Best Pet Matches for All 12 Horoscope Signs
When choosing the perfect pet, most people search for an animal that fits their lifestyle. Several factors to consider are the pet's size, daily maintenance, the type of training required and its compatibility with other pets or family members (especially if there are children in the house).
But what better way to find a pet that suits your personality than matching one to your horoscope sign? Here are three perfect pet matches for all 12 horoscope signs.
ARIES: The Ram (March 21-April 19)
Ruling Planet: Mars
Personality Traits: Determined, Quick, Assertive, Independent, Competitive, Impulsive
Jack Russell Terrier
Aries has a taste for adventure and is always on the go. Frisky puppies make excellent pets for this particular zodiac sign, especially Jack Russell pups, for their energy and enthusiasm.
The breed's strong desire to work hard matches nicely with the competitive nature of Aries.
The cockatiel is always up for a challenge and loves to be petted and held, but is also independent (a trait admired by Aries).
After all, these birds can entertain themselves for hours in front of a mirror.
Another great companion match for this zodiac sign is the iguana, due to its calm nature. This reptile is easily trained and can be affectionate with the people it recognizes.
Plus, iguanas are low maintenance pets that are perfect for the busy Aries.
TAURUS: The Bull (April 20-May 20)
Ruling Planet: Venus
Personality Traits: Strong, Sensual, Creative, Ambitious, Trustworthy, Reliable
Taurus dislikes any form of drama, which makes them well suited for owning a cat. The Russian Blue is shy and reserved at first, but given time, the cat will form a deep connection and become quite affectionate (but not clingy).
Russian Blues are sweet-tempered and will gladly play once they are comfortable with their owner. They are also extremely loyal and reliable, a trait Taurus seeks in both people and pets.
Hamsters are friendly, docile rodents that prefer being left alone but will react well if they are held. They like routine, and their behavior is reliable, something Taurus can appreciate.
Hamsters are also notably mellow, grounded critters — very in line with this Earth sign.
The tortoise is another good match due to its placid, tough nature. Over time, they can identify the people who take care of them and may even follow their owner around the home.
The tortoise is also a bit stubborn — something we can expect from your typical Taurus.
GEMINI: The Twins (May 21-June 20)
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Personality Traits: Versatile, Kind, Optimistic, Curious, Passionate, Expressive
Gemini's deep emotional intelligence requires a pet like a German Shepherd with the same high level of intelligence and affection that this zodiac sign craves.
And like Gemini, the breed is curious, watchful and cautious around strangers but extremely loyal once they've formed a bond with their owner.
Gemini is quite chatty and would be happy conversing with a talkative parrot. They are incredibly expressive birds and will often mimic other people. And like the zodiac sign, the parrot has a versatile personality — sometimes boisterous and, at different times, quiet and reserved.
They have a passionate nature similar to Gemini and form a territorial attachment to their owners.
Monkeys are also suitable pets for this astrological sign due to their brilliance and playfulness.
They have a curious, mischievous side that Gemini finds entertaining and are extremely sociable like their owners when they are comfortable in their environment.
CANCER: The Crab (June 21-July 22)
Ruling Planet: Moon
Personality Traits: Generous, Psychic, Protective, Creative, Sentimental, Loyal
Cancer prefers socializing in small groups rather than large parties and does well with calm, quieter felines such as the Maine Coon.
These cats are known as "gentle giants" that love to cuddle but are also a bit goofy and in need of a structured routine — something Cancer can provide.
Cancers are protectors known for rescuing abandoned animals such as injured birds, squirrels, stray cats and dogs. But they don't do well with high energy pets or overly clingy ones, which makes the prickly hedgehog a perfect match.
Hedgehogs like to explore but, for the most part, are couch potatoes content to be left alone.
The hermit crab is another good fit not only because it symbolizes the astrological sign, but its behavior is also a metaphor for Cancer's pattern of retreating into its shell when it feels vulnerable.
The crab can be shy or friendly, depending on how it is treated, much like people born under this zodiac sign.
LEO: The Lion (July 23-Aug. 22)
Ruling Planet: Sun
Personality Traits: Energetic, Dramatic, Proud, Outgoing, Confident, A Born Leader
Leos love beautiful pets that draw attention. The Persian's regal blood meets the high standards of Leos, who prefer independent, reserved animals that command an air of royalty. Persians are proud cats that need to be treated with dignity.
The gentleness they receive from Leo will be rewarded with affection and fierce dedication, a trait admired by this zodiac sign.
The fiery spirit and nobility of the Arabian Horse will also catch Leo's eye. Arabians are the purest breed of horses with a proud, graceful personality and a strong desire to please.
The horse is good at following new commands and exudes enough energy to match Leo's pace.
The colorful plumage of the Macaw is also an eye-catcher for Leo. The playful, active exuberance of the Macaw is just what this sociable zodiac sign needs.
Its instinct to follow its owner is perfect for Leo, who prefers to lead (think Zazu and Simba in “The Lion King”).
VIRGO: The Virgin (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Personality Traits: Organized, Hard Working, Sophisticated, Perfectionist, Gentle, Optimistic
The Siberian Husky is hardworking — an admirable trait that matches Virgo's practical nature, making them highly compatible.
Although Huskies are not the greatest watchdogs due to their friendliness with strangers, their optimistic temperament and attention to detail is a must-have quality in a pet for Virgo.
