Zodiac signs as dogs: which pups fit your personality?
Dogs are precious creatures that give us infinite love and loyalty. They also have unique physical, emotional, and intellectual traits. Curly haired dogs have wonderful ringlets in their coats, calm dogs tend to have easygoing personalities, and there are even dogs that get along with cats—but did you know there are certain dog breeds that are most compatible with specific zodiac signs?
If you’re planning on adopting a dog soon and are in tune with your zodiac sign, it’s only fitting to learn what kind of dog breed best fits your personality and your home. Each sign has different defining traits, so it’s best to examine the zodiac signs as dogs for compatibility. Animal activist and ambassador for the American Humane Society, Jean Shafiroff, has a simple answer to this question: “They need to get along,” she says, “and that can happen over time, but they have to have an understanding of one another. Generally, people like other people that are similar [to themselves] and that goes for animals, too. They like animals that they can relate to.” If you’re looking for a little BFF, check out the most loyal dog breeds that will always stay by your side.
Let’s take a look at which cute dog breeds are most compatible with your zodiac sign—matches truly written in the stars!
Aries: German Shepherd
Aries is a very headstrong sign that also possesses tremendous leadership qualities. Therefore, an Aries would likely prefer a dog breed that reflects these characteristics and is able to follow their lead. Such breeds, according to Shafiroff, include but are not limited to German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, and Weimaraner. Fun fact: the Weimaraner is also one of the fastest dog breeds in the world.
Taurus is a loyal and reliable sign that prefers the finer things in life. While finding a dog breed that is loyal is a relatively simple task, there are certain dog breeds that are considered more regal. Shafiroff recommends breeds such as Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Great Dane (one of the biggest dog breeds out there) for this sign.
Gemini: Bichon Frise
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Some people are best suited to calm dogs while others are more comfortable around dogs that are full of energy and curiosity. Gemini would likely prefer the latter kind of dog, as people under this sign are themselves curious and love loves to try new things. Some dog breeds that share this spirit include Bearded Collie, Bichon Frise, and Portuguese Water Dog. These highly active and energetic dogs will always be ready for a new adventure. Don’t forget to check out what some of the cutest white dog breeds are.
Cancer is extremely family-oriented and takes familial relationships very seriously. Supreme loyalty is of the utmost importance to a Cancer. That’s why Shafiroff says Bulldogs and Rottweilers make great family dogs, especially if you have a Cancer in the house. Most people have the image of a Golden Retriever plastered in their minds when they think of a good dog for the family, but despite their unfair reputation, Rottweilers can actually be very sweet and loving. What’s more is they are excellent guard dogs, which would be important to a Cancer because this sign always wants to protect its loved ones. Shafiroff herself has kept a Rottweiler and remarks on just how strong a family bond the dog, Bella, had with the husband. “My husband would put Bella right in the car and Bella would sit in my seat, the front seat, and act just like the wife,” the animal activist recalls, laughing. While sensitive, this sign can often be moody, too, which is why Chow Chows and Chihuahuas can make good fits. These dog breeds can definitely be loving but are often picky about who they form bonds with—much like a Cancer.
As gregarious as they come, Leo is a sign that needs a dog that possesses equal charm and positivity. As far as zodiac compatibility goes, upbeat and active breeds like Cairn Terrier (like Toto from The Wizard of Oz), Dachshund, Pomeranian, and Pug would do well with a Leo—just think of all the precious pug pictures that would be taken. These breeds are fun-loving and need an owner who is just as happy and excitable as they are! You could also get a mixed breed dog that has traits of these adorable breeds.
