Chinese New Year: What’s your animal sign?

Are you anything like your animal sign?

Do you monkey around, are you quite sheepish or plain pig-headed? If so, it could all be down to your Chinese Zodiac sign.

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Based on a 12-year cycle, the Sheng Xiao (‘birth likeness’) is represented by 12 different animals and calculated according to the lunar calendar - 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

Find your animal sign below and let us know if its character traits sound like you.

Year of the Monkey

Years of birth: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Celebrity monkeys: Daniel Craig, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks

Character traits: Self-assured, sociable and sporty, monkeys are versatile, flexible and creative. But they can also be jealous, suspicious and selfish

Best matches: Rat, dragon, snake

Year of the Rooster

Years of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Celebrity roosters: Britney Spears, Roger Federer, Kate Middleton

Character traits: Punctual, honest, bright and warm-hearted, roosters are neat and like to keep busy. They can be critical, quick-tempered and hate dawdlers

Best matches: Ox, dragon, snake

Year of the Dog

Years of birth: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Celebrity dogs: Winston Churchill, Prince William, Madonna

Character traits: Faithful, courageous and clever, dogs make great leaders and are good at keeping secrets. But they’re quick to find fault and can be distant

Best matches: Tiger, rabbit, horse

Year of the Pig

Years of birth: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Celebrity pigs: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton, Julie Andrews

Character traits: Chivalrous, optimistic and frank, pigs are kind and loyal friends and light of heart. Sometimes they can be a little too trusting

Best matches: Sheep, rabbit

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Year of the Rat

Years of birth: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Celebrity rats: Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Katy Perry

Character traits: Smart, wealthy, successful and popular, rats are curious and thoughtful and like tidiness. But they can be stubborn and lack courage

Best matches: Dragon, monkey, ox

Year of the Ox

Years of birth: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Celebrity oxes: Barack Obama, Kiera Knightley, George Clooney

Character traits: Patient, cautious and industrious, oxes have strong staying power and don’t jump into making decisions. But they’re poor communicators

Best matches: Rat, snake, rooster

Year of the Tiger

Years of birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Celebrity tigers: Marilyn Monroe, Robert Pattinson, Tom Cruise

Character traits: Loyal, trustworthy and courageous, tigers are good at expressing themselves and like challenges. But they can be hasty and over-confident

Best matches: Horse, dog

Year of the Rabbit

Years of birth: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Celebrity rabbits: Queen Victoria, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

Character traits: A symbol of hope and peace, rabbits are compassionate and modest, with a good sense of humour. They’ll do anything to escape from a dull life

Best matches: Sheep, pig, dog

Year of the Dragon

Years of birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Celebrity dragons: Bruce Lee, Rihanna, Florence Nightingale

Character traits: Ambitious, energetic and intellectual, dragons are romantic and strive for perfection. But they can be arrogant and impatient

Best matches: Rat, monkey, rooster

Year of the Snake

Years of birth: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Celebrity snakes: Daniel Radcliffe, Muhammad Ali, Audrey Hepburn

Character traits: Wise, passionate, sympathetic and even-tempered, snakes are self-aware and good communicators. They can be fickle, jealous and headstrong

Best matches: Ox, rooster

Year of the Horse

Years of birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Celebrity horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes

Character traits: Positive, easygoing and warm-hearted, horses are dynamic generous and attract many friends. But they have a tendency to over-spend

Best matches: Tiger, sheep, dog

Year of the Sheep

Years of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Celebrity sheep: Nicole Kidman, Matt LeBlanc, Bruce Willis

Character traits: Gentle, calm, kind, caring and polite, sheep are one of the most loved of the signs. Sometimes shy, sensitive and pessimistic, they have an artistic streak

Best matches: Rabbit, horse, pig

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