15 Characteristics of People Born in the Year of the Pig

February 2, 2019 by Steven M. Peters

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The Pig is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac that represent a person’s characteristics based on birth year. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, as were 935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.

The Chinese zodiac signs correspond to the Lunar calendar and begin with the new year, on February 5, 2019, and last until January 24, 2020. Not only does each birth year correspond to an animal, but in Chinese element theory each sign is also associated with one of the five elements and can further determine a person’s traits.

Pigs additionally have more specific characteristics associated with them based on gender, blood type, and birth month, date and time period. Time of birth can even determine how lucky a person will be in life.

What all Pigs have in common is their honesty, generosity and forgiving nature. These traits can also make them naive and easily taken advantage of. And, like a real-life pig, they are known to be lazy and over-indulgent.

To identify the characteristics of people born in the Chinese Year of the Pig, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of internet sources. We also researched the various customs and beliefs associated with the Chinese zodiac.

Click here to read about the good, bad and lucky traits of those born in the Year of the Pig.

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1. Compassionate and Generous

Described as warmhearted, compassionate and kind, people born in the Year of the Pig are known as givers. Though they delight in helping others, they can sometimes give too much. They will never refuse to lend a helping hand to those in need, and rarely seek assistance themselves. Although they can be materialistic and overindulgent, they don’t hesitate to share what they have. Other positive attributes associated with Pigs are honesty, forgiveness, cheerfulness and optimism.

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2. Patient and Tolerant

The Pigs’ positive traits continue with patience and tolerance. Calm when facing problems, they are not afraid of difficulties and try to work them out gradually. Their patience and tolerance make them great teachers. Their integrity, talents in the arts, warmheartedness and thirst for knowledge also make them suitable for jobs in science, creative fields, charity work or as healthcare providers.

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3. Diligent and Goal-oriented

Pigs are detail-oriented and goal-oriented — traits that are also helpful in their careers. They are not afraid to take on responsibility and are determined to finish what they start. These hard workers, however, are not good at planning or making concrete goals, which can get in the way of efficiency. It’s best for them to make a schedule.

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4. Loyal

Pigs are known for their wide circle of friends and the high value they put on friendship. It’s not until they become your friend can their true attributes be appreciated. Their zest for life, loyalty and generosity make them great friends. Though they will never betray their friends, they may not have many loyal ones in return.

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5. Romantic

Described as romantic, supportive, giving, and faithful, those born in the Year of the Pig make ideal partners — though not for every sign in the Chinese zodiac. They are best matched with Tigers, Rabbits and Sheep; and should stay away from Snakes and Monkeys.

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6. Lazy and Overindulgent

People born in Pig years can be viewed as lazy and overindulgent, just like the animal. They are said to be less concerned with an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits, which can cause weight gain. Excessive drinking and smoking can contribute to further health problems. They also tend to overindulge in fun and pleasure, as they are social creatures.

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7. Short-tempered

Pigs tend to avoid arguments. They can forgive easily and quickly shrug off insults from others. But their short temper and poor communication skills can get them in trouble. Pigs are not known for their diplomacy when they lose their tempers, but in the end they will try to do what is necessary to avoid conflict and maintain peace.

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8. Mo Money Mo Problems

Pigs may attract wealth, but they are not good at managing their finances. Combined with their tendency to overindulge, this can especially become a problem as Pigs approach their golden years. They do, however, know how to find a good deal.

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9. Naive and Easily Fooled

Pigs should avoid finance-related work not only because they are bad at money management, but also because they are easily deceived. This Chinese zodiac sign is described as naive and gullible. Their optimism, generosity, honesty, and compassion make them easy to take advantage of, and it can be difficult for Pigs to say no.

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10. Male Pigs

Male Pigs overall have a good reputation, particularly for their lightheartedness. They’re also considered reliable and supportive, and unlike the animal, hardworking. One of their flaws is their arrogance, which can hinder their goals. Though they can appear upbeat and open to suggestions, deep down male Pigs are stubborn and don’t like to change their minds. In relationships, ignorance is sometimes bliss for them, but in the end is bad for true growth.

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11. Female Pigs

Female Pigs are known for their frankness, honesty and sincerity. Though they are easy going and full of positive energy, they are both emotional and good at hiding what they are really feeling. However, they have high self-esteem and are careful to avoid doing things they may regret later. These warm-hearted women are all about helping others, which fills them with happiness and meaning. Their weaknesses come from their need for a simple life. Their overly simplistic approach to life and their impatience can get in the way of goal-oriented work. Female pigs tend to be more traditional and less open-minded, which can also be a career obstacle.

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12. Elements

Not only does each birth year correspond to an animal sign in the Chinese zodiac, but in Chinese element theory each sign is also associated with one of the five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are further decided by this combination. Each element and Chinese zodiac animal combination appears every 60 years, with 2019 as an Earth Pig year.

The Earth Pig, which also has a birth year of 1959, is thought to be communicative, popular among their friends and punctual. They value family. Though they are planners, they prefer not to be leaders.

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13. Blood Type

Pigs can have even more specific characteristics associated with them depending on blood type. Those with blood type O are considered brave, independent, and enthusiastic. Blood type A pigs are honest, straightforward, and optimistic. Reliable and responsible, they are good at helping friends, but sometimes fail to grasp main points and are described as simple-minded. Pigs who are blood type B are full of vitality but not sociable. They can also be bold and aggressive. Those with blood type AB are born leaders and responsible workers. These Pigs like to handle every aspect of life in their own way and are not easily influenced.

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14. Birth Month

A Pig’s destiny is further determined by birth month. The luckiest birth months for Pigs are January, February, April, September, and November. Each month, which corresponds to the Chinese Lunar calendar, also has specific personalities assigned to it for Pigs.

January Pigs are the luckiest and are expected to have long, healthy and happy lives. February Pigs are supposed to be talented and vigorous and are predicted to have dignified and healthy lives. Pigs with an April birth month are known as clever, talented and honest. These fast thinkers should have comfortable, happy lives. Pigs born in September will have an abundance of food and clothing and should live leisurely, worry-free lives, but they will need to exercise to ensure good health. November pigs are supposed to be smart, easy going, honest, and sincere. They should live worry-free, secure, and happy lives.

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15. Birth Date and Time

A Pig’s date of birth, and even the time they were born, can determine their fate. Pigs born on the 4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 17th, 24th, 29th, or the 30th day of the month will be lucky their entire lives. The time of birth can also signify different destinies, as well as varying characteristics. The most promising birth times for Pigs are 5 to 7 a.m.; 3 to 5 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. This last time period is considered the Pig Time/Hai Period (a two-hour span corresponds to each sign in the Chinese zodiac). Pigs born in the morning are generally characterized as brave but reckless; at noon as having a fighting spirit; and in the evening as confident.