It’s no surprise that Shafiroff assigned several working dog breeds to Virgo: Border Collie, Greyhound, Pointer, Shetland Sheepdog, and Spanish Waterdog. Ever the analytical, hardworking, and determined sign, Virgo would appreciate a dog that reflects its own values. But there’s more to Virgo—and to these breeds—than their productivity. “I find that Virgos are very sensitive, too,” she says. “Sensitivities aren’t necessarily shown. Sometimes people are very sensitive but they mask that, just the way these dogs could.” This is why it is important to spend adequate time with a dog before officially adopting it. Need more adorable dogs in your life? Look at these adorable black and white dog breeds.
Libra is one of the most gentle signs. This sign loves balance and harmony which is why they would benefit from a relationship with a dog who is easygoing and bursting with love. While some people have a fear of bigger dogs, big dogs can actually turn out to be more warm and cuddly than smaller ones. The Newfoundland is the perfect example. A grown male can weigh up to 150 lbs or more, but any dog expert will tell you that these dogs are entirely made up of sweetness and devotion. Other dog breeds a Libra might like, according to Shafiroff, are Bernese Mountain Dog and Siberian Husky (come on, who doesn’t love snuggling with a husky and looking at cute husky pictures? Especially those with blue eyes!)
Scorpio is a true force of nature; a Scorpio never goes half in on anything. They are resourceful, brave, and passionate. Only a dog with equal amounts of these traits could mesh well with a Scorpio. “A strong person wants a strong dog,” Shafiroff says, which is why she recommends Bloodhound, Bull Mastiff, Golden Retriever (one of the smartest dog breeds), and Pitbull for a Scorpio. Some of these breeds can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know much about them, but they are also very sweet. Shafiroff reiterates the popular saying, “There are no bad dogs, there are bad owners.” Some of these dogs are more rambunctious than others, but a Scorpio can definitely handle it. If you’re a Scorpio, check out what your zodiac element is and what it means for you.
Sagittarius: Russell Terrier
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This sign is always the life of the party. Their laugh is infectious and everyone wants to be around them. They love to travel, go on adventures, and share their positive demeanor with the world. Some dog breeds that mimic this kind of personality include Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Russell Terrier, and Shih Tzu. These dogs are fun, know how to make you laugh, and can adapt very well to new situations. So if a Sagittarius decides it’s time to find their next adventure, these dogs won’t mind going along for the ride—short legs and all.
Capricorn: Shiba Inu
Capricorns are sturdy, dependable people. They tend to be on the reserved side and have a great appreciation for discipline. The kind of dog that would best fit a Capricorn is one that has a calm demeanor and isn’t loud or fussy. A highly energetic dog would probably be too taxing on a Capricorn. Shafiroff suggests Belgian Sheepdog, Shar Pei, Pekingese, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Shiba Inu. “People tend to describe Shiba Inus as independent,” the animal rights activist says. Match made! Take a look at some of the best dog breeds for first-time owners.
Aquarius: Labrador Retriever
The Aquarius is unique among the signs. They’re highly original, smart, independent, and humanitarian to boot. So dogs that stand out would immediately attract an Aquarius and vice versa. Dog breeds that would suit this sign include Labrador Retriever, Lhasa Apso, Collie, Havanese, and Poodle. Don’t miss these dogs with long hair that you’ll want to bring home immediately.
Pisces: St. Bernard
The most imaginative and sensitive sign requires the most curious, bright, and kind dog. Whether it’s the deep affection of a Maltese or a St. Bernard or the intelligence of a Cocker Spaniel, Pisces needs a dog that loves to cuddle. The love between a Pisces and its dog will be intense as Pisces always gives its entire heart to everything and anything they care about. But remember, while these suggested breeds for your personality can help guide you to your ideal doggy partner, it’s the individual dog that matters most. “A mix is fine,” Shafiroff insists. “You don’t need a thoroughbred. Of course, there are rescue groups that deal only in purebreds.” Her frank and only goal? “Just adopt the dog!”
Next, learn what the most popular dog breed in each state is. Then, learn what your power color is according to your zodiac sign and check out these hilarious zodiac memes.
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- Jean Shafiroff, animal activist and ambassador for the American Humane Society