Which Zodiac Animal are You?

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People are always asking me “Which Chinese Calendar Animal am I?”  So here’s a handy reference so you can work out what animal you are in the Chinese zodiac! Beside each animal is the name of the animal in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, given to me by Scotch College Melbourne student Adam Pai, and written by his calligraphy teacher Jason Huang. Thank you Adam and Jason!

NB you have to be a bit careful if your birth date fell in the last 2 weeks of January or first 2 weeks of February, since the Chinese Calendar year runs from the first day of Chinese New Year NOT from the 1st of January! Chinese New Year starts on a different date every year between mid-January and mid-February, depending on the phases of the moon. So if you’re not sure, ask Mum and Dad if you can visit http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac where you can enter your date of birth in a Chinese Zodiac Calculator to find out!

For everyone else, and as a general rule, if you were born in:

1912 ,1924 , 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972 ,1984,1996 or 2008: you are a Rat – just like Run Run and just like me!


People born in the Year of the Rat, just like Run Run, are clever, quick-witted and full of curiosity. They make charming and generous friends, although their keen sense of ambition can lead them astray and they’re no fun at all when they’re bored! Their best friends are Monkeys, Dragons and Oxen.


1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 or 2009: you are an Ox – just like Oswald.


Like Oswald, people born in the Year of the Ox are patient, honest and hard-working, and tend to be creatures of habit. They are very intelligent, but often quiet and reserved. They don’t care what other people think and will restore calm in times of trouble. Their best friends are Snakes, Roosters and Rats.


1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010: you are a Tiger – just like Temujin.


If you were born in the Year of the Tiger you are very hard to resist! You are charismatic, courageous and brave, with natural authority, but you are often unpredictable and like Temujin, can be very bad-tempered when trapped in a corner! Tigers make sensitive and considerate friends, but you also love adventure and challenges, so life with a tiger can a be a real roller-coaster ride! Your best friends are Horses, Dragons and Dogs.


1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011 : you are a Rabbit. I should warn you that Rhonda Rabbit is a rebel from North of the Border and is NOT your typical refined and well-behaved rabbit …


People born in the Year of the Rabbit are talented and ambitious. They are very good citizens who are much admired and trusted, often becoming diplomats and politicians. They also have excellent taste, being very artistic and creative. Their best friends are Sheep, Pigs and Dogs.


1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012 : you are a Dragon, just like Chester Choi.


Like Chester, dragon people are full of fun and energy, but often a little short-tempered and stubborn! They’re also sensitive and brave, and make wonderful friends.  They can also be very soft-hearted, provided they’re not hungry! Their best friends are Rats, Snakes, Monkeys and Roosters.


1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 or 2013: you are a Snake, just like Sybil Snake. 







People born in the Year of the Snake don’t say much, but underneath their calm exterior lurks a passionate and determined person who usually gets what he or she wants! They can be a bit vain (and are usually quite good-looking!) but they are also very sympathetic to people who are less fortunate than they are. Their best friends are Oxen and Roosters.


1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 or 2014: you are a Horse.

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Horse people are happy, popular and often talk too much! They are wise and talented, but also quite impatient and very independent, rarely listening to the advice of others. They love entertainment and big crowds. Their best friends are Tigers, Dogs and Sheep.


1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015: you are a Ram (or a Sheep or a Goat!).


If you were born in the Year of the Sheep, you are wise, gentle and kind. You are passionate about your beliefs and may be deeply religious. But while you are often very artistic and elegant, you may also be shy and quite puzzled about life. Your best friends are Rabbits, Pigs and Horses.


1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or 2016: you are a Monkey.


Monkey people are inventive and original and are great problem-solvers. They are successful at everything they do but if they can’t get started on a project right away, they get discouraged and tend to walk away. They have excellent memories, and while they are often short-tempered, their anger cools quickly. Their best friends are  Dragons and Rats.


1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 or 2017: you are a Rooster.


Roosters are talkative, noisy and active, and love being in the spotlight! They’re hard-working, courageous and proud of their looks and talents, though they can also be very boastful! But they are intensely loyal, and always keep their promises, making them devoted friends. Their best friends are Oxen, Snakes and Dragons.


1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018: you are a Dog.

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If you were born in the Year of the Dog, you are honest, trustworthy and loyal. You don’t care about money but you’re seldom without it. You can be a bit selfish and stubborn, but you make a wonderful leader. Your best friends are Horses, Tigers and Rabbits.


1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019: You are a Pig.

