Chinese Zodiac Marriage Match Chart: Find Your Ideal Match

Our chart shows you how each Chinese zodiac sign pairs with all the others, from easy-going relationships to super challenging ones.

Updated June 5, 2024
Chinese Zodiac Signs

Chinese zodiac marriage combinations are similar to Western astrological combos. For the Chinese, compatibility in marriage is important. Checking zodiac combinations is a good starting place. You can determine if the couple has any astrological aspects in common or if their signs are incompatible.

Compatible and Incompatible Signs

In the modern interpretation of Chinese zodiac compatibility combinations, you'll find that compatibility charts typically match the signs either by groupings of twos or threes, with one group being compatible and the other incompatible. While this makes for very easy understanding and is a great way to approach Chinese astrology and compatibility, there is another way to designate the signs that are compatible. Many of the non-paired signs fall into various levels of compatibility.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart

Below is a chart based on the ancient division of compatibility, which is divided into four distinct categories. You'll notice some categories have only one match while others may have several matches for a single category. While this method is more difficult to remember or memorize, it tends to be more accurate and takes into account that all things are not always equal in the human equation.

Chinese Zodiac Signs Compatibility Chart
Animal Ideal Good Difficult Worst
Rat Rat
Ox
Pig
Dragon
Monkey
Tiger
Snake
Ram
Rooster
Rabbit
Horse
Dog
Ox Monkey
Snake
Rat
Ox
Rooster
Rabbit
Dragon
Ram
Dog
Pig
Tiger
Horse
Tiger Horse
Dog
Pig
Rat Tiger
Dragon
Snake
Rooster
Rabbit
Ram
Monkey
Ox
Rabbit Dragon
Pig
Ram
Rabbit
Snake
Ox
Dog
Monkey
Horse
Rooster
Rat
Tiger
Dragon Snake
Ram
Monkey
Rabbit
Pig
Rooster
Rat
Horse
Dog
Ox
Tiger
Dragon
Snake Rooster
Dragon
Ox
Rabbit Snake
Tiger
Horse
Ram
Monkey
Rat
Dog
Pig
Horse Ram
Dog
Tiger
Dragon Horse
Rooster
Pig
Rabbit
Snake
Monkey
Rat
Ox
Ram Rabbit
Pig
Dragon
Horse
Monkey Ram
Rat
Ox
Snake
Rooster
Dog
Tiger
Monkey Dragon
Ox
Monkey
Rat
Rabbit
Ram
Rooster
Dog
Pig
Snake
Tiger
Horse
Rooster Pig
Snake
Ox
Dragon
Dog
Rat
Tiger
Rabbit
Horse
Monkey
Rooster, Ram
Dog Pig
Tiger
Horse
Rabbit Dog
Ox
Dragon
Monkey
Rooster
Rat
Snake
Ram
Pig Pig
Rat
Ram
Rabbit
Tiger
Rooster
Dog
Dragon Ox
Horse
Monkey
Snake

Rat Compatibility

The rat is determined and ambitious. Rats tend to not have lasting friendships. Their ideal matches are fellow Rats, Ox, and Pigs, and their worst matches are Rabbits, Horses, and Dogs.

Ox Compatibility

Ox make great parents, and they have inspiring personalities. They do tend to be introverted loners. Their best matches are Monkey, Snake, and Rat. Worst matches include Tiger and Horse.

Tiger Compatibility

Tiger is brave, aggressive, and caring. Their best matches are Horse, Dog, and Pig, and their worst matches are Rabbit, Ram, Monkey, and Ox.

Rabbit Compatibility

Rabbits are lucky, shy, and affectionate. Their best matches are Dragon, Pig, and Ram, and their worst matches are rat and tiger.

Dragon Compatibility

Dragons are robust, enthusiastic, and passionate. They make great matches with Snake, Ram, Monkey, and Rabbit, and their worst matches are fellow Dragons. 

Snake Compatibility

Snakes are hard workers, friendly, and calm. Their best matches are Rooster, Dragon, and Ox. Their most challenging matches include Dog and Pig.

Horse Compatibility

Horses are goal-oriented, objective, and have a great sense of humor. Best matches are Ram, Dog, and Tiger, while most challenging matches include Monkey, Rat, and Ox.

