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Dog Zodiac Signs: Does Astrology Apply to Dogs Too?
Of course, your dog's breed plays a major role in their behavior, but their astrological sign plays a role in their personality. Just like people, the sign that your dog was born under creates an imprint on how they perceive and interact with the world around them. If you are fortunate enough to know your dog's birthday, it's fascinating to see how many traits of their astrology sign they have. (I believe in rescue, but unfortunately, you probably won't know your rescue dog's birthday.)
It is also interesting how many times dogs and people tend to adopt each other with signs that are compatible. I'm a Scorpio with a Pisces dog. We absolutely picked each other. We have had a common understanding from the moment his sweet eyes met mine. You will meet my little Watson when I write about the Pisces dog traits.
I really hope that you enjoy getting to understand your dog a little more by exploring their sun sign. Please remember that adopting a dog is for life, not just for now.
What's My Dog's Zodiac Sign?
- Aries: March 21–April 20
- Taurus: April 21–May 20
- Gemini: May 21–June 20
- Cancer: June 21–July 20
- Leo: July 21–August 20
- Virgo: August 21–September 20
- Libra: September 21–October 20
- Scorpio: October 21–November 20
- Saggitarius: November 21–December 20
- Capricorn: December 21–January 20
- Aquarius: January 21–February 20
- Pisces: February 21–March 20
Aries Dog (March 21–April 20): Aries Dogs Love Action
Aries is the baby of the zodiac, and the ram is the symbol.
This courageous dog likes to be active. Playing and running with these dogs is very important to keep them happy and out of trouble. Aries dogs are very cheerful to be around. They are the dogs that will come up to other dogs and people ready to play.
Your Aries dog will learn with enthusiasm. The problem is that they also can quit in the middle of playing fetch because they sometimes have trouble with follow-through. So you will probably be going to get the ball yourself sometimes. These dogs are not couch potatoes because they like action.
If your Aries is pacing around quite a bit and you know that it isn't about a potty break, give them something to do. This sign has a selfish side and will tend to push their way to be first. So if you have other pets in the house, your Aries dog won't let the pets fetch the toy and will push their way in front of the other pets for food and treats.
- Symbol: Ram
- Color(s): The color for Aries is shades of red. Use this color when picking out your dog's accessories.
- Compatibility: Leo and Sagittarius
Taurus Dog (April 21–May 20): Taurus Dogs Love Their Comfort
Taurus is an earth sign, and the bull is the symbol.
As you may have guessed, Taurus dogs are very headstrong and stubborn. They are not a fan of change, so if your schedule happens to change, don't expect your bull to have a smooth transition.
This goes for moving as well. This dog will be the dog that brings back the ball pretty much every time, unlike Aries. Once this dog has made up its mind to do something, it can be hard to change it. So if your Taurus insists on jumping into the car to go for a ride when not invited, it is likely that you will be driving around the block with them to make them happy.
Taurus dogs love their comfort. They will pick the bed over the floor every time. If you don't like to have your pets on the furniture, be sure to get your Taurus a nice comfy spot to hang out in. Comfort is important to this sign, and they will for sure be the dog that sneaks up on the furniture when you aren't looking. Although these dogs do have some lazy traits, being an earth sign, they love to do outdoor activities.
Food is a big deal to all dogs, but these dogs personify the love of food. Begging at the dinner table could become an issue with this dog that is hard to tame. Keep lots of differently flavored treats around to keep their taste buds happy.
- Symbol: Bull
- Color(s): The colors for Taurus are shades of green and earthy colors. Use these colors when picking out your dog's accessories.
- Compatibility: Virgo and Capricorn
Gemini Dog (May 21–June 20): Gemini Dogs Are Great Conversationalists
Gemini is the sign that rules communication, and the symbol is the twins.
Teaching this dog to speak should be a cinch. Your Gemini dog will have no problem voicing its opinion. Getting them to howl or bark will not take too much coaxing because they love to hear the sound of their voice. Talk to this dog often, and don't be surprised how attentively they will listen.
Socially, Gemini dogs will be a pleasure. They love to meet new people and dogs and make friends pretty quickly. Gathering information is important to this sign, so following their nose might cause a wandering-off problem. Keep a close eye on your dog if outside without a leash.
The twins can become anxious, which could manifest into constant licking on their paws or even biting their nails. Distract this behavior by talking to them. Of course, if it persists, check with your vet about possible allergies.
