32 dog breeds for every zodiac sign

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Did you know that there are dog breeds for zodiac signs? It's true! While all pups can of course make wonderful companions for any sign, finding a dog that matches your personality and lifestyle certainly can't hurt when it comes to developing a deep and lasting bond. 

If you're looking for your astrological canine soulmate, there are certainly ways to go about finding him or her. For example, the social butterflies of the zodiac (yes, we're looking at you Gemini, Leo, and Sagittarius!), will pair beautifully with an outgoing dog who'll be delighted to hit the local dog park and engage in a game or five with the best dog toys.

In contrast, those signs that are total homebodies and love a good night in (that would be you Cancer, Taurus and Pisces) will likely find they're best suited to a sensitive pup who loves a good snuggle.

Below, we've rounded up the best dog breeds for every zodiac sign. So regardless of whether you love being active and social and are looking for a high-energy pup or you're a sensitive soul in need of a gentle giant, you'll find the perfect canine companion for you. 


German Shepherd

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If you're an Aries, or know someone who is, you're probably well aware of how headstrong this sign can be! Confident, passionate and displaying great leadership skills, those who have Aries as their zodiac sign will do best with a dog that displays similar characteristics and can follow their lead - which is why the German Shepherd is such a great match. Leaders of the dog world, German Shepherds are known for their protective instincts, love a challenge and have bundles of energy - more than enough to keep up with the bold nature of an Aries owner. 

Doberman Pinscher 

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The Doberman Pinscher is another outstanding choice for Aries thanks to its powerful presence and energetic nature. Brave and not afraid to take risks, this vigilant breed shares the confidence and strength of those born under the Aries sign. They're also very passionate dogs and love to make friends, plus they possess strong leadership skills - so if you're looking for a canine companion that can keep up with you in every way, the Doberman Pinscher is well worth considering. 



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People who have Taurus as their star sign tend to be loyal, reliable and down to earth, so it's no surprise that the devoted Boxer makes such a fantastic choice of pet. These dogs are patient, protective of those they love, and will return your loyalty in spades. Affectionate and great with people of all ages and stages, as a Taurean you'll greatly appreciate how similar the Boxer's nature is to your own. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Those born under the Taurus sign tend to be calm and confident, so the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who struggles with being left alone may not seem like an obvious choice but they'll help bring some much needed balance to your life. Your chilled out energy will work wonders when it comes to helping your fur friend relax and their love of a good snuggle will ensure you take time each day to stop and unwind. Plus, you both value stability and reliability, and the Cavie is emotionally intelligent which pairs beautifully with your own ability to read and comprehend your own emotions. 

Basset Hound

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Taureans are known for being homebodies, so who best to keep you company every day than the laid-back Basset Hound. Quite the lazy log, this breed won't be in the least bit bothered about staying home and chilling out all day. They also have the same unyielding loyalty to their family that those born under the Taurus sign have, and enjoy comfort and stability. 


Bearded Collie

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Curious, energetic and playful, the Gemini needs a dog that has a similar temperament and the fun-loving Bearded Collie ticks that box nicely. Always game for a new adventure, this breed is active enough to keep up with a busy owner and it has a highly charismatic nature that helps it win friends wherever it goes - much like all you Geminis out there! They also bore easily, so they're perfect for this star sign who loves meeting new people and having new experiences. 

Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a great choice for a Gemini thanks to their inquisitive natures and love of learning and trying new things. Little bundles of energy, this breed is up for anything and they operate under the assumption that there are no strangers in this world, only millions of friends they haven't had the chance to meet yet - something that will really appeal to the social nature of a Gemini. Outgoing but also down for a cuddle, they have the same bright intellect that Geminis do and warm and friendly personalities that win hearts wherever they go. 

Siberian Husky

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Geminis tend to be extroverts who need a lot of mental stimulation and social interaction in order to thrive, so who better to pair up with than the chatty and intelligent Siberian Husky? These dogs need to be kept busy, which won't trouble the Gemini at all given how much they love to get out and about. High energy, outgoing and with a dash of mischief, this breed is the perfect partner in crime for passionate and playful Gemini. 



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Known for being sensitive, caring souls who are very family-oriented, Cancerians need a dog that's just in tune with their emotions as they are with theirs - which is why the Bulldog is such a great choice. Docile, loyal and calm, the Bulldog is devoted and loyal, and their gentle and affectionate natures means they're always up for a cuddle. Smart and sensitive, this breed will make for a sweet and loving companion.