Ram Compatibility

Rams are artistic homebodies who are also social. Most-compatible matches include Rabbit, Pig, Dragon, and Horse while least-compatible matches include Rooster, Dog, and Tiger.

Monkey Compatibility

Monkeys are curious and playful pranksters. Their best matches are Dragon and Ox, and their worst are Tiger and Horse. 

Rooster Compatibility

Roosters are ambitious multitaskers who expect a lot from others. Their best matches include Pig and Snake, while their most challenging are Ram and fellow Roosters.

Dog Compatibility

Dogs are leaders who are loyal and honest. Their best matches are Pig, Tiger, and Horse, while their worst include Rat, Snake, and Ram.

Pig Compatibility

Pigs are leaders and planners who have a strong focus on family. Their best matches include Pig, Rat, Ram, Rabbit, Tiger, Rooster, and Dog while their most challenging match is Snake.

Related: 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

How to Use the Chinese Zodiac Marriage Match Chart

Focus on Chinese Zodiac Signs in candle box

A good match has a blance of yin and yang between partners. You can use the above chart by first exploring your ideal match in your search for the best compatibility in a marriage partner. These tend to have a proven track record for good and enduring marriages.

The next section reveals possible good matches for your sign. A good match might not be the ideal or perfect match, but it also has a good track record for a long-lasting and happy marriage. The couple might not be as yin and yang as the ideal matches but are still a good balance of chi energy.

The other two categories of difficult match and worst match are self-explanatory. While you should never count any pairing out, these relationships can be more challenging. 

Examples of Ideal Matches

These few examples of ideal matches show how the chart can help you determine if a Chinese zodiac sign is the marriage match you need. Look at the different characteristics of each sign and see how they can complement the other. You may need to read between the lines to see exactly how these sign can fit together to create an ideal marriage.

The Most Compatible Sign: Pig

You'll notice that out of all the signs, the Pig seems to be most compatible with the other signs. This is because the pig tends to be a very generous sign, sometimes to a fault, making it one of the most eligible signs for a marriage match. The pig is also loyal and very accepting of others and life in general, making the person born under this sign someone who can easily get along with most people. There's no competitiveness in the pig, and the ego has little control over the pig's heart. This lack of aggressiveness, however, can turn the pig into a doormat if matched with the wrong sign. There's also a tendency to be rather naive and vulnerable to those who would take advantage of the pig's good nature.

Rat and Ox Marriage Match

The Rat and Ox marriage will be a yin and yang relationship. The Rat isn't used to long-term relationships, so it will be an adjustment, but the Ox isn't clingy and enjoys alone time and won't be dependent on the Rat for constant affection. The Rat is a good breadwinner, while the Ox enjoys being a parent and excels in this role. This combination will allow each person to do their own thing without the other feeling neglected. All in all, it is a well-balanced relationship.

Horse and Dog Marriage Match

The Dog and Horse marriage will prosper since the Dog is loyal and honest and is a natural leader. These qualities are ones the powerful Horse can respect. The Horse is goal-oriented, and the Dog will find its mate to always be fair. The Horse is able to understand points of view that may differ from those they hold. This bodes well for the Dog. The Horse also has a great sense of humor, and that trait is often needed in any relationship.

Ox and Monkey Marriage Match

A known loner yet a wonderful parent, the Ox is a good match for the Monkey, who's known for childlike tendencies, such as being playful and very curious. The Ox will find these qualities endearing, and the Monkey will enjoy the Ox's attention and appreciation. Both are great with kids, and they will share the joy of raising their children together.

Rooster and Snake Marriage Match

The Rooster is a great multi-tasker and is cool in during a crisis. The Rooster has ambitions, and this trait is greatly appreciated by the hard-working Snake. When the Rooster becomes nervous and expectant, the Snake knows how to diffuse that anxiety, making them the yin and yang needed in any marriage.

Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations Examined

These ancient guidelines can help you in choosing a mate based on the Chinese zodiac. Understanding the animal signs can help you recognize which make great Chinese zodiac marriage combinations and which ones make more challenging partners when paired.

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