Gemini dogs like tricks and activities that involve them using their paws and motor skills. Shaking hands is a great trick to teach, but they also do very well with a task that involves having to hit a lever to release food. Digging for things will be a favorite pass time so if you don't want lots of little holes dug in your yard, find a toy that allows them to have to find the prize. Because it is the sign of the twins, indecisiveness will crop up over which toy they want to play with or whose lap they want to lay on.
- Symbol: The twins
- Color(s): The color for Gemini is shades of blue. Use this color when picking out your dog's accessories.
- Compatibility: Libra and Aquarius
Cancer Dog (June 21–July 20): Cancer Dogs Love to Nurture
Cancer is a water sign and considered the family sign of the zodiac. The symbol of Cancer is the crab.
Cancer dogs just love love love their families. Separation anxiety could be a challenge for this sweet dog so make sure that they have a blanket or cushy toy to hang with when you are not there. If this dog has puppies or a new puppy is introduced into your home, this is the dog that will quickly take to nurturing. Cancer can be shy by nature, but water activities will bring them out of their shell.
If scolded, this dog could go and hide for sometimes hours and have to be coaxed out. Your Cancer dog will be the dog that will stay with a sick family member until they are better to offer their support and comfort. They are usually great with children and have a tremendous amount of patience with them. Cancers prefer a harmonious home life, so if there is conflict among their humans, they will cower into their shells until it all blows over. Having a blanket to hide under when they are feeling anxious is a good idea for this dog sign.
Their love of sweets will tempt them to steal from the holiday candy dish, so be sure to keep sweets up high. Choose treats that have a safe way for them to get their sweet tooth on.
- Symbol: Crab
- Color(s): The color for Cancer is shades of blue. Use this color when picking out your dog's accessories.
- Compatibility: Scorpio and Pisces
Leo Dog (July 21–August 20): Leo Dogs Need to Feel Pretty
Leos are the royalty of the zodiac, and the symbol is the lion.
If you like to groom and dress your dog, then Leo is a perfect fit. They love to be adored and fussed over. Praise is greatly appreciated by your Leo dog, and it will go to great strides to get it. Other dog signs will step aside for your Leo dog to walk by because regal is not understated in their gait. Being social is a great trait for this slightly high-maintenance sun sign; however, when they are done playing, they are done. No negotiation about it.
They are the life of the party and will greet every guest into your home with open paws. If there is more than one pet in the house, your Leo dog will be the leader of the pack. As a matter of fact, this dog has a deep need to lead. Having other pets in the house is best.
To keep this dog happy, socialize them and dote over them often. Watch their tail wag when you compliment how pretty they are. Oh, trust me, they understand that you are telling them they are pretty.
- Symbol: Lion
- Color(s): The colors for Leo are shades of gold and orange. Use these colors when picking accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Aries and Sagittarius
Virgo Dog (August 21–September 20): Virgo Dogs Like Having a Job to Do
Virgos are the perfectionist of the zodiac, and the symbol is the virgin.
Virgo dogs do not like to get their paws dirty. Cleanliness is a big trait with Virgo, so make sure to keep them bathed and primped. Being duty oriented, Virgo dogs make great worker dogs. They will learn quickly what you are expecting and be happy to train to perfection.
They are happiest when they have a job to do, so if you can take your Virgo dog to volunteer at an old age home or hospital, they will outshine all other signs at this job. Virgo dogs make great fire dogs, police dogs, and special needs dogs. Being timid and short-tempered can be an issue with a Virgo; starting to socialize them early is recommended.
Another Virgo trait is caution. This will probably not be the dog to just jump into the lake without analyzing it first. The most important thing to remember about this dog sign is to keep them feeling like they are being productive and have a duty to do.
- Symbol: Virgin
- Color(s): The color for Virgo is earth tones. Use these colors when picking accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Taurus and Capricorn
Libra Dog (September 21–October 20): Libra Dogs Are in Love With Love
Libra is the lover of the zodiac, and the symbol is the balancing scales.
Oh, what a lover this dog is! They are in love with love and will not be a one-person dog if there are multiple people in the house. Due to their symbol, your Libra will have great balance. Jumping fences will be a constant challenge. They will have no problem throwing caution to the wind and walk or jump where most other signs dare to go because of their confidence with balance.
Libra dogs are very adaptable, which allows their humans to randomly change their schedules or even move to a new home with very little disruption felt by them. Companionship is important to this dog sign; having another dog or pet to be their partner in crime is highly recommended. Libras like lavish surroundings, so be sure to decorate their personal space with comfortable accessories.