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Rottweiler's have a reputation for being aggressive guard dogs, but when properly socialized, Rottie's have huge hearts that make them incredibly sweet, kind and loving towards their chosen humans. Just like the Cancerian, the Rottweiler loves to protect those they love and their playful and silly natures make them wonderful family dogs. 


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Cancerians are know for their sensitivity, but they can also be moody at times too - not in a bad way, they just feel things deeply and because of that, are prone to more emotional ups and downs. Chihuahua's are super loving and at the same time, they're very picky about who they choose to form close bonds with - which is very much like Cancerians. This breed is also very affectionate and will only be too happy to give you a cuddle when you're feeling down. 



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Confident, ambitious and always up for being the center of attention, Leo's are playful, loyal and attentive - all traits that make them a perfect match for the perky Pomeranian. Lively and bold, the Pom has a vivacious and fun-loving personality and adores making people laugh. Needing an owner who's just as feisty and excitable as they are, the warm-hearted and funny Leo would be their dream human. 


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The gregarious Leo needs an upbeat companion who's just as charming as they are, which is why the Pug is an absolute no-brainer. Both these two adore having fun and have bright and sunny personalities. Energetic lovers of life, both enjoy socialising and having the spotlight on them and they're also known for being generous and big-hearted. When paired together the Leo and the Pug will spread sunshine and positivity wherever they go. 

Cairn Terrier

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The Cairn Terrier is an upbeat and active little dog who will easily keep up with energetic Leo. Outgoing, playful, smart and adaptable, the Cairn Terrier shares many of the same traits as Leo and has a cheerful and happy nature that makes it a joy to have around. Family-oriented, this breed is always up for an adventure and like Leo, it displays true-blue loyalty. 


Shetland Sheepdog

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Virgo's are hardworking and practical individuals who feel most fulfilled when they have deep and intellectual connections. Given all of this, it's no surprise that an intelligent and obedient working dog like the Sheltie would be their perfect match. Loyal and gentle, this breed thrives on mental stimulation and will do well in the structured and organized life that a Leo likes to create for themselves. 

Border Collie

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Border Collie's are determined and productive dogs who have the same go, go, go kind of nature as a Virgo. Both thrive in environments that demand precision and discipline and they're also sensitive and eager to please. But don't think for a minute that these two are all work, they're also very loyal and deeply interested in their loved ones, and will enjoy a good cuddle session at the end of a busy day. 



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If you've ever met a Libra (or you happen to be one) then you know that this sign is amongst the most gentle in the zodiac. Always striving to maintain balance, Librans are known for their harmonious and peaceful natures, so it's no surprise that their ideal companion would be the Newfoundland. Easy-going, devoted and bursting with love, Newfies are incredibly sweet dogs to have in the home and their huge affection for children makes them great for families. 

Bernese Mountain Dog

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Another warm and cuddly canine companion that will pair perfectly with all the Librans out there is the Bernese Mountain Dog, famed for its good-natured ways. Known as a 'nanny dog' due to how gentle and loving they are with children, they are generally very placid but still enjoy a good play session or a cuddle, which will appeal to witty and affectionate Libra. 


Golden Retriever

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Regarded as perhaps the most complex sign in the zodiac, Scorpios are true forces of nature. Challenging to read and understand, they're deeply introspective and intuitive and fearless in the face of a challenge. And what dog shares those three traits? Why the Golden Retriever of course! Resourceful and intelligent, their bravery has long since cemented them as the top choice for a search and rescue dog, while their high levels of sensitivity mean they're equally popular as therapy pups. 

Pit Bull

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A strong person wants a strong dog and that's equally what the Scorpio will get if they choose to welcome a Pit Bull into their family. Super intelligent and loyal, the Pit Bull has got an unwarranted bad reputation over the years for being aggressive, but these little meatballs are huge softies at heart. Misunderstood in much the same way as the Scorpio is, these two passionate and mysterious creatures will form a firm and lasting bond. 


Boston Terrier

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What's the best dog for someone who loves to be the life and soul of the party? Why the immaculately dressed Boston Terrier of course, whose tuxedo attire means he can be ready for any occasion at the drop of a hat. A gregarious and positive little pup, the Boston Terrier's bright and comedic nature perfectly matches that of the Sagittarius and they love an adventure, which the lively and free-spirited Sagittarian will truly appreciate. 

