The story goes: An ancient emperor invited all the animals to a legendary race across the river. The first 12 animals to complete the race would have a permanent place in the calendar as a prize. Every animal represents one year of the 12-year cycle based on the Asian zodiac. The year the person is born determines their animal sign. 

You’ve likely heard reference to someone born in the “Year of the Rabbit” or “Year of the Dog”. Each animal is known to have certain traits and characteristics that describe the person’s personality and destiny. Listed below are the traits of the 12 Little Wonders.

Our 12 Little Wonders key chains are small reminders of what animal we represent, and thus, what special personalities you and your family individually carry.


Born: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Quick witted, clever and charming, it’s no wonder the mouse came in first place for the race. They are sharp, funny, and are known to have a loyal group of friends. With ever-curious minds, they are often motivated by greed and always open to challenges


Born: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The ox is known to have come in second place because of its determination, detail-oriented and hard working nature. They are kind, reliable and yet stubborn in their beliefs. At times of feeling lonely, they enjoy companionship from family and friends.


Born: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Ready to pounce at any time, the tiger is full of passion, ambition, courage and have strong leadership qualities. Their authoritative traits can naturally make them highly seductive and self-possessed, but they are also charming and warm-hearted.


Born: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Popular, compassionate and sincere, rabbits love being surrounded by friends and family. Rabbits enjoy entertainment and companionship under comfortable surroundings. Their calm, peace-loving nature often makes them avoid risks and conflict.


Born: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

One of the more powerful animal signs in the calendar, the Dragon is known to be highly energetic, fearless and warm-hearted. Their charismatic qualities make them natural leaders and lovers, and can often be self-centered.


Born: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Known to have come sixth place by scaring the horse, the snake is intelligent, seductive, sociable and charming. At times they enjoy risks and danger, but are known to be smart with money and at making immediate decisions.


Born: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Highly energetic, independent and witty, those born in the year of the horse like to roam free. Their curious mind makes them passionate travelers and explorers, but is often seen as wanderers. The horse is also prone to easily fall in love.


Born: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Their kind, peace-loving traits makes the sheep natural nurturers. They are highly creative and enjoy being alone in thought, which often make them anxious. As much as they like to offer, the Sheep in return need lots of love and support from family and friends.


Born: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Those born in the year of the Monkey thrive on having fun. Their positive and cheerful energy make them very sociable and pleasant to be around. They enjoy being active and stimulated, and often find long term commitments challenging because of lack of determination.


Born: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Reliable, honest and trustworthy, Roosters are good at listening and keeping promises. By being natural observers, they are knowledgeable and resourceful. They are also neat and organized, and can often come across as being perfectionists.


Born: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

The dog is known to be loyal, faithful and honest, but at times found guilty of telling white lies. Their sensitive trait makes them warm-hearted and compassionate but also prone to mood swings. It is also known for Dogs to excel in business and be consistent with their commitment.


Born: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Last but not least, the pig is known to have come last place because it chose to enjoy the scenery of the river and feast in the middle of the race. Their well-mannered and thoughtful behaviors make them popular companions. They’re intelligent and seek knowledge, and can often be prideful in their talents.