By: Rita Hogank
Have you ever wondered where your dog’s personality comes from? I always wonder why my two pugs are so different despite growing up in the same environment. Francis is attentive, affectionate and mischievous while Finnbar is your typical curmudgeon: serious, hates change, and only wants affection on his terms. Finding out the why of your dogs personality might seem complicated but it may be as simple as looking to the stars.
The zodiac is more than horoscopes. Within the charted stars, you can find insights about yourself as well as your dog. Here is a brief breakdown of each sign and what it can tell you about your dog’s personality.
Aries (March 21 – April 20)
The sign of Aries is the Ram which is 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 dog confident and strong. Taking no for an answer is not in their mindset. When an Aries dog does not come when they are called, don’t take it personally. As a fire sign, the Aries dog is extremely smart and playful. They want to be the center of your world and your possessions. Naturally inquisitive and self assured, the Aries dog can find themselves getting into accidents and you may find yourself at the vet more than you would like.
Taurus (April 21 – May 20)
The sign of Taurus is the Bull which is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and gentleness. Taurus is an earth sign and creates a lot of will power. The Taurus dog wants to have their cake and eat it too. When they want to do something, then that is the way it is going to be. Taurus dogs are inherently shy and need to feel safe. They love to be shown affection but only when they are in the mood. The Taurus dog needs a balanced and peaceful environment. Loud noises and chaos will get them stressed and upset. My pug Finnbar is a Taurus; he is afraid of thunderstorms and other loud noises like hammers. He is also the most obstinate dog I have ever had.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
The sign of Gemini is the Twins which are ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury is the planet of intelligence. Gemini is an air sign with an earthen spirit. Dog’s with their sun signs in Gemini are both passive and aggressive, positive and negative, outgoing and reserved. Gemini dogs aren’t into “ownership”. Guardian is the way of the Gemini and these dogs 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, and prone to separation anxiety due to their need to be with others.
Cancer (June 21 -July 20)
The sign of Cancer is the Crab which is ruled by the Moon. The moon is emotional, sensitive and nurturing. Cancer is ruled by water which is fluid and moving. Dogs born under this sign are loving and sweet natured. Even though they love being around you, most Cancers need continuous reassurance. New places and people can make them disengage and become ill-tempered. Cancer dogs love to nurture other animals and make good companions for other dogs. They are controlled by their appetites and can quickly gain weight. Free feeding should not be on the Cancer dog’s menu.
Leo (July 21 – August 20)
The sign of Leo is the Lion which is ruled by the Sun. The sun is warming, noble, and generous. Leo is a fire sign with energy to burn. Leos love the outdoors and everything that comes with it. They also enjoy barking. It doesn’t matter if a Leo dog is with you or at the dog park, he or she loves to be the center of attention. A huge positive of having a dog with their sign in Leo is that they are the most loyal dogs in the zodiac.
Virgo (August 21 – September 20)
The sign of Virgo is the virgin which is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the planet of intellect. When Virgo and Mercury are combined, they create the calmest dog in the astrological line up. The Virgo dog is a champion of stressful conditions. Like the Taurus, they love a routine and don’t do well with change. Virgos like to talk and follow you from one place to the next. This behavior makes them a great dog for people who enjoy the outdoors and love to travel.
Libra (September 21 – October 20)
The sign of Libra is the Scales which are ruled by the planet Venus. Venus makes Libra dogs indecisive and a little ADD. They are difficult to train due to their inability to pay attention for long periods of time. Libra dogs are loving and pleasant but need gentle discipline in order to feel secure. If you want a dog that will just go with the flow and deal with complete chaos, a Libra dog is not for you. Structure is a must. Libras also have irregular eating habits. They tend to eat only when they want to.
Scorpio (October 21 – November 20)
The sign of Scorpio is the Scorpion which is ruled by the planet Pluto. Scorpio is a water sign and highly emotional. The Scorpio dog is robust and strong willed. They usually get what they want and are very influential over other dogs and people. Scorpios need daily exercise to help relieve stress and like their fellow Libra they crave structure. Without structure, the Scorpio dog will take advantage of everyone and everything he or she comes in contact with. These dogs are extremely intuitive and never forget when they have been wronged. A Scorpio dog is a friend of solitude but also enjoys good company, especially yours. They love to be fawned over and groomed.
Sagittarius (November 21 – December 20)
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 dog with their sign in Sagittarius. These dogs are happy, outgoing and kind. You have to watch your Sagittarius dog around others because they have a tendency to get picked on. They love to get physical affection and feel they are your one true love. Loyalty is a Sagittarius’s speciality, making them want to be with you at all times. If you are not careful, this trait can turn into separation anxiety. The Sagittarius dog craves companionship and loves to have another dog or animal in the house.
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20)
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 dogs clean, refined, and intense with a mind of their own. They love to run around and exercise. Capricorns don’t sleep as much as other dogs and suffer from anxiety in stressful situations. They don’t always make the best companions for other animals. If they are forced into getting step-siblings, they may take time to get used to them.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 20)
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 sixty in about two seconds. These dogs are also difficult at times in that they like 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 love others. The Aquarian dog is perfect if you want them to be a companion to another dog, cat or chicken! They will be game to whomever you pair them up with. However, Aquarians need their space and alone time to plot and plan their next amazing surprise and just when you least expect it they will dazzle you.
Pisces (February 20 – March 20)
The sign of Pisces is the Fish which is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Pisces is a water sign and mixed with the air of Jupiter, you get a dog with a magical sensitivity. Dogs in the sign of Pisces are inherently sweet and need a peaceful atmosphere to flourish because they get stressed easily. Like Leos, these dogs sometimes get bullied because of their non-aggressive nature. Pisces dogs are very independent dogs. They 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.
I hope these sun sign astrological descriptions can give you some insight into your dog’s personality. I encourage you to explore astrology and dig deeper into this fun way of looking at the stars. I don’t have a clue of when my rescue pug Francis was born. By the description, I think she might be a Leo.
Rita Hogan CH is a canine herbalist and co-founder of Farm Dog Naturals, an herbal remedy company for the All-Natural Dog. Rita combines nature with her love for dogs by offering consulting that focuses on dogs as individuals: mind, body and spirit. Her practice incorporates herbal medicine, complementary therapies and environmental stewardship to help dogs and people find balance and partnership with nature. Connect with Rita through her website www.canineherbalist.com
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