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Pig people are chivalrous, brave and impulsive. Whatever they do, they do with all their might and they never back down. They are honest, strong and extremely loyal and while they make few friends, the ones they have are friends for life. While they don’t talk much they have a great thirst for knowledge and are very well-informed. Their best friends are Rabbits and Sheep.


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  1. Thank you ms.Brennan for coming today to singapore american school , i enjoyed lisiting to you read. i am in 5th grade and love writing i can’t wait till your next contest. what is your email? so i can ask some more private questions. thanks again

    • Dear Peace Gal – thanks for your post – I had a fantastic day today at SAS and look forward to meeting more SAS kids and staff tomorrow! My email is sarah@auspicioustimes.com – I look forward to hearing from you! Keep on writing and reading!

      • Sarah Brennan. Thank you for coming to our school at dbis in hong kong. I had so much fun.I hope that you can come back to our school.Love from Alexandra.

      • Thanks Alexandra – I really enjoyed my visit to DBIS – thanks for having me!

  2. thank you Sarah Brennan,I learned alot about my and my families fortune

    • That’s great! The zodiac is great fun, isn’t it?!

      • You wrote this message 6 days after I was born wow

      • Wow Ahmed! I’m so happy you are reading my blog!

  3. what animal of the year are you?

    • Hi Allison – I’m a Rat – and a typical Rat at that! I’m ambitious and on the go all the time, and my biggest fear is being bored!

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Do you remember me? Im Jasmine, the one at BISS China, who asked you if you sold your books in Australia. I would really like to buy Rhonda rabbit! Thank you so much for visiting our school. We really enjoyed your story and we are looking forward to your next visit. I was so excited about buying a book today but I forgot my money so I have to Buy one from our school library tommorow. I was able to get your signature on a peice of paper and a bookmark. Your signature is going in my keep-safe box. Can I please have your E-mail address because I wasn’t able to get it this morning?


    P.s. Did you know that I am from Australia! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi,oi,oi

    • Hi Jasmine – yes I DO remember you! I hope you’ve been able to get yourself a copy of Rhonda Rabbit by now! My email address is sarah@auspicioustimes.com if you want to email me directly. Keep on reading!

      • Hi Sarah

        Do you remember me
        Im in SJS and I really like your books,
        I was the girl who you made a story about miffy and the AK something machine gun!


      • Hello Alyssa – of course I remember you! And thank you for being a good sport when you acted in my story! Happy Easter! Sarah

  5. hey, love the stories!!!!!:p

  6. Hi Sarah, do you have any brothers or sisters???? yes,no?

    I hope you looked at your email!!

    • Hi Melissa – I’ve got two sisters, one older and the other my age (in other words, a twin!) and one younger brother! They all live in Australia.

      • Whats their names? Especially your twin

      • Of course! Same as in nature!

  7. I love your books! I am year of the snake what about you Sarah?

  8. Hi Sarah brennan for the spelling test if we win do we get 4000 dollers. ? And be the fameus person in the world. And get all your books for free.? and them sighin them to.?

    • Hmmm… I’ll call that wishful thinking! But you do get published on my blog if you’re one of the winning entries…so your story will be read by kids all around the world! AND the overall winner of each age group gets a free signed copy of one of my books!

  9. Hey Sarah Brennan!
    I’m the year of the Snake!
    I love your books soooo much!
    What zodiac are you?

  10. Dear Sarah Brennan,

    I read some of your books and I like them!

    From Ho Ming

    • Thanks Ho Ming – I love to hear comments like that! Keep on reading!

  11. Hi Sarah Brennan,
    I read your books and they were absolutely amazing!!!!!!
    But I do have one request:Can you please write some more books? It would be great if you did!

  12. Hello! I am a student from KJS and I like your books a lot. Can you just think of another competition. PLEASE????

    P.S. I think you should write more books!!!

    • Thanks for your messages Maisha – I’ll be announcing another competiton soon so keep visiting my blog and I’ll let you know!

  13. i can’t believe it I’m a snake.
    And i am pretty.
    I’m surotama banerjee who entered your competition .

    • Hi Surotama – but as you can see, being a Snake in the Chinese Zodiac is a great thing to be!

  14. dear sarah brennan
    i like your vist to CAIS i have enjoy your funny stories. hope you still remeber me.( i am the one who gave you the enegy candy)

    • Hello Jessica – of course I remember you…and the candy bar! It’s lovely to hear from you again!

  15. hi sarah brennan i love love love your book temujin! im the girl maddie from south moreton school grade 6!! your workshop with my class was so much fun it was soooo interesting about how you get your books published! im sooo sorry i couldnt come to your family workshop i was really busy that day! hope you come back to our school soon!!!

