Posted on December 21 2019



By Karen McInerney


Understanding a pet’s astrological chart can help you to recognize their needs and emotions, since they can’t communicate through words. Sun signs are the same for all living creatures, so you can apply the basic personality traits of each sign to your furry companion.


If you adopted your dog and don’t know his or her birthday, no worries. You have options! Check records at the shelter you adopted from, as generally animals are assessed when they arrive and their age estimated, which could bring you pretty close. A veterinarian could also help you determine an approximate birth date.


But if all else fails, go with your dog’s “adoptaversary,” or the date they came into your life. While that may not be their actual birth date, it is certainly a significant rebirth date, as it marked the start of their new life with you. The day and time you first met and then brought your pet home is a significant chart event— and it reveals more about your relationship than just your pet’s personality.


Aries  Mar 21 – Apr 19 Fire

The sign of Aries is the Ram, and it’s ruled by the planet Mars. Mars is known as “the bright and burning one,” ruled by passion and drive. Aries is a fire sign, which makes the Aries companion confident and strong. Taking no for an answer is not part of their mind-set. Be warned: An Aries does not come when they are called, so don’t take it personally. They are extremely smart and playful and want to be the center of your world. Your Aries companion believes they are the alpha!  They are naturally inquisitive, independent, and self-assured, and their fiery, loving spirits easily shine through.


Taurus  Apr 20 – May 20 Earth

Taurus is the Bull, which is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and gentleness. Those born under this sign love to be shown affection, but only when they are in the mood. Taurus is an earth sign and creates a lot of willpower and stubbornness. Your furry Taurus is inherently shy and needs to feel safe, though, so a balanced and peaceful environment is very important. Loud noises and chaos will get them stressed and upset.  The Taurus is all about being indulged — food, food, food, followed by lounging in the most comfortable luxurious napping spot (what’s not to like?). While Taurus pets may be determined, they are also very protective and like to focus on the safety of their home and family.


Gemini  May 21 – June 20 Air

The sign of Gemini is the Twins, which are ruled by Mercury, the planet of intelligence. Gemini is an air sign with an earthen spirit and the personality of two. Pets with their sun signs in Gemini are both passive and aggressive, positive and negative, outgoing and reserved. Geminis aren’t into “ownership.” “Guardian” is the way of the Gemini, and these furry creatures weave their spirit in the world, rarely bonding with one person. The Gemini is a quick learner, loves exercise, has a quick wit, and is affectionate. However, they can also be nervous, indecisive in their eating habits (no routines, thank you), and prone to separation anxiety because they need to be with others. Pets born under this sign tend to be playful, curious, energetic, and creative attention-seekers. They love to show off, and they are excellent communicators. Take the time to introduce your pet to new tricks, environments, and experiences — their eager-to-please attitude and high intelligence mean they will catch on fast.


Cancer  June 21 – July 22 Water

The sign of Cancer is the Crab, which is ruled by the Moon, which is emotional, sensitive, and nurturing. Cancer is ruled by water, which is fluid and moving. Furry companions born under this sign are loving, super-sensitive, and sweet natured. Even though they know they are loved, most Cancers need continuous reassurance (they'll follow you around lovingly just waiting to be petted or to give you a lick). Routine is of utmost importance, so any changes in routine (such as staying home alone while you’re away on vacation or accidentally getting locked out of the house at night) tend to upset them. Cancer pets know they are a valued part of the family. New places and people can make them disengage and become ill tempered. While their appetites control them, they are also prone to upset stomachs, so these pets may need food formulated for sensitive systems.


Leo  July 23 – Aug 22 Fire

The sign of Leo is the Lion, which is ruled by the warming, noble, and generous Sun. Leo is a fire sign with energy to burn. Leos love the outdoors and everything that comes with it. They are the most loyal pets in the zodiac and would defend their owners to the death. Most furry companions are the unofficial kings or queens of their household — as they should be. But if you’re dealing with a Leo, you can pretty much guarantee they’re wearing the crown: They expect to be served like royalty.  Leo pets are confident, fearless, and a bit vain. They love to be pampered and spoiled, and they are always vying for the spotlight — a bit high maintenance, in truth. But Leos are loyal to the bone, so there’s plenty to love.


Virgo  Aug 23 – Sept 22 Earth

The sign of Virgo is the virgin, which is ruled by Mercury, the planet of intellect. When Virgo and Mercury are combined, they create the calmest pet in the astrological lineup. The Virgo is a champion of stressful conditions, but like the Taurus, they love a routine and don’t do well with change. Animals that fall under Virgo are also the cleanest of all pets, spending a great deal of time and energy on their grooming habits. No rolling through the mud for these guys! Virgo pets are also hardworking and devoted, making them the easiest to train. These pets are relatively low maintenance, as long as they can keep to a consistent routine.


