For centuries, humans have been looking to the stars for guidance and advice. Horoscopes have long been an entertaining way for people to learn more about their personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Yet, did you know that your dog also has a star sign which could have a role in influencing their character? If you are keen to see just which kind of dog will be your ideal BFF, we've paired each of the 12 zodiac signs with popular dog breeds that reflect each sign’s characteristics.
The history of dogs and the zodiac
While dogs don’t explicitly appear in the Western zodiac, they are considered to be special animals. The history of dogs and the zodiac dates back to ancient times when dogs were often revered as sacred animals in many cultures. In China, the dog was one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac which is still used today as a tool to predict the future and understand human behaviour. Loyalty, intelligence and faithfulness are just some of the traits that the ancient Chinese saw in dogs and emperors even kept pet dogs as companions for good luck and fortune. In ancient Greece, the dog was often associated with the goddess Artemis, who was the goddess of the hunt and wilderness. Thanks to this association with the celestial bodies, dogs have earned a place in our hearts and lives time and time again.
Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Jack Russell Terrier
Aries are full-on, high energy and enthusiastic people with bucket loads of confidence. Jack Russell Terriers match this with an equally energetic and fearless temperament making them the perfect furry BFF for this fire sign. Plus, they are known to be tenacious and determined problem solvers, just like Aries.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Bulldog
Reliable, loyal, and stubborn are just a few of the Earth sign traits of Taurus. Bulldogs are celebrated for their loyal and reliable nature, yet they are also famously stubborn. Just like a dog with a bone, they know exactly what they want and won’t stop till they get it, just like a Taurus.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20) - Border Collie
Known as the quick-witted, intelligent and adaptable sign of the zodiac, Gemini is an air sign that is represented by twins. Border Collies are often considered to be one of the smartest breeds of dogs and are famed for being able to adapt to new situations without any fuss. Plus, they're known for their herding instincts, which fits well with Gemini's dual nature.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22) - Bichon Frise
Cancers are water signs, famous for their emotional, deeply sensitive souls. Bichon Frises are loving, sensitive dogs that crave nothing more than being snuggled up with their pawrents. This is a match made in heaven for a Cancer, who craves emotional connection and love.
Leo (July 23 - August 22) - Golden Retriever
Leos do not shy away from attention and they love to lead. Golden Retrievers ooze friendliness, and confidence and are always pleased to see their human BFF. It is no surprise that this is one of the most popular dog breeds in America, just like Leos are one of the most popular zodiac signs.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22) - German Shepherd
Virgos are known for being overthinkers, picky and practical. German Shepherds are keen problem solvers and eagerly hardworking dogs that excel at tasks requiring precision and focus. Just like Virgo, they also possess a loyal and protective nature making these two BFFS from the start.
Libra (September 23 - October 22) - Standard Poodle
For Libras, love of beauty, harmony, and balance rule the world. So much so that the Standard Poodle is the pup of choice for this air sign. Poodles are elegant, graceful dogs that are often associated with beauty and luxury. They are also sociable dogs who love to be close to their human BFF which fits perfectly with Libra's desire for harmony and balance.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) - Doberman Pinscher
Scorpios are water signs that are known for being passionate, fiery and mysterious. Doberman Pinschers match this description with their fierce and intense nature. These dogs are deeply loyal and protective of their families, just like a Scorpio.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) - Greyhound
Sagittarians love nothing more than experiencing the thrill of adventure, freedom, and exploration. Greyhounds are famous for their animated sprint and are athletic dogs. Plus, they are traditionally used for racing, which matches Sagittarius' love of competition and adventure.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) - Rottweiler
Capricorns are sensible, hard-working and very dedicated people. Rottweilers share this practical spirit and are known to be powerful, hardworking dogs that are loyal and intelligent. They also share Capricorn’s grounded and steady energy which they show in their calm and composed demeanor.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) - Australian Shepherd
Aquarians are free-thinkers who are not afraid to be unconventional and independent. Australian Shepherds share this progressive nature and are intelligent, independent dogs known for herding. They are not afraid to show others a new way to work, just like Aquarians.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20) - Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels are loving and mild-tempered dogs that love nothing more than being with their humans. They are an ideal companion for Pisces who are known for their gentle, compassionate, and intuitive nature.
Which dog breeds would you pair with the zodiac signs? No matter what your zodiac sign is or what breed of dog you own, the most important thing is the bond that you share. Spend quality time with your pup and get to know their personality to really be able to connect with them on a spiritual level.