    • Hi Maddie, what a lovely comment – thank you lots! It’s fantastico! Magnifico! Excellente! I’m glad you love The Tale of Temujin – it’s one of my favourites too! Have fun reading, and I look forward to your entry into my Clever Competition soon!


      • Thanks Maddie – I’d love to! Maybe next year!

  16. thanks so much!!!!! your my biggest fan!!!

    • sorry i was meant to say i’m your biggest fan whoooops!!!

  17. Dear Sarah,
    can u make a sneak peak of each book please!

    • Now that would be telling too much! You’ll just have to be patient!

  18. i like the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. it is good and very funney

  20. Your storys or great. class:2ABY

  21. Dear Sarah,

    I love you book and I hope you like them too. How many book did you write ?

    • Hello Moira – I’ve published 9 books to date! I’ve actually written more, but they’re not published yet!

  22. Hi Sarah!
    My name is Flo. I am a KJH student. I love your books. You make me want to write books over and over again. I think your books are amazing.

    • Thanks Flo – what a lovely post! I’m so glad you are inspired to write books – I hope you’re entering my Clever Competition this week!

  23. HI sarah,i just want to ask,what chinese calender animal you are if you are born in 1975?

    • Hi Kaitlyn, If you were born in 1975, you’d be a Rabbit! Hop hop hop!

  24. Dear Sarah,
    Thank You for coming to our school in hong kong at AISHK. I really enjoyed your new book The Tale Of Pin Yin Panda!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Justin – I’m so glad you enjoyed my visit! I had a lot of fun too!

    • Thanks for writing Justin! I’m delighted that you enjoyed my visit – I had a lot of fun that day!

  25. Thank you Sarah Brennan for comming to Kingston International School, I like your book Chester Choi the most – I enjoyed your visit alot!

    • Thank you Eric! It was great to see you all and I really enjoyed our sessions! Keep up the great reading!

  26. dear sarah, thank u for coming to my school me and my friends loved you story, pin yi panda.

    P.S. You have a great expression

  27. Dear Sarah,
    i love your books! They are funny fabulous!!!

  28. Hi Sarah Brennan,
    When are you going to post your next competition, Competition no. 17?


  29. How old are you?

    • As old as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth, as my mum always said when I was a little girl and kept asking her what her age was!

  30. 37?

    • 40?

    • Not telling!

      • Not Fair!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Why we have to tell you our age and you don’t tell us?

      • Because life is unfair :)!

  31. Hi Sarah Brennan,
    Can you make the horse of your book next year called Hillary Horse?

    • Hello Hillary! Hmmm….I’d love to, except that I already have the name all figured out! It isn’t Hillary, but it is a fun one! You’ll have to wait and see!

  32. Hi Sarah Brennan,

    could you write a book about a sheep?

    • Hello Joyce! I’d love to write a book about a sheep/ram/goat – but you’ll have to wait till the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat in 2015 for it be published!! In the meantime though you can see just what my sheep will look like if you read The Tale of Pin Yin Panda where all the Zodiac Animals make an appearance!

  33. I AM A HORSE YIPPEE I AM POPULAR…..and talk to much…

  34. I am a sheep and it is true that I am shy and puzzled about my future life.

    • Hi Jaime – being shy and puzzled is just fine. Puzzlement is on the same side of the coin as wonderment, and happens to people who are real thinkers. So puzzle away…it’s a great way of spending your time!

  35. i was born two weeks early, and i was supposed to be born on jan.7 and be a sheep but i was’nt so i am a horse……….. YIPPEE!

    • Thanks Silam for letting us know! I love horses – they’re great fun!

  36. hi Sarah, Silam is my email but my real mane is Angel, sorry about that!

  37. somebody took a picture of me and added some things to make me a rabbit. But I am not.

  38. Dear Sarah Brennan, this is Kaitlyn Lam class 2-3.I listened for the whole story of Sybil Snake today.It was so hilarious when Sybil turned into a women!Did you know that my dad is also a rat!xoxo,Kaitlyn

    • Hello Kaitlyn, it’s lovely to hear from you! I”m glad you liked my Tale of Sybil Snake! Tell your dad that he’s in good company – I’m a Rat too!

      • My dad is a rat too!

  39. Hi Sarah Brennan,

    Thanks for your visit! Sybil Snake is an excellent tale. I will continue entering your competitions forever and try to get first place. When I heard you were coming I was so happy that I jumped up and down and said yay!

