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The Rooster Personality

Portrait of a Rooster Personality

Roosters are those talented, creative, but somewhat eccentric people who make life interesting for the rest of us. Their bird-like minds are always on the lookout for stimulation and roosters display the characteristically high-energy behavior of their species. They are artistic, creative and sophisticated, with a thorough knowledge of fine wines, cooking, writing, theater and painting.

Roosters exhibit a decided theatrical streak as they strut their stuff in the latest fashions. Craving attention, their show-off attitude sometimes generates criticism from those close to them, and the need to be the center of attention permeates every aspect of their busy life. When it comes to clothes, furniture and cars they only purchase the highest quality items and their excessive spending can land them in financial disarray.

The Rooster is One Blunt Bird

The rooster's active mind is always working on a way to create more drama in its life. Offsetting a feisty and competitive nature is a secretive and aloof side that manifests itself when it feels insecure. And yet, a rooster is a solid friend. Their blunt approach, while sometimes hurtful and tactless, can always be counted on to be honest and frank.

Roosters are in big demand at parties. With a witty repartee and an ability to mix easily, they flirt shamelessly while reveling in the glow of the spot-light. Concerned about how they are perceived by others, they are only happy if people are talking to or about them.

The Rooster Personality's Career Approach

Subscribing to the early bird maxim, roosters rise a little earlier than their competition and could even be accused of having their fingers in too many pies. The world is so fascinating to the rooster that settling down into any one career would be impossibly constricting. Unfortunately, their earning potential can suffer in a competitive world that rewards specialization. But roosters will succeed when they choose a career that presents a variety of challenges, such as medicine, publishing, journalism or acting.

As a salesperson, a rooster is without equal and can sell anything from real estate to used cars. A hard worker with a keen eye for detail, its creativity and dedication make it a wonderful employee. As a manager or business owner, however, a rooster is finicky and picky and tends to alienate subordinates with unrelenting enthusiasm. It is also not a particularly strong team player, and the perceived self-absorbed and sanctimonious attitude breeds resentment.

Roosters in the Wild

Although it is uncertain when the domestication of the jungle fowl took place, it is generally thought to have happened around 2500 B.C. in Asia. In the 1920s, observation of roosters and chickens led to the discovery of the pecking order, in which the most dominant bird will peck any other bird without being pecked back. The second most dominant bird also pecks others without reprisal, except for the most dominant. This hierarchy continues until the least dominant bird is pecked by all.

Although this kind of social structure exists in most mammalian societies, including our own, it is still referred to as the pecking order because of its initial discovery in chickens.

Careers & Hobbies

Insurance agent
Eating out

Love & Friendship

There's a touch of glamour in everything the rooster does -- for settling for less would be exasperating to the rooster's essence. Why take the train if you can fly? This philosophy pervades its personal life, for the rooster proves to be a perfectionist in the bedroom too.

Of course, roosters are not above crowing a little, if they feel that their efforts have gone unnoticed. But in the long run, partners have few complaints holding their rooster lover in the highest regard as paramour.

It would be tempting to describe the rooster's mate as being henpecked. Instead, a subtle and complex give-and-take defines this relationship. What the rooster demands with its attention-seeking behavior, it gives back by being an enthusiastic and supportive mate.

Roosters do not attract the shy retiring type and a relationship with this confident bird requires a thick skin and a love of the spotlight. Other bird personalities --particularly peacocks, eagles, and swans instantly connect with its brash personality, while spiritually minded elephants, bats, and owls find it to be irreverent and impertinent.

Best Mates for a Rooster





A match made in heaven


Feathers will definitely fly



A mutual admiration society


A good-looking couple



Sea Lion


A rambunctious duo




A glittery affair

Animal Matchmaker

Use the Animal Matchmaker to see how the Rooster gets along with any other animal personality (including itself). Choose one from the list below and click "Make a match".

Portrait of a Tiger Personality

Famous Rooster Personalities

PT Barnum

Portrait of PT Barnum

When you're the loudest rooster on the farm, you get attention. And no one crowed harder than PT Barnum who was the epitome of a rooster personality.

Dennis Rodman

Portrait of Dennis Rodman

If you let it all hang out, aren't afraid to crow about your achievements and adorn yourself with tattoos and jewelry, chances are you're a rooster personality.


Portrait of Prince

Prince -- especially on stage -- wasn't afraid to strut his rooster personality and use color and plumage to drive the point home.