Chinese Zodiac Animals

Chinese Zodiac Animals

With February 8th heralding the dawn of the year of the Monkey, it’s time to take a look at the mysteries of Chinese zodiac animals.


What are the Chinese Zodiac Animals?

There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals, each with different characteristics, and these are said to represent how people born in that year will behave and be seen by their friends and family. The animals rotate in a twelve year cycle, presenting a different animal for each year.

  • 雞 Rooster Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
  • 狗 Dog Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
  • 猪 Pig Feb 18, 2007 – Feb 6, 2008
  • 鼠 Rat Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
  • 牛 Ox Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
  • 虎 Tiger Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011
  • 兔 Rabbit Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
  • 龍 Dragon Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013
  • 蛇 Snake Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
  • 馬 Horse Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
  • 羊 Goat Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016
  • 猴 Monkey Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017


Other Chinese Zodiac Animals

Of course, not everyone born in the same year has the same personality, and there are additional Chinese zodiac animals for the month, day and hour your were born, called inner animals, true animals and secret animals.


Buying Chinese Zodiac Animals

You can find Chinese zodiac animals in many forms, including animal jewellery, charms, animal coins and fabrics.


Why not bring good fortune to your home with Chinese zodiac animal figures, available as wood, jade and soapstone zodiac animal carvings. They make exotic and intriguing additions to your home, and who knows what they will add to your life!