Know Your Chinese Zodiac Animal – Part 3

Understanding China - PART 03 - Know your Chinese Zodiac Animals - Blog

Understanding China – PART 03 – Know your Chinese Zodiac Animals – Blog

Completing our series about Chinese Zodiac Animals

we want to give you some more information about the probably most important animal of this year, the rooster. Today we will introduce you the last four missing Chinese Zodiac Animals:

The monkey (猴 hóu), the rooster (鸡 / 雞 jī), the dog (狗 gǒu) and last but not least the pig (猪 / 豬 zhū).


The monkey (the ninth order) 猴 hóu

It’s is a symbol of “wit” in the eyes of Chinese people. Therefore, calling small children “little monkey” is a great compliment. In addition, since the word “monkey” is a homonym of “high official” (候) in Chinese, monkey is a sign for luck of “promotion”.


Years 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028 …
Attributes versatility
Personality People born under the sign of monkey are born with enviable talents, they are usually skillful and clever. They win prizes frequently from childhood on, and most of them become good leaders when growing up. They have outstanding ability to make right choices, and are very considerate.
Their temper is “quick-tempered”. Therefore, they are impetuous and have the tendency to look down on others. In the other words, they are sometimes snobbish and crafty, and their impatience might hinder them from getting success.


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The rooster (the tenth order) 鸡 / 雞 jī

Crowing every dawn like an alarm clock waking you up, the roosters crowing is the sound for the start of a brand new day. Therefore, Chinese people take roosters as a signal of “a new begin“. They also like to watch the game so called “fighting roosters”, seeing two roosters heroically fighting against each other. People think they can learn bravery and competitiveness from the roosters’ struggles. Even though those fights are forbidden in some parts of the world, it is still part of some asian cultures and happens at hidden and secret places.


Years 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029 …
Attributes Independence
Personality People born under this sign are usually honest, enthusiastic, bright, capable at communicating, and very ambitious. They usually think fast, and very wise, so it’s common for them to stammer as their mouth couldn’t catch up the speed of their hopping thoughts. Due to their self-confidence, they aren’t afraid to be different!
At their worst, they seldom rely on others. They also somehow egotistical that they don’t care too much of others’ feelings, and they might also judge others’ taste of clothes. These attributes usually give other people the impression of coldness.


The dog (the eleventh order) 狗 gǒu

Although you might hear that ancient Chinese people eat dogs, dog actually indicates “luck”, and are looked upon as a lucky animal in Chinese culture. Dog likes barking, the ancient Chinese people believe that the different barking times mean bad or good luck and that dogs are able to predict luck.


Years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042 …
Attributes Fidelity
Personality Dog people usually are brave, honest, loyal to friends, and like righting wrongs. They have a strong sense of justice and have a transparent personality, and never put on airs. Furthermore, they never cowered back when facing difficulty. Most of all, they are responsible, never play jobs, and often highly regarded by their supervisors in their workplace.
Their weaknesses are mainly self-righteous and arbitrary. They usually pay much attention on the theory but end up in less action. They worry about personal gains and of losing too much, which often cause them much disappointment.


The pig (the last order) 猪 / 豬 zhū

The pig has been an indispensable animal for a home since ancient Chinese period. And the number of pigs was the indication of the wealth of a family for a long time. People in China also believe that the sign of the pig represents peace, simplicity, and most of all, happiness.


Years 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 …
Attributes warm-hearted
Personality People born in the year of the pig are always surrounded by many friends as they set a high value of friendship. They are generous and never hesitate to give help for those who need and are willing to share what they have to others. They are always happy, and have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
On the other hand they are gullible as they trust people easily. Also, they are easy to lose confidence, because they care too much about whether others are looking down upon them. Most of all, they are near-sighted, only paying attention to the present.


So, what do you think? Does your personality fit to the description of your Chinese Zodiac Animal? If you missed the last two posts about the other Chinese Zodiac Animals, simply visit our blog to find out more about Chinese language or click on the following pictures to get directly to the animal you’re looking for!


Rat (鼠 shǔ)

Ox (牛 niú)

Tiger (虎 hǔ)

Rabbit (兔 tù)

  Dragon (龙 / 龍 lóng)

Snake (蛇 shé)

Horse (马 / 馬 mǎ)

Goat (羊 yáng)


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