    • That’s great Hillary – the more you write the better you’ll get!

  40. my Dad’s a rat too!! 🙂

  41. woo iam a sheep and one of y best friends ARE a horse!

  42. my father is also a rat!

    • Rats Rule, that’s what I say! Thanks for writing Oceania!

  43. My father and brother are rats, too!

    • That’s a lot of rats in one family Jared! But being a rat myself, I think that your family is very fortunate!

  44. I am a monkey with good long-term memory but bad short-term memory.

    • Hmmm….you sound a lot like me too! I’m very good at remembering things that happened when I was younger, but not so good at remembering what I had for breakfast yesterday!

  45. Hi,
    I really really like books!!!!!! They are very funny.

  46. I am a monkey as you should know, but I’m sucessful at everything EXCEPT getting higher marks in English exams than the last!

    • Well Valerie it seems to me that you are probably very good at English already! But if you need to practice, take my advice – remember to read lots and lots of books in your leisure time!

  47. I love reading books!

  48. Hi I love reading your books they’re the best. You came to are school sj Malvern Australia and the last story about the dog that got lost was hilarious. I am a monkey in chinese zodiac

    • Hi Sarah – it’s great to hear from you! I’m so glad you enjoyed my How To Write a Riveting Story workshop and I do hope you’ll enter my Poetry Competition!

      • I definitely will

  49. Hi Sarah , Was wondering when your Next book about the year of the Goat will be available for Purchasing.

    • Hi Jeanette, thanks for getting in contact. My next book The Tale of Rodney Ram is in all the bookshops now so please do take a look! I notice that you have a WA address in Australia, so you can contact Dennis Jones and Associates in Melbourne who will be able to supply you or your local bookstore with all the copies of my books you need. Do keep in contact, and feel free to write to me at my email contact address enquiries@auspicioustimes.com if you’d like to correspond directly. All the best, Sarah

  50. hi Sarah I really love your books I am the year of the dog 2006 I don’t think you wrote the book about it yet but I am really looking forward to reading it. I think it would be suburb just like all your other books… Chester Choi, Temujin, Sybil Snake, A Dark Horse, Run Run Rat, Oswald Ox and Rhonda Rabbit. That is not the order but they all are really amazing. Thanks Sarah Brennan!
    From Sarah Gaskin L.E.P.S MY SCHOOL

    • Hi Sarah – thanks for your very lovely comments! I’ll be writing my Dog book ready for 2018 which is a bit of a way off, though you can see what the Dog will look like if you take a look at The Tale of Pin Yin Panda! Keep on reading lots of lovely books :)!

    • Hi Sarah , again enjoying the new story on Rodney the Ram. I am using it already with my Yr 3’s and picking up on all the values education one can garner from the story. Looking forward till the very last one story you write as that will be the year I retire from teaching art.
      5 more years.
      Regards Jeanette Rengel.

  51. Thanks for coming to cranbrook remember me? Toby!

    • It was a great pleasure Toby, and of course I remember you!

  52. I am a DOG!!

    • That’s a great sign to be Imogen – congratulations!

  53. Hello Sarah Brennan, I am from Discovery College. My name is Akshat in yr5. I am born in the year of the dog. I really liked your talk.

  54. I AM A PIG

    • Danae, the Pig is one of the nicest signs in the Zodiac! Go Pigs!

  55. Can’t wait for the next book about the rooster .

    • Thanks Jeanette – believe me, the Rooster is currently cooking!

  56. […] Which Zodiac Animal are You? | Sarah Brennan Funny … – So here’s a handy reference so you can work out what animal you are in the Chinese zodiac! … HI sarah,i just want to ask,what chinese calender animal you are if you … […]

  57. I am the year of the goat . But my new great nephew just born is a monkey and I was so lucky to walk into a shop at the hospital and on the top shelf was a blue monkey with long arms . His mum is Singaporean so the Chinese culture is important.

  58. Hello ! I am Bernice ! I am from Renaissance College . A school you just visited on Tuesday , March 6 . I am Oswald Ox . I am born on 2008 !!

    • Hi Bernice! It’s lovely to hear from you! Thanks for writing!

  59. Hi! I am Julia!I am in beacon hill school. The school you visited on Monday January 28th. I am Rhonda Rabbit. I was born in 2011!! Thanks for coming to my school and reading that awesome book to me and my friends!!!!!

  60. […] Which Zodiac Animal are You? […]

  61. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you for reading to us.

  62. Thanks for reading to us!(incase the first message was gone)

  63. Thanks for telling me my animal

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