Libra dogs have a sharp, quick mind and love to learn new things. Play games that challenge them and keep their mind working. Snuggle with them often and give them lots of love love love. They will give you love back twofold.
- Symbol: Balancing scales
- Color(s): The color for Libra is shades of green. Use this color when picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Gemini and Aquarius
Scorpio Dog (October 21–November 20): Scorpio Dogs Are Loyal, but Don't Make Them Mad
Scorpio is the most intense of the zodiac, and the symbol is the scorpion.
Scorpio dogs are tricky and secretive. This is the dog that will have secret hiding spots for their bones and toys that they are sure only they know about. An excellent watchdog because Scorpios are extremely protective and security is of utmost importance to Scorpios. Loyal to a fault and are often one-person dogs.
On the flip side, a negative trait is being revengeful. If you leave this dog alone longer than normal or show too much affection to another pet, your Scorpio dog just might show a little revenge by chewing up your shoe or peeing on the floor right in front of the door for good measure.
Scorpios are natural detectives, so play games with them where they have to find the prize. They make great police dogs because they will follow the scent to the end. Not the most social of the dog signs, which makes them great for people who live alone or are homebodies.
Scorpios are naturally jealous creatures and are content if it is just the two of you forever. Take your Scorpio dog to the water and watch them get a sudden surge of playfulness as Scorpio is a water sign, and the water gives them a burst of energy.
Scorpio dogs can be moody and might not tolerate other animals for long unless the other animal is part of the family, then your Scorpio dog will become very protective over it. These dogs make great travel companions and are always up for a ride in the car.
Scorpio dogs like their space but at the same time have a need to feel secure. A crate with the door always open for them to go and hide is a good thing to have for this dog.
- Symbol: Scorpion
- Color(s): The color for Scorpio is shades of red. Use this color when picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Cancer and Pisces
Sagittarius Dog (November 21–December 20): Sagittarius Dogs Are the Most Entertaining
Sagittarius is the clown of the zodiac, and the symbol is the bow and arrow or the Archer.
Sagittarius dogs are the actors of the dog signs. This sign loves to perform and will do it on command every time. The sound of human laughter is music to their ears, and they will do the same trick over and over again if it is making you laugh.
They are always eager to learn new tricks to entertain their humans and will do them without being commanded just to get attention. They are very intelligent by nature and need complicated games to keep their interests. These dogs are extremely friendly and have no problem being taken out into a crowd. Not a dog that will cower behind you because of loud noises or a lot of people around.
If left to socialize on their own, you might not see them again until you call them back to you. They will be busy making new friends with anybody and everybody. Not the easiest of the dog sun signs to train about mundane things like where to potty, but once they acquire a habit, they will not sway from it. This is good for good habits but not so good for the bad ones.
If they pick up a bad habit and you don't nip it in the bud right away, you might have a hard time getting them to stop chewing up shoes or jumping the fence. A very fun dog to have as long as you keep them mentally stimulated.
- Symbol: Bow and arrow or the Archer
- Color(s): The Sagittarius color is shades of darker blue. Use this color when picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Aries and Leo
Capricorn Dog (December 21–January 20): Capricorn Dogs Have Wise Old Souls
Capricorns are the wisest of the zodiac, and the symbol is the mountain goat.
Capricorns are known for being old when they are young and young when they are old. The puppy that sits back and watches the other ones play but is just too composed to join in. Then, all of a sudden, a whole new side of them will come out as they get into adulthood. Out of the blue, they will start to play like a puppy, and the seriousness goes out the window. They will put all of that bystander learning they did while they were young into action.
Capricorn is a very calm dog sign to have around with a take it or leave it kind of attitude. Quick learners to normal training like where to potty and what is theirs and not theirs. They are cautious but sure-footed, and an excellent dog to take on hikes and activities in the outdoors. Very dependable, and if your Capricorn should happen to wander off on its' own, you can be sure that they will come back on their own when they are done exploring. A true bring me my paper and slippers kind of dog.
Take your Cappy on outings and show them a sense of fun every so often. You might have to make this dog get out and get some exercise, but once in the groove of it, they will love it. A great dog sign to have other dogs and pets living with them. Born leaders that they are, your dog will become the leader of the pack and teach their wisdom to the other pets.
- Symbol: Mountain goat
- Color(s): Capricorn color is shades of black. Use this color when you are picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Taurus and Virgo
Aquarius Dog (January 21–February 20): Aquarius Dogs Just Want to Help
Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac, and the symbol is the water bearer.
Aquarius is known for their intellect and thirst for knowledge, and it is noted in dogs born under this sign. How they get their knowledge will range from learning from you and other dogs to exploring on their own for hours if you let them.
