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This Is the Dog Breed That’s Most Compatible with Your Zodiac Sign

Best friendships are made when every sign adopts a dog to match their personality.

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Best dog breed for Aries

Dogs are some of the most precious creatures in our lives. They give us infinite love and loyalty. Because October is American Humane’s “Adopt-A-Dog” month, it’s only fitting that you should learn more about what kind of dog breed would best fit your personality and your home! Each sign has different defining traits, so it’s best to examine what your doggy zodiac compatibility would be and why. 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.” So for example, 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. Learn more about what you MUST know before adopting a rescue dog.

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Best dog breed for Taurus

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 for this sign. Find out all the superpowers dogs possess.

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Best dog breed for Gemini

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.

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Best dog breed for Cancer

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. If your dog is a fan of chew toys, try giving it a challenge with these puppy puzzle games. 

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Best dog breed for Leo

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! Check out more of your favorite classic films that never won Best Picture.

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Best dog breed for Virgo

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. Here’s how to tell if your own dog trusts you.

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Best dog breed for Libra

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?) Read more about why every child should grow up with a big dog.

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Best dog breed for Scorpio

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, 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. These are the secrets your dog knows about you.

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Best dog breed for Sagittarius

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, Russel 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. Learn how to travel without breaking the bank.

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Best dog breed for Capricorn

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 Inu’s as independent,” the animal rights activist says. Match made! Check the health benefits of owning a dog.

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Best dog breed for Aquarius

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. Take the Lhasa Apso, for example. Just looking at this dog’s famously long hair is striking. American Kennel Club describes the dog’s temperament as “joyful and mischievous”, “confident and complex.” Sounds like an Aquarius alright! Other dog breeds that would suit this sign include Collie, Havanese, Labrador Retriever, and Poodle.

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Best dog breed for Pisces

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 companion 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!” Read true, emotional stories of how these rescue dogs finally found their home.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian is a regular contributor to Reader's Digest's Culture, Advice, Travel and Pets beats. She is also a music journalist who has contributed to Alternative Press, Loudwire, Revolver, Kerrang! and more. Markarian is the author of the book, 'From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society', which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a degree in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.