Happy Chinese New Year: which zodiac animal are you?

It's Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January, and if born in the year of the rooster, it's your moment. Find out which zodiac animal you are, and what this might say about you - in distinctly Mumsnet* terms (*may not be peer-reviewed)

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Those born in: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921

Best matched with: Ox, Snake, Dragon

Characteristics: Well-dressed, sociable, accomplished, practical, shrewd, daring, outspoken

Least likely to say: "I'll give my MIL the benefit of the doubt - I'm sure she didn't mean to be so rude." 


Those born in: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932 and 1920 

Best matched with: Dragon, Rat 

Characteristics: Charming, inventive, diplomatic, fickle, passionate, energetic 

Least likely to say: "...I'd rather lie here with [wine] and [cake], thanks."

Sheep (aka Ram, Goat)  

Those born in: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931 and 1919

Best matched with: Rabbit, Pig, Horse

Characteristics: Insecure, sensitive, innocent, artistic, dreamy

Least likely to say: "This zodiac lark is a load of old woo."


Those born in: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942 and 1930

Best matched with: Tiger, Dog, Sheep 

Characteristics: Charismatic, hard-working, self-reliant, adventurous, rebellious

Least likely to say: "I think I'll just comply with the grabby wedding poem and transfer the money straight into their bank account."


Those born in: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

Best matched with: Ox, Rooster

Characteristics: Sympathetic, jealous, intuitive, enterprising

Least likely to say: "I'll never get more than one meal out of this chicken."


Those born in: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

Best matched with: Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster

Characteristics: Enthusiastic, hot-headed, confident, aggressive, courageous, tenacious

Least likely to say: "I won't say anything to that other mother at soft play. I'm sure her seven-year-old didn't mean to knock my toddler out."



Those born in: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927

Best matched with: Sheep, Dog, Pig

Characteristics: Ambitious, kind, stylish, wise, cautious, romantic

Least likely to say: "LTB. Now."


Those born in: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 19264

Best matched with: Horse, Dragon, Dog

Characteristics: Exasperating, noble, affectionate, loyal, unpredictable, commanding

Least likely to say: "First-time poster, long-time lurker."


Those born in: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925

Best matched with: Rat, Snake, Rooster 

Characteristics: Thoughtful, patient, self-assured, stubborn, dogmatic

Least likely to say: "Maybe I am being unreasonable."


Those born in: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Best matched with: Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Characteristics: Loving, trustworthy, restless, industrious, organised

Least likely to say: "A spreadsheet of who's doing which after-school club and when? Why on earth would I need one of those?"



Those born in: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935

Best matched with: Rabbit, Sheep

Characteristics: Tolerant, idealistic, caring, polite

Least likely to say: "YABVVU. HTH."


Those born in: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922

Best matched with: Horse, Tiger, Rabbit 

Characteristics: Faithful, retiring, anxious, honourable, reliable, judgemental

Least likely to say: "Judgey-pants? I've no idea what you mean."

*The Chinese calendar is lunar, so if your birthday is in January or early February, have a look at the animal for the year before.

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