Being the humanitarian of the zodiac, this is the dog who will drag a child out of a burning building or work to help another animal in distress. A very brave dog sign and would take very well to being a fire dog or a service dog. They are so loyal and focused when they have a job to do that it's almost a shame not to set them up in situations that allow them to feel like they are helping. Even though they have an unpredictable trait that can keep you guessing as to what they are going to get into next, Aquarius dogs are a great help and a true joy to have around.
- Symbol: Water bearer
- Color(s): Aquarius color is shades of gold. Use this color when picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Gemini and Libra
Pisces Dog (February 21–March 20): Pisces Dogs Are the True One-Person Dog
Pisces are the sensitives and intuitives of the zodiac. The symbol is the double fish.
Let me introduce you to my little Pisces dog Watson. He is by far the sweetest dog that I've ever had. Pisces are known for their loving and sweet dispositions, and it is very true in Pisces dogs too. Pisces dogs love their humans and become sad when their humans are not around.
They are extremely sensitive, and a firm voice is all that is needed to correct them. They will get their feelings hurt for a little while, but you can bet that you won't have to correct them for the same thing too many times. Not the bravest of the dog signs but by far the most loving. Pisces dogs have a need to be near their humans at all times or better yet touching them at all times.
You are sure to have a shadow when you adopt a Pisces dog. Their intuitive nature allows them to know when you are on your way home or that you are going to take them for a walk before you say anything or get the leash. I'm always amazed by this with Watson. To put it simply, this dog needs lots of love and attention. They are not loners by any means. They love their home and will more than likely not roam off too far from home as long as they are not getting their feelings hurt too often.
Arguing around your Pisces dog will make them run and hide, but once the arguing stops, you can bet that they will come out from hiding to be with you again. Your Pisces dog will be happy to go anywhere or do just about anything as long as they can be with you. A Pisces dog is unconditional love to the fullest extent. Keep this dog active so that they do not become sedentary. They are pretty mellow, and it is easy for them to spend too much time lying around.
- Symbol: Double fish
- Color(s): Pisces color is shades of green. Use green when picking out accessories for your dog.
- Compatibility: Scorpio and Cancer
Sophia on June 18, 2020:
Your dates are wrong for most of these Leo’s are July 21-August 22 so please fix that
Erin on May 03, 2020:
My dog is a Virgo and seems to think that her job to do is either to laze around in bed all day, get in the way or stand and look at us indignantly, which is her way of complaining about something.
UpNorthNancy on January 16, 2020:
Freedom is on the cusp of Pisces and Aries. His birthday is March 18th. Definitely a combination of the two signs. He's half Border Collie and Half Australian Shepard.
Anna on May 29, 2019:
I am a scorpio with a Pisces dog too! My dog is so sweet i can’t even handle it. I am obsessed with him.
Amber on February 20, 2018:
Ahhh I always knew it! My chart is hugely pisces and cancer, so I'm planning to get a Scorp pup to complete the trinity. Or Taurus who is good with both.
Jackie on October 17, 2017:
Sounds pretty accurate with my dog, he sleeps on our bed with pillow on his head (which I find very cute), loves to eat anything especially gourmet dog foods, loves to be outdoors especially in grassy areas (good thing that I have a mini-garden at my backyard as I'm also a nature lover). He's trainable, obedient, very sweet & loving that if only I have my way, I would take him out with me at work or everywhere I go because every time I have to leave the house, I can see his sad face & so I would caress him, kiss him on forehead & assure him that I'll be back. As for compatibility, well that makes sense too. No wonder my Aquarius partner doesn't get along with him while we get along very well, in fact to be honest I feel more compatible with my dog than with my partner LOL (I'm Aries with dominant Virgo, strong Saturn & ISTJ type while he has both Aquarius & Aries dominant plus strong Mars, probably an ENxP type based on his personality). And about my dog's accessories? His dog bowl, collar & leech all happens to be in green color! He's a Taurus btw...
Allisyn Nichols (author) from Texas on November 16, 2016:
Thanks for reading threekeys! It was so much fun to write and research. I've had some interesting conversations with friends since I've posted this about how their dogs show the characteristics of their sun signs. Yes, Watson and I are very lucky to have each other. Although I've been working some long hours lately and he is feeling a bit emotional right now..lol..
threekeys on November 14, 2016:
Just loved loved this. The pics? Are funny and cute! I love how you found a compatible water sign. Lucky you and lucky, pet pooch:)