Ox - Personality and Characteristics


Tough, honest, faithful…

Most people with Chinese zodiac Ox sign hold conservative and traditionalistic personalities. They impress people with an image of endurance, honesty and diligence. They seldom fear for any hardships or difficulties. They are persistent but stubborn, cautious but hesitant, moody and quick-tempered. Napoleon was typical in many ways but with certain very noticeable failings with the sign of the Ox.


Persistent, cautious, patient…


Ox personality is slow in action, but quite persistent. Once they make decisions, they will hold on straight to the end. Cautious and careful, before taking actions, they will take a long time for consideration. Stability is another characteristic in their personality, for they are hardly ever affected by the environment changes and others’ judgment. With strong faith and willpower, they can always realize their goals. Honest and patient, they are reliable companions and friends. Besides, they are independent and industrious, which makes them to achieve something easily. When handling cases, they can arrange everything orderly. They give much care and attention to family, being filial to parents and tender to brothers and sisters. They are peace lovers, and treat people equally.


Stubborn, tardy, fractious…


One of the weaknesses of Ox Chinese zodiac personality is their stubbornness, for they can hardly change their minds to accept the advice of others. They usually do things based on their own slow pace. The lack of efficiency will result in an average outcome. They seem to be moody, actually fractious, obstructive and irritable. Due to their characteristic stiffness, they cannot react correctly according to outside changes. Remaining in a passive situation, they are tending to be loose and clumsy. In relationships, they have no sense of romance and no skill to please their lovers. Their speech is also blunt; they can be unaccustomed to speaking in public, which will make them quite nervous.


Stably rising, obtainable higher position…


Oxen's career develops stably and smoothly. With persistence and willpower, they can remain highly-spirited in a tough situation which enables them to reap success. By remaining in the same occupation long term, they are likely to get promotion and a handsome salary; as their capability will be recognized by colleagues and bosses alike. If starting a business, their talent will be used to the full. All in all, they can accomplish something by their hard work. However, they need to be aware of others’ jealousy, and learn to be more flexible in response to these disadvantages.


 Best Jobs for Oxen

They are sensitive, emotional, tender and merciful in Ox personality, and full of instinct. They do poorly in work related to logics and science, and they find it hard to work in a noisy environment or somewhere with strict rules. They are born with a sense of art in nature, so jobs related to art, literature, and design are good for them.

Suitable Jobs: doctor, lawyer, writer, teacher, socialist, entrepreneur, or office assistant

 See more about
Ox's Best Jobs and Working Partners
Ox's Best Business and Career Fields


Well-to-do life, weak awareness of money…


In Oxen's lifetime, their economic status is good, and most of the income is from hard working. They can hardly become tycoon or make a fortune in a short time. They may have some savings, which supports them to lead a well-to-do life. Actually, they have weak awareness in money matters, and they are inclined to form a habit of over-spending. Expenditure outweighs the income, and they sometimes suffer from financial shortage. They should never show up in a casino, for they have no luck in gambling.

Love and Relationships

Conservative, faithful, suspicious…


As it mentioned before, oxen are a group of people who lack romance, so people falling in love with them seldom get surprises. They are also awkward with words, and not good at flirting. Seeming to be cool and indifferent, they have an ardent inner side. When coming across the people they admire, they will get actively close to them. Their efforts in love will be not in vain, and they usually hope their partner feels the same way as they do in return. The problems of relationships usually come from their over tenderness to the opposite sex and suspicion about the other's loyalty.

Best Matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster
Bad Matches: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep

* See Love Compatibility of Ox, to know more about their compatible zodiac animals, what they are like in love, and how to get along with them.


Stomach disease, light diet…


Their spleen functions well, helping to digest food and arouse the appetite. If they can go on a diet and control their excessive desire for food, they will live a long life and maintain a dynamic condition. However, there will be some stomach problems. If they eat a lot of greasy, sour and sweet food, they may produce an excess of saliva, which may give rise to other diseases. They are recommended to keep to a light diet and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.

- Last modified on Dec. 18, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Ox\s Personality and Characteristics
Asked by Bree from USA | Feb. 12, 2021 18:36Reply
Do I even exist ? Help
My birthday is Jan 19,1997 I seem to fall not in a category I’m a cusp of Capricorn/Aquarius can I be rat cusp ox ?? Idk I need help I struggle brutally with mental illness & relationships are always with some kind of narcissist, my life feels like it’s repeating each year
Answers (5)
Answered by Kim Demetri | Feb. 17, 2021 15:59

You are a fire ox! I hope this helps you get to know your self and value all your unique personality and characteristics!
Answered by Someone | Mar. 22, 2021 13:30

Hi Bree, i was born on Jan 19 also. I struggled with deppression when i was younger. Good diet and exercise, getting enough sleep and sunshine helped me. I talk to friends and family too. I hope this can help you
Answered by Hari Atma Khalsa | Sep. 07, 2021 17:26

Depression can be linked to many different things, ie like a health issue, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, etc. Exercise is important. Do you ever reach out to others just for friendship? There are many ways to increase happiness. It takes effort...
Answered by helena | Dec. 18, 2021 05:34

I'm sorry but you are a rat! Not an ox!
Answered by Jacob A. | Jun. 15, 2022 21:31

Actually it would be a fire rat because it's January 19th so it would still be 1996 for the lunar calendar
Asked by Nubia from USA | Feb. 10, 2021 08:39Reply
Am I a tiger or an Ox?
I was born on Jan 13 1986 but my Chinese zodiac says that I am an Ox which is 1985 . I thought those who were born in 1985 were ox? I thought I was a tiger according to the year I was born?
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Answered by Nico | Feb. 11, 2021 14:53

There is an animal representing each year, but the “year” is defined by Chinese lunar calendar, not the Gregorian year you are familiar with from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. The dates of Chinese Lunar New Year vary every year, but will fall on a day in January or February. February 19, 1985 – February 8, 1986 is considered a Wood Ox. The wood is just the element you are. I am also an Ox but a fire Ox.
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