Best Dog Breeds by Horoscope Sign

Determining which dog breed is best suited to you is serious business, and we’re in the business of providing seriously useful information to help you make your decision. Exercise, grooming and training needs, potential health concerns and expected life span — there are so many factors to consider.

But, what if you could simply turn to astrology to find your perfect breed match? Of course, we’d never (really) suggest that, but it sure is interesting to imagine the possible pairings — and we've done just that. From Aries to Pisces, here are dog breeds with characteristics that align with each horoscope sign.

Once you’ve perused our pseudo-scientific, just-for-fun picks, we suggest taking our Breed Finder quiz as a more reliable way to find your perfect pet.

Which Dog Breed Matches Your Sign?

Jack Russell Terrier

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Are you an energetic, quick-thinking Aries? Meet your astrological match in the typically athletic, super-active Jack Russell Terrier. Head outside — where you’re usually both happiest spending your days — and set off on a run together. But remember, a JRT can be just as independent as you are. If she becomes bored, don’t be surprised to find a freshly dug hole (or five) in your backyard.

Saint Bernard Standing in Grass

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Those born under this sign are strong and dependable, much like the Saint Bernard, a characteristically calm and patient member of the Working Group. This gentle giant is generally known to love her people, often making her a great fit for families. But, realize this sweetie can be stubborn, a character trait to which the bullish Taurus just may be able to relate.

Lemon Beagle Smiling at Camera

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

What do you get when you combine a fun-loving, affectionate personality with a healthy dash of mischief? The makings of your typical Gemini and his astrologically-suited dog breed, the Beagle. As much of a chatterbox as you are, a Beagle is often known for her distinctive, almost musical voice. Hope you’ve saved space at the center of attention because this generally people-pleasing pooch will probably want to claim a spot right next to you.

Chihuahua Face Closeup

Anita Peeples, Animal Photography

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Those born under the sign of Cancer tend to be homebodies who value family above all else — for you, a Chihuahua may make the perfect cuddle partner. Despite her size, this “armpit piranha” can pack quite a protective punch. In fact, she often makes a surprisingly effective watchdog, ideal for Cancerians, who are typically wary of strangers. Assuming you can tolerate each other’s moodiness, you and your pint-sized pup will likely be fast friends for a good, long time.

Tibetan Mastiff Dog

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

A Leo and a Tibetan Mastiff could easily share a mantra: My way or the highway. Like her astrological counterpart, this typically highly intelligent, independent dog breed can be considered strong-willed, making her a poor choice for those new to dog ownership. But with firm, consistent training, this towering breed can become the gentle watchdog she’s meant to be.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A hardworking Virgo will appreciate the history of Bernese Mountain Dogs, a breed that spent years driving cattle to pasture, pulling milk carts to the dairy and acting as watchdogs on the farm. Once she moves past the puppy stage, the Berner tends to be calm, patient and on the quiet side — qualities that should hit close to home for a Virgo.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

A peace-loving, sometimes introverted Libra just might need a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel curled up on your lap. Like you, members of this breed tend to be people-pleasers, happiest when in the company of others. Because Librans often take so long making decisions, they may be considered lazy. But, don’t worry, your little lovebug won’t judge: She’s among the 7 dog breeds least suited for labor, herself.

French Bulldog dog breed

Britta Jaschinski, Animal Photography

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Much like a Scorpio, the French Bulldog looks tough on the outside, but usually there’s a lot of sweetness hiding beneath the surface. A person born under this sign knows what it means to be a true friend, making a lap-loving Frenchie a potentially perfect match. Do your human pals ever criticize you for being too argumentative? French Bulldogs often hear the same, as they have a reputation for being stubborn when it comes to training. So, when things get too stressful for either of you, might we suggest taking a timeout, like these two?

Border Collie with ball

Anna Pozzi, Animal Photography

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

High energy? Check. Wicked smart? Check. Slightly compulsive? Check. Sagittarians may find zodiac zen in a Border Collie. Considered by some to be the most intelligent breed, Borders will usually herd anything: kids, ducklings, even a sack of potatoes you’ve spilled on the floor. It’s good that Sagittarians enjoy being on the move, because Border Collies typically require a great deal of physical activity. Bring your A game to the dog park, because this generally highly athletic pooch can handle nearly anything you throw her way.

German Shepherd Dog

Nick Ridley, Animal Photography

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorns looking for a four-legged friend who tends to be as intellectual, disciplined and confident as they are need to look no further than the good-at-nearly-everything-he-tries German Shepherd Dog. Typically direct and fearless, these dogs can thrive with active owners who give them plenty of exercise, training and attention. Assuming you’re up for the challenge of a German Shepherd, do yourself a favor and take plenty of photos.


Judy Zatonski, Animal Photography

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Known for similar physical characteristics themselves, Aquarians will appreciate the Greyhound’s typically beautiful eyes, thin build and angular face. But the similarities go beyond the surface, as this breed is known to be among the friendliest. Nicknamed the 40-mph couch potato, she’s the quickest of all breeds, but her speed often comes in short bouts. After her run, she’ll likely turn into a cuddle puddle for the remainder of the day. In fact, you two have a favorite activity in common: No activity at all.

Shih Tzu

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Let’s get the bad news out of the way, Pisces: A Shih Tzu probably won’t be joining you for a swim, one of your favorite activities. But that aside, you’re a near perfect astrological match. Pisceans have the propensity to get down in the dumps, so lap up the love of a generally gentle, affectionate and easygoing Shih Tzu. Couldn’t we all use a little of this sunshine in our lives?

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