The Chinese animal zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal. These animals are associated by the year you were born (see chart). It also reflects best compatible for friendship and love (see compatibility chart). Brass heart animal pendant comes on an 18" brass chain.