The Dog Breed That's Right for You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Dog breed illustrations for each zodiac sign

Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

Your star sign can say a lot about who you are. Everything from your likes and dislikes to your work ethic (and even your favorite type of plant) can be predicted. But who knew that choosing the perfect pup was written in the stars? Whether it's Scorpio's match, the tough and devoted Pit Bull, or the sweet and sensitive Cocker Spaniel, a great pal for Pisces, your astrological makeup can pair you up with a breed that fits your lifestyle and personality. Find out which four-legged friend is your star sign's best match down below!

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    Aquarius (January 20 to February 18): Basenji

    Illustration of a Basenji dog

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re known for being unique, independent, and intelligent—traits that the Basenji breed fully embodies! Though originally bred for hunting purposes in Africa, these dogs are known to be very friendly and full of energy, though they have a strong, stubborn streak. Just like you, Aquarius, they aren’t interested in doing something just because they were told to, which means you’ll need quite a bit of patience while training them. However, you’ll see quite a bit of yourself in this type of dog, so who better to give them a home than someone who is just like them?

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    Pisces (February 19 to March 20): Cocker Spaniel

    Illustration of a cocker spaniel

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota 

    You’re known for your sensitivity, deep adoration, and sweet disposition, so it’s no surprise that you might be drawn to a Cocker Spaniel! These smaller dogs adore being close to their owners and cuddling up with them- they won’t hesitate to show you much they care about you. This type of dog also tends to require a great deal of patience and sensitivity. Being too harsh or intimidating can make these pups skittish and fearful regardless of how well socialized they may be, which something you understand entirely. Considering how deeply you care for your friends and family, and how devoted you are to the things you love, this breed would be a perfect match for you.

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    Aries (March 21 to April 19): German Shepherd

    An illustration of a german shepherd sitting on grass

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You know you’re a stubborn and headstrong person who likes to take the lead and initiate adventures. You wouldn't get as much enjoyment with a dog breed that likes staying indoors and cuddling all the time. You need a dog that keeps you moving, which is why a German Shepherd is perfect for you! German Shepherds are incredibly energetic and intelligent. They can keep an owner on their toes and are always eager to take on a new challenge. They’re very loyal and protective of their owners—something that mirrors your protective streak with your loved ones. They do require quite a bit of exercise, but this shouldn’t be an issue for you. German Shepherds will love being your number one companion for all of your adventures.

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    Taurus (April 20 to May 20): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Illustration of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting on a cushion

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re known for enjoying the more elegant aspects life has to offer, as well as being loyal and practical in your day-to-day life. A dog breed such as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is just the type of companion you didn’t know you needed. Not only are they gorgeous dogs, but they are extremely affectionate and loyal towards their owners. They’re meant to be indoor dogs, which means they won’t mind staying inside with you and spending quality time together—something that suits you well. Though they can be sensitive, they’re incredibly social and friendly dogs overall and do well with families and children.

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    Gemini (May 21 to June 20): Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Illustration of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi running through a field

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re friendly, excitable, and curious about the world around you. It’s no wonder that a Corgi is one of the recommended types of dogs for you! Corgis tend to be smaller dogs who believe they are bigger than they are, and therefore try to take on more than they can handle, a mindset you can relate to. They’re extremely friendly and love to be the center of attention. As one of the more popular and beloved dog breeds, it’s not hard for them to capture the attention of everyone in the room, much like yourself. They're also known to have a sense of humor and a playful disposition, and they’re always ready to embark on new experiences. Corgis are relatively easy to take care of, so it’s truly a fabulous match.

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    Cancer (June 21 to July 22): Pomeranian

    An illustration of a pomeranian sitting on a dog bed

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    Pomeranians are known to be protective, require a ton of affection, and spend the majority of their time indoors—what more could a Cancer ask for? These dogs are small in size, but their hearts are enormous. They will leap at the chance to show their adoration for their owner, and, similarly to you, they tend to get upset if they don’t feel they’re receiving enough affection. They’re also family-friendly and often form close bonds with all the members, kids and adults alike. They don’t require much exercise and are relatively easy to maintain, which makes them ideal for your tendencies to stay home over going out. 

