The Chinese Zodiac is consulted by millions of believers daily to explore the compatibility of signs and find good lovers, friends, and partners. Chinese Astrology is based upon a twelve year lunar cycle. Signs are determined by the year a person was born and are represented by one of twelve animals that the Chinese believe best reflect particular characteristics.
The Chinese Horoscope has served billions of people over the centuries as one's Chinese zodiac sign accurately determines many aspects of his or her personality. Each sign has different strengths and weaknesses; some are open minded and positive while others are set in their ways and negative. Some are compatible as friends or business partners, and others work better as romantic partners.
On his deathbed, Buddha called all of the animals to him. Only twelve came. They were the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. And for their respect, in return, Buddha placed them each in a position of high regard by using their kind to represent the 12 phases of the Chinese Zodiac.
That a long time ago, the Jade Emperor in Heaven wanted to find 12 animals to represent each year. He started a race among all the animals. The first 12 that reached heaven will get to rule each year. When the animals knew about this race, all of them started to make their way to heaven.
The Cat and the Rat used to be good friends. The Cat asked the Rat to wake him up the next day, so that they can set off together. The Rat woke up early, feeling very excited, he forgot to wake up the Cat.
On his way to heaven, the Rat met the Ox. Knowing that he could leverage on the Ox, he asked the Ox for a ride. In exchange, he would help the Ox keep a lookout for any dangers during the long journey. The Ox, being an agreeable and easygoing fellow agreed to the Rat's request.
After reaching heaven, the Rat jumped down from the head of the Ox and became the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Although this was very unfair for the Ox, he did not hold it against the Rat. In fact, he was happy for the Rat for being number 1.
The Ox became number 2.(This probably explains why Rat and Ox people get along very well). One by one, the other animals came in one by one. Until the Pig, who is the 12th and the last animal.
At this moment...the Cat woke up. When he found out that the Rat left without him, he was furious. To make matters worse, the Rat was number 1.The Cat swore that he'll skin the Rat alive if he ever saw the Rat. Which explains why Cats catch Rats in this present day.
All of this leads us to the chart...
Compatibility Chart for Chinese Zodiac
1 = less compatible → 10 = more compatible
Chinese Astrology divides the twelve zodiac animal signs into four groups with each group of signs or animals being deemed similar in their style of understanding and thinking.
These are all intelligent, positive thinking, active, and competitive animals. Each has unique characteristics that makes it much unlike the others, but meanwhile, all compliment the others. The Mouse is timid and cowardly.
These are all thoughtful and considerate animals that remain forever mindful of their chosen objective. The Ox is strong and sturdy. The Snake, diplomatic. The Rooster seeks knowledge and truth.
The animals in this group are free-spirited lovers of freedom but ego-centric. The Tiger is sensitive, courageous, and short tempered, but most of all, it is suspicious. The Horse is attractive, popular, cheerful, perceptive, wise, educated and social. Dogs are generous, loyal and deep thinkers.
The animals assigned to this group are peaceful and cooperative. They are a fairly even-keeled lot — not too zealous, not too active, and not overly intelligent. They are highly sensitive and rarely accept challenges or risks. They have an unusually powerful ability to garner sympathy for themselves, but in return, they are typically considerate, loving, and sympathetic. The Rabbit is usually talented, tactful, affectionate, articulate, ambitious, and kind. Goats are aesthetic, shy, and pessimistic. They tend to be very successful in life which affords them the materialistic pleasures they often crave. Pigs are gallant and noble. They don't make friends easily, but when they do, they are very loyal.
Year of Birth: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Rats are intelligent, charming, social, forthright, ambitious, imaginative, sincere, passionate, and overly materialistic. They are compatible with the Dragon, Ox and Monkey, but not the Horse. The Rat is first of the Chinese zodiac signs because according to ancient legend, he won a race among all the animals. Rats can be selfish, ruthless and intolerant.
Year of Birth: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The Ox is sturdy, hardworking, dependable, modest, logical, intelligent, traditional, confident, and a good leader. The Ox is compatible with the Snake, Rat, and Rooster, but seldom gets along well with another Ox. The Ox can be stubborn and rigid.
Year of Birth: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tigers are sensitive and courageous. They exude power and passion, welcome risk, and have the ability to excite others to action. Tigers are compatible with the Dog and the Horse, but clash with Monkeys. On the down side, Tigers can be reckless, foolish, selfish, short tempered, poor decision makers, and suspicious by nature.
Year of Birth: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Rabbits are friendly, artistic, compassionate, thorough, talented, affectionate, articulate, ambitious tactful and kind. They are compatible with the Boar and Sheep, but do not get along well with the Monkey. On the down side, Rabbits can be lazy, self-indulgent, and moody. And somewhere in the middle, Rabbits love good, juicy gossip and are pretty good gamblers.
Year of Birth: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Dragons are passionate. They are also leaders, good decision makers, generous, loyal, robust, popular, fun-loving and enthusiastic. They are compatible with Monkeys, but don't get along well with Dogs. Dragons can be violent, short tempered, stubborn, brash, demanding and arrogant.
Year of Birth: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
The Snake is wise, cautious, financially savvy, strong, resolute, intense, and passionate. They are compatible with the Ox and Rooster , but don't get along well with Pigs. On the down side, Snakes are often afflicted with self-doubts, eccentricities, and loneliness and can be stubborn, vain, and selfish.
Year of Birth: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Horses are good-looking, agile, witty, perceptive, popular, cheerful, perceptive, wise, educated, and social. They are compatible with Dogs and Tigers, but clash with Rats. On the down side, Horses can be gullible, stubborn, anxious, and even rude.
Year of Birth: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Goats are creative, artistic, sincere, sympathetic, determined, aesthetic, sometimes shy, and almost always successful. They often crave life's luxuries and they usually get them. They get along well with the Rabbit and Boar, but butt heads with the Ox. Goats are given to excessive worry, pessimism, and indecisiveness.
Year of Birth: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Monkeys are sociable, intellectual, confident, persuasive, intelligent, clever, and innovative. They have excellent memories and a burning desire for knowledge. They are compatible with the Dragon and Rat, but don't get along well with Tigers. Monkeys can be deceptive, manipulative, and jealous.
Year of Birth: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Roosters are decisive, practical, and organized. They seek knowledge and truth and are self-confident and very self-assured. Roosters are compatible with the Snake and Ox, but don't get along with Rabbits. On the down side, Roosters can be egotistical and abrasive.
Year of Birth: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Dogs are generous, loyal, moral, affectionate, and deep thinkers. They inspire others to trust them and never betray a confidence. Dogs are compatible with the Horse and Tiger, but clash with the Dragon. On the down side, Dogs can be judgmental, cynical, quarrelsome, and fretful.
Year of Birth: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Pigs are patient, loyal, sincere, thoughtful, intelligent, gallant, and noble. They don't make friends easily, but when they do, they're faithful. Dogs get along well with Rabbits and Goats, but not with Snakes. On the down side, Pigs can be gullible and materialistic.