What's your Chinese animal sign?

Posted on: 03 February 2010 by Mark O'haire

Celebrate the year of the tiger in 2010, and discover the animal side of your personality.

Twelve animals each represent one year of the Chinese calendar. The legend tells us that the animals raced across a river, and the gods ordered the years according to the winners. 2010 is the year of the tiger.

You’re in good company if you’re a tiger – there are a host of big screen stars including Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Marilyn Monroe and Demi Moore.

Sir David Attenborough, Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells, Stevie Wonder, Sir Alec Guiness, Hugh Hefner, Dylan Thomas, Beatrix Potter, Lionel Ritchie and Kenny Rogers were all also born in the Year of the Tiger.

You can find out your animal personality traits here. If you were born in January or the first half of February, you may need to look at the previous year.


1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Brave and have a strong will, but this can lead you to overdoing things. You are generous and affectionate.


1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

Lucky and ambitious but can sometimes be very shy. You appreciate all beautiful things and you get on well with people.


1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

Stubborn and proud, you are a born leader. You are energetic and strong and will accomplish much in your life.


1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Wise and attractive, you can sometimes be mean. You enjoy the finer aspects of life: books, music, the arts and good food.


1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Clever and cheerful, but you can be impatient. You are attractive to others and like to dress up in fine clothes.


1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Artistic, calm and caring, but you can also be indecisive. You are very kind and generous and are loved by everyone.


1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Creative and successful, but you can easily be discouraged. You are skilful and can adapt to any challenge.


1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Very clever and brave, you are born to bounce back. You are entertaining and fun to be with.


1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Honest, loyal and sincere, but you can be stubborn. You are trustworthy and a loyal friend.


1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Very brave and impulsive, you can sometimes act without thinking. You never bear grudges and you will be a friend for life.


1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

Ambitious and honest but quick to anger. You are talented at making money, but you are generous with it.


1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

Bright and easy going but hate to be beaten. You are a hard worker and can think of logical solutions to problems.

Web Links

Zodiac animals descriptions from chinanow.org.uk, the UK Chinese culture festival website.

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