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Chinese Zodiac Signs 

Madame Ruby
Updated June 14, 2019 39.8k views 12 items

Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the year a person is born. All total, there are 12 animals representing each of the Chinese zodiac signs. This list includes all of the animals in the Chinese zodiac, along with the corresponding years of birth, so you can determine your particular animal and see some of the characteristics of someone born under that particular sign.

What's the most powerful Chinese Zodiac sign? Every animal in the Chinese zodiac has specific characteristics that distinguish it from others. Those born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Horse, for example, are generally free-spirited individuals who love to travel and go wherever life takes them. Not so for those born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rooster. Roosters are often planners, and they can be extremely meticulous about every little detail.

Keep in mind that not all traits apply to every single person. Some Dogs, for example, are extremely uptight - even though their animal traits say they're mostly easygoing. As with all things astrology-related, it's not a one size fits all. You might have some of the Chinese zodiac sign traits, but not others.

Enjoy this list describing the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Rat (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are known to be witty, charming, very ambitious, curious, artistic, and highly sociable. They are also extremely loyal to their friends and family, and the love a good challenge.

Years Born: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Ox (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox are quite often very strong-willed individuals who are goal-oriented, honest, born leaders. They may also be somewhat introverted and highly protective of others. Patience is high with the Ox, but they can be somewhat rigid and demanding.

Years Born: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Tiger (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are often fiercely independent and passionate, but also generous and warm to those around them. Tigers are also very intense and moody — and, like the Ox, they are natural leaders.

Years Born: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Rabbit (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit tend to be sensitive and very attached to the home and to family and friends. Rabbits make great friends, and they are natural-born peacemakers who don't like confrontation. On the flip side, Rabbits can also be stubborn, indecisive, and slightly detached.

Years Born: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011