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    Leo (July 23 to August 22): Dachshund

    An illustration of a dachshund holding a frisbee with the Leo zodiac sign on it

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota 

    You’re social, playful, and know how to own a room, so a Dachshund would be an incredible fit for you. Known for their playful, lively, and mischievous nature, this breed holds a lot of qualities you can appreciate as a Leo. Though they can quickly capture the attention of everyone in the room with their striking looks and louder-than-expected barks, they also tend to be fiercely devoted to one person and are very determined to hold all of their attention (sound familiar?). They are incredibly intelligent and adaptable and aren’t afraid of much. Dachshunds tend to believe they are bigger than they are, and are considered incredibly brave, tenacious breeds. You won’t be disappointed having this little pup by your side.

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    Virgo (August 23 to September 22): Chow Chow

    Illustration of a Chow Chow standing on grass by a birdbath

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re reserved, calm, and you need your alone time. While you might worry that most dogs might be too energetic or needy for you, that isn’t the case whatsoever with a Chow Chow. These dogs tend to give off an intimidating vibe at first, but they aren’t aggressive by nature. They usually are wary of strangers invading their space and take time to open up. But once they’ve found an owner and established trust, they’re fiercely loyal and loving, which sounds exactly like a Virgo. They aren’t extraordinarily hyper or demand all of your attention; they enjoy spending time alone and aren’t disruptive unless they’re trying to protect you. This breed makes perfect sense for you.

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    Libra (September 23 to October 22) - Greyhound

    Illustration of a greyhound

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re kind, you thrive in groups/partnerships, and you have a strong need to keep the peace, which makes a Greyhound an excellent companion for you! Greyhounds are known to be friendly and were initially bred with the intent of hunting in groups, so they aren’t usually aggressive toward other dogs, which makes introducing them to others a reasonably easy task. They also aren’t extremely alarmed around strangers. Like you, they would rather walk away from things that might irritate them rather than cause a scene. While these dogs are incredibly athletic and can enjoy going for a quick run, they also love to spend a significant amount of their time sleeping, which is the best of both worlds for someone like you.

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    Scorpio (October 23 to November 21): Pit Bull

    Pit Bull illustration

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re tough, devoted, and incredibly protective of those you love, which is why a Pit Bull makes so much sense for you. Pit Bulls and Scorpios both tend to have a bad reputation, you can come off as intimidating at first glance, but if someone takes the time to get to know you, they’ll see how compassionate and sweet you are under the surface. Pit Bulls tend to assert a dominant attitude, but they also genuinely want to please their owners. Once they bond with you, they’ll protect you with their lives without hesitation. Though they can seem like a handful at times, someone with your passion and determination can handle the challenge.

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    Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21): Australian Shepherd

    Australian shepherd dog illustration

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re adventurous, curious, and intelligent, so an Australian Shepherd is indeed a great companion for you. More so than most breeds, this one is exceptionally energetic and requires lots of exercise, which means they’ll make a great travel buddy and will be more than able to keep up with you. They’re also incredibly intelligent and can get bored quickly if not properly stimulated. Thankfully, you understand how that feels and are more than able to help them satiate their curiosity. These types are very loyal and dedicated to their owners, which means they’ll stick by you through thick and thin. They're easily adaptable to all sorts of environments, which means the possibilities are endless for where the two of you might end up living or visiting.

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    Capricorn (December 22 to January 19): Belgian Sheepdog

    Illustration of a Belgian Sheepdog standing on the snow

    Illustration: The Spruce / Alison Czinkota

    You’re hard-working, loyal, and intelligent, so a breed like the Belgian Sheepdog will work incredibly well with you. These dogs have strong protective instincts and are determined to keep their loved ones safe from any type of threat, which is precisely how you are with your family and friends. Also, these pups are used to herding sheep and keeping things in line, which is a trait you have a significant amount of respect for. They can be challenging to train, and require a firm and patient hand to help put them in the right direction, but you’re more than adept at handling stubbornness, considering you have a great deal of it yourself.