Libra  Sept 23 – Oct 22 Air

The sign of Libra is the Scales, ruled by the planet Venus. Venus makes Libra four-legged companions indecisive and a little ADD. They are difficult to train because of their inability to pay attention for long periods of time. Libras are loving and pleasant, but they need gentle discipline to feel secure. If you want a pet who will just go with the flow and deal with complete chaos, a Libra is not for you. Structure is a must, though they tend to eat only when they want to. Your gorgeous Libra will spend lots of time preening and grooming (always wanting to look her or his best). Most pets love to be social, but none quite like a Libra — they have high social intelligence. If your Libra pet ever feels lonely or left out, he’s liable to become whiny, moody, and very, very vocal about his unhappiness. Libra pets are also quite attuned to their owner’s feelings: They can sense bad vibes between people, especially involving members of their family.


Scorpio  Oct 23 – Nov 21 Water

The sign of Scorpio is the Scorpion, ruled by the planet Pluto. Scorpio is a water sign and highly emotional. Your Scorpion pet is robust, strong-willed, and intense. They usually get what they want. Scorpios need daily exercise to help relieve stress and structure so they won’t take advantage of everyone and everything they come in contact with. Be warned: They are extremely intuitive and never forget when they have been wronged. A Scorpio pet is a friend who enjoys solitude but also good company, especially yours. They love to be fawned over and groomed. Scorpio pets are loyal and very entertaining. Stay on a Scorpio's good side, and you have one of the most devoted and fun companions you could dream of.


Sagittarius  Nov 22 – Dec 21 Fire

The sign of Sagittarius is the Archer, which is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Sagittarius is a fire sign that loves a challenge. The glass is always half full for a pet with a sign in Sagittarius: They are happy, outgoing, and kind. You have to watch your Sagittarius furry companion around others, though, because they have a tendency to get picked on. They love physical affection and feel they are your one true love. Loyalty is a Sagittarian specialty, and they want to be with you at all times  — but if you are not careful, this trait can turn into separation anxiety. While the Sagittarius pet craves companionship and loves to have another animal in the house, they covet freedom, too. Though they seldom run away, they love to be on their own and outside. They also have an endless supply of energy, especially when they are young. Find a safe outdoor enclosure for your adventurous Sag, and you will have the most content companion.


Capricorn  Dec 22 – Jan 19 Earth

The sign of Capricorn is the Goat, which is ruled by the planet Saturn. Saturn is an earth sign and one of the most grounded signs of the Zodiac. This makes Capricorn pets clean, refined, and intense, with a mind of their own. They don’t always make the best companions for other animals, and if they are forced into getting step-siblings, they may take time to get used to them. They are diligent and determined to achieve their goals, so if you lock them out of the bedroom at night and they want to get in, you can expect to hear meowing, yowling, and scratching at the door until you cave. Capricorn pets are calm, serious, and hardworking. Your Capricorn pet is likely to be slow-moving, but if it has a job to do, it will always get that job done. Capricorn animals are best for people who don’t have the energy or patience for a high-strung or demanding pet. They are self-reliant, stable, and serene.


Aquarius  Jan 20 – Feb 18 Air

The sign of Aquarius is the Water Bearer, which is ruled by the planet Uranus. Aquarius is an air sign and happens to be the most intelligent and intuitive sign in the zodiac. Aquarians are unpredictable and can go from zero to 60 in about two seconds. They are quite eccentric, quirky, erratic, and strange. Your Aquarian likes to do what they want to do when they want to do it. What makes us adore them is that they are extremely loving and entertaining. Your Aqua pet acts, well, rather a bit odd, and needs alone time to plot and plan their next amazing surprise. Your unique Aquarian four-legged companion truly has a one-of-a-kind personality.


Pisces  Feb 19 – March 20 Water

The sign of Pisces is the Fish, which is ruled by the planet Neptune. Pisces is a water sign, and it’s mixed with the air of Neptune, you get a pet with a magical sensitivity. Pisceans are inherently sweet and need a peaceful atmosphere to flourish because they get stressed easily. Like Leos, they are sometimes bullied because of their nonaggressive nature. Pisces pets are very independent and do what they want without attracting the attention of others. What does this mean for you? Don’t be fooled — they have you well trained. They don’t demand too much attention, because they have a vast internal world to keep them amused. A Piscean pet will display characteristics of many other zodiac signs. They pace back and forth, abruptly moving from one activity to the next, or they follow you around the house. Your lovable furry companion is extremely intuitive and can sense your moods. Pisces pets are also the dreamers of the zodiac: You may often hear your pet “talking” or see it thrashing around during a particularly vivid dream.

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