Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

There are twelve zodiacal animal signs in Chinese calendar and people born under each animal sign have different characteristics and personalities. It is possible to check details and compatibilities to gain guidance in life, for love or marriage. In fact, the zodiac compatibility can offer guidance for any relationship.


Which Chinese zodiac signs are compatible?

According to Chinese astrology compatibility, the animal signs that are four years apart from each other are believed to be compatible but are incompatible if they are six years apart. You can have a Chinese zodiac compatibility test between you and your partner through Chinese zodiac compatibility calculator; and the following Chinese zodiac compatibility chart is designed to help people find their Chinese horoscope compatibilities or love compatibilities before starting a relationship.


Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart

Animal Sign Best Match Just So-so Worst Match
Rat Ox, Dragon, Monkey Rat, Tiger Horse, Rooster
Ox Rat, Snake, Rooster Ox, Monkey Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep
Tiger Dragon, Horse, Pig Rat, Rabbit Ox, Tiger, Snake, Monkey
Rabbit Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse Snake, Rooster
Dragon Rooster, Rat, Monkey Rabbit, Horse Ox, Sheep, Dog
Snake Dragon, Rooster Dog Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig
Horse Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit Rabbit, Dragon, Monkey, Dog Rat, Ox, Rooster, Horse
Sheep Horse, Rabbit, Pig Rooster Ox, Tiger, Dog
Monkey Ox, Rabbit Horse, Rooster Tiger, Pig
Rooster Ox, Snake Sheep, Monkey, Pig Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog
Dog Rabbit Ox, Snake, Horse, Dog Dragon, Sheep, Rooster
Pig Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep Rooster Snake, Monkey


12 Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart
12 Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart

Four Groups

The twelve animal signs can be divided into four groups of three. The groups are based on the surmise that each of the three animals concerned have similar ways of thinking or temperament, or at least the style of thinking and understanding.

 Group One: Rat, Dragon, Monkey
They are action oriented and show traits of intelligence. They can complement in intellect and are compatible with each other.
 Group Two: Ox, Snake, Rooster
They are deep thinkers and always conscious about attaining their objectives. They are complementary to each other in intellect and habits.
 Group Three: Tiger, Horse, Dog
They incline to freedom and have strong sense of personal ego. They can understand each other but sometimes are egoistical.
 Group Four: Rabbit, Sheep, Pig
They love peace and believe in mutual co-operation. They can be sympathetic and usually make great pairs.


Zodiac and Ying Yang / Wu Xing

Chinese Zodiac Chart

As part of Chinese astrology, Chinese zodiac animal signs are also related to the Ying Yang and Wu Xing (the Five Elements) theories. They are opposite but also supporting and generating to the other. One can realize personal shortcomings and learn from the positive attitudes of others as a complement.

 Compatible Signs:
Starting from one's own sign as number one, the fifth signs either counted clockwise or anti-clockwise are the most compatible. If it is Ox sign, Rooster and Snake are the most compatible signs with Ox. This is the same as saying that the animal signs that are four years apart from each other are believed to be compatible.

 Either Compatible or Incompatible:
The signs which are directly opposite to each other (i.e., 6 years apart) can not see eye to eye with each other but their relationship can be fine if the older yields to the younger one. For example, Rat and Horse. 

 Incompatible Combination:
Starting from one's own sign as number one, the fourth signs either counted clockwise or anti-clockwise are very likely to be the non-compatible ones, i.e., they are three years apart. For example, Rat vs Rabbit and Rooster. 

 See Detailed Love Compatibilities of Different Chinese Animal Signs:

 Further Reading:
 Chinese Zodiac Calculator 

 Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth)

 Chinese Zodiac Time

 Chinese Zodiac Years Chart

 Tai Sui

- Last modified on Nov. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac Compatibility
Asked by Ivo Fodor from MALAYSIA | Nov. 19, 2019 08:29Reply
Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart (the one with symbols) shows RABBIT to be very good match for me (RAT). Not so the the Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart (table). What's going on???
Asked by Rosanna M Gomez from ESTADOS UNIDOS | Nov. 18, 2019 10:05Reply
Im a 46 year old ox am I compatible with a male rabbit 44
Answers (1)
Answered by Juliana from FINLAND | Nov. 18, 2019 19:28

You can become a good match. You will listen to each other and mend your erroneous ways. You are good communicators as well. Thus don't worry.
Asked by Tony Cahilog from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 18, 2019 03:58Reply
I am confused . I was born January 7, 1968. I was told My zodiac sign is A Monkey
I am confused. I was born January 7, 1968. I Was told my zodiac sign is a Monkey because 1968 is year of the monkey. But when i search my birthday, my zodiac sign is sheep. But sheep is 1967 not 1968. Pleas enlighten me. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Ruth from USA | Nov. 18, 2019 13:19

The Year of the Monkey does not start on Jan 1 but on Jan 30, 1968. Since you are born Jan 7th, your Chinese Zodiac is the sign before which is Sheep.
Asked by H from INDONESIA | Nov. 17, 2019 04:21Reply
Metal horse couple plan 2nd child next year (Rat)?
We are metal horse couple (1990). We already have 1 son (born 2018, dog year). We plan to have 2nd child next year but it said that horse is not good match with Rat? What can we do?
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Answered by Eva from DENMARK | Nov. 18, 2019 19:29

Well, sometimes, the Chinese zodiac compatibility index refers to the love relationship. You don't need to worry so much. :)
Asked by Julia from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 15, 2019 15:58Reply
An earth tiger woman (15/1/1999) and a fire ox man (28/11/1997) hopelessly in love.
Is there any chance for a successful relationship? A sagittarius and capricorn match doesn't look too good on the western side either...
Answers (1)
Answered by Keira from UKRAINE | Nov. 18, 2019 19:34

Hi, Julia, there will still have chances to improve the love relationship. Showing more understanding and patience in daily life. On weekends, you can have more outdoor activities with partner. Both of them need to have more confidence about this relationship.
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