horses revel in being the center of attention, and their outgoing and sociable behavior means they usually have a wide circle of friends. They usually have little difficulty in attracting the opposite sex but quickly fall in love and relationships can often be intense and short; ending in heartbreak. In a relationship or not, horses like to be independent and there can do attitude and belief in themselves can often drive them to success.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Horses
08 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Sheep Zodiac Sign: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Always thoughtful and kind to those around them, sheep value deep links to family friends and are unselfish in putting other people first. Gentle in their personality, sheep tend to have an affinity for culture and are often creatively gifted. Their sensitivity and concern makes them deep thinkers, but also worries, and they are easily stressed and often tense.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Sheep
Continue to 9 of 12 below.
09 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Monkey Zodiac Sign: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Combining confidence, charisma and a dash of cuteness, monkeys are usually the life and soul of the party and popular with friends and potential partners. Imaginative with an ability to think creatively, adventurous and restless, they can seem rebellious, unwilling to accept authority, but their inquisitive nature, imagination, and ability to think outside the box often makes them gifted at overcoming challenges and striving under stress. Their natural talents may sometimes be lost to laziness and they can seem condescending and egotistical. 

  • 2012 Horoscope for Monkeys
10 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Rooster Zodiac Sign: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

With high expectations and high standards, roosters demand the best for themselves and are tenacious in doing whatever it takes to achieve their goals. While their ideas may seem impossibly ambitious, their approach to life is practical, disciplined and hard working. Sharp and capable, they conquer the obstacles that face them resolutely and are unflappable in a crisis. Roosters take failure very personally and can be highly critical of themselves and others around them; sometimes showing insensitivity.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Roosters
11 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Dog Zodiac Sign: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

The eternal optimists, dogs always see the best in themselves and others and have a naturally happy disposition. Their enthusiasm is infectious and can inspire others to look towards them for leadership. While they value loyalty and are trusting of others, they are easily jealous and are unforgiving after disagreements and arguments. An innate stubbornness also means they will rarely admit when they are wrong.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Dogs
12 of 12


Getty/Stephanie Dalton Cowan

Birth Years for the Pig Zodiac Sign: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

The down to earth pig is instantly likable and can always be relied upon for their honesty and sense of fair play. Their friendliness and compassion make them excellent at dealing with people and they are an excellent judge of character. Despite their belief in other people, they can often underestimate themselves and often --- wrongly --- feel they lack the skills or talent to achieve what they want most in life.

  • 2012 Horoscope for Pigs