French Bulldog

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Playful, smart and full of fun, the irresistible Frenchie has become one of the most popular dog breeds in the world - and they're a fantastic match for the boundlessly optimistic Sagittarius. Just like Sagittarians, they adapt well to almost any environment and have the same worldly and adventurous nature. Happily making friends wherever they go, the French Bulldog is affable, flexible, and easy-going, traits that will pair beautifully with the Sagittarians' love of exploration. 

Shih Tzu

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The Shih Tzu has an enormously appealing personality. Much like Sagittarians, Shiz Tzus are incredibly friendly and people find it almost impossible to ignore them - which is just as well as this breed is unlikely to let that happen! Good-natured and adaptable, this dog knows how to have fun and makes for a great travel companion. Playful, affectionate, charming and outgoing, the Shih Tzu and the Sagittarius will make quite a pair. 


Shiba Inu

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Responsible, practical, sturdy and dependable, those born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn will do best with a dog that shares some of their best traits. And the Shiba Inu ticks all of those boxes perfectly. Approaching the world with a calm dignity, this breed is independent, intelligent, good natured and loyal to those they love. Capricorns tend to be on the reserved side with quiet and non-fussy natures, so the Shiba Inu (who doesn't bark very much or demand attention) will make for a very happy home indeed. 

Belgian Malinois

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A loyal dog with a strong work ethic, the Belgian Malinois (pronounced mal-in-wa) is a confident, smart and hardworking breed that has the same sturdy and dependable nature as the Capricorn. Quietly going about their business, this breed forms strong and unbreakable bonds with their humans and loves nothing more than a day spent being active with them. Just bear in mind that they are hugely work and people-orientated, so you need to ensure you're able to provide them with lots of attention and physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. 

Shar Pei

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An independent, loyal and calm pup that originally hails from China, the Shar Pei is steadfastly devoted and affectionate with their family but hugely standoffish with strangers. A typically serene dog, they will meet any perceived threat to their loved ones with a fierce tenacity that's more than enough to warn off a stranger. Capricorns will very much appreciate the Shar Pei's relaxed temperament when at home and because they're such dedicated human beings, they'll have no trouble providing this breed with the stimulation it needs to prevent it becoming bored. 


Labrador Retriever

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Assertive and clever boundary pushers, Aquarians are creative and independent and are known for being the most innovative, progressive and rebellious of all the zodiac signs. But they also have a very caring and sensitive side, which is why that combination of traits makes them a good match with the Labrador Retriever. Smart, enthusiastic and caring dogs, they have the same high levels of energy as Aquarians and because people who fall under this sign tend to be humanitarians, they'll greatly appreciate the Lab's kind, inclusive and famously friendly ways. 

Lhasa Apso

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Aquarians love a dog that stands out from the herd (just like they do!), so the Lhasa Apso is a great choice. Confident and joyful, this breed has a real comical side, which will ensure their owners are always laughing. They're very lovey-dovey with their family, but adopt a regal aloofness with strangers and they have the same intelligence and complexity that Aquarians are so well known for. 


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Cheerful and kind little dogs who go everywhere with a delightfully happy spring in their step, the Havanese has the same loyal, intelligent and independent nature as Aquarians. Sociable creatures with huge hearts, this breed is easy to train, playful and affectionate to boot! They're also good with children, so they're a wonderful choice for families. 


Saint Bernard

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A sensitive soul needs a sensitive dog, and that's exactly why the Saint Bernard and the Pisces are such a beautiful match for each other. A gentle giant known for the deep levels of love and affection they bestow on their chosen humans, the Saint Bernard is a playful, charming and inquisitive pup with a patient nature and a huge fondness for children. 


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A gentle dog that loves to cuddle, the Maltese is a sweet pup that's highly trusting and very responsive. Lively and charming, they're happy to make new friends of all ages, and just like Pisceans, they're very sensitive and intelligent. The Maltese requires a lot of human attention and does not do well with being left alone, so if you're planning on welcoming one of these pups into your family, ensure you're happy to have a companion that accompanies you wherever you go. 

Cocker Spaniel

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Because those born under the zodiac sign of Pisces are well known for their people smarts and high overall intelligence levels, they'll really appreciate having a dog that shares these traits - which is why the Cocker Spaniel is a breed well worth considering. A gentle and happy dog with high energy levels who loves getting out and about, their placid, compassionate and friendly nature means they also excel as therapy pups. 

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.