Another aspect of this zodiac's personality is cleanliness, and really any kind of fish fits the bill for no mess, no fuss around the house. Surprisingly, fish display personality traits such as being bold, territorial and even aggressive with other fish.
Still, for the most part, they are eager to explore and show excitement when their owner approaches the tank.
Virgo is also a health-conscious sign and does well with outdoor pets such as chickens that will provide fresh eggs for the family.
Chickens live by a pecking order and are often loyal and fearless — character traits admired by Virgo.
LIBRA: The Scales (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Ruling Planet: Venus
Personality Traits: Diplomatic, Creative, Balanced, Social, Pragmatic, Dreamer
Given Libra's love for socializing, it makes sense that they would get along well with the dreamy elegance of the Siamese, a breed that is very vocal and friendly.
Siamese cats are dog-like in their level of playfulness, happy to spend hours catching and retrieving paper balls or any other kitty toys.
Libras are a bit insecure and need a cuddly, furry pet that draws attention, making the rabbit a perfect fit. Rabbits are happy to see their owners and gladly run-up to show their gratitude with a hand lick.
They are free-roaming animals that love to play and be petted and groomed, but they are also sensitive creatures that need the occasional snuggling from their owners.
Libras also appreciate beauty, and given their sign's element of air, they're quickly drawn to birds. The Lovebird, like Libra, has a big personality and is a sociable, playful breed that is happiest with a mate and forms a deep bond with its owner.
However, Libra might find the feisty side and endless chirping of Lovebirds bothersome and may need to keep them outdoors.
SCORPIO: The Scorpion (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Ruling Planet: Pluto, Mars
Personality Traits: Cerebral, Stubborn, Passionate, Brave, Honest, Outspoken
Scorpios are well-matched with the Dalmatian, a dog that is smart, outgoing and competitive.
Their high-spirited, playful side appeals to Scorpio, but it's their intelligence level and bravery that this zodiac sign most admires.
There is a darker, mysterious side to Scorpios who tend to gravitate toward unusual pets that fascinate them yet frighten others. The person walking around a circus or a renaissance festival with a large snake draped around his neck is probably a Scorpio.
Snakes are lazy yet eloquent creatures that need to be conditioned for human contact, an undertaking Scorpio enjoys. By nature, the snake is suspicious of others but, in some cases, has shown evidence or bonding with their owners.
The uniqueness and eerie beauty of the tarantula are also tantalizing to Scorpio. Contrary to belief, these spiders seldom bite unless provoked, and for the most part, they are docile.
They are also a low-maintenance pet, which is a plus for people born under this sign.
SAGITTARIUS: The Archer (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Personality Traits: Adventurous, Honest, Extroverted, Energetic, Funny, Strong-Willed
Sagittarians need a pet that is outgoing and adventurous like them, making the Sphynx cat a perfect fit. The Sphynx is a mischievous, talkative breed that loves attention and will do funny stunts that appeal to Sagittarius' humorous side.
Despite being very energetic and extroverted, the cat has its quiet moments and enjoys a good snuggle on its owner's lap when it's time to rest.
Like Leo, Sagittarius admires an animal with a fiery, questing side and a free spirit. A horse of any breed would make an excellent companion for this zodiac sign.
Horses are sociable and easy-going, but initially, they need 100 percent honesty to build a trusting bond, similar to the expectations in a Sagittarian relationship.
This astrological sign also appreciates adventurous people and animals, and like Taurus, will do well with a turtle as a pet. Turtles have a sense of wanderlust and usually interact well with others but tend to be territorial and strong-willed.
They require little attention and can easily take care of themselves, something Sagittarius appreciates in a pet.
CAPRICORN: The Goat (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Personality Traits: Focused, Confident, Independent, Hard-Working, Disciplined, Intelligent
The Shar-Pei is an intelligent, independent dog that needs an owner who is willing to put in the time to train it properly, which Capricorns excel at and enjoy.
The breed is territorial and laser-focused when it comes to protecting its human family — its disciplined nature being an admirable trait to Capricorn owners.
Capricorns prefer pets that are low maintenance and not too clingy, which makes the guinea pig an excellent choice. Most guinea pigs are like laid-back lap dogs and are content to stay wherever you put them.
Although curious, they are often too timid to venture far and are easily managed, a trait Capricorn appreciates.
Miniature goats are also an acceptable pet for this zodiac sign. They're friendly, adaptable animals that are hardy, good-natured and independent.
They would make an agreeable companion because they are not only hard workers but also entertaining and will lighten the mood, bringing some much-needed humor into the life of an intense Capricorn.
AQUARIUS: The Water-Bearer (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Personality Traits: Intuitive, Quirky, Honest, Imaginative, Idealistic, Independent
Aquarians are sometimes shy, but the Poodle with its happy, outgoing nature will help owners born under this sign to relax and enjoy being around other people. Poodles have natural instincts that Aquarius finds admirable and that are easy to train.
Poodles also bond quickly with their owners and have a playful, quirky side that parallels Aquarians' personality.
Pigs are also a good match due to their high intelligence, playfulness and independence.
They love to learn new things and thrive in an environment that offers creative challenges — something an Aquarian is happy to supply.
Unusual pets like the ferret also suit Aquarian's taste for animals that are quirky and fun. Ferrets are adorable, cuddly pets that are good problem solvers and prefer one-on-one interaction with their owners.
Their inquisitive, quick-thinking skills complement the intuitive, imaginative side of Aquarius.
PISCES: The Fish (Feb. 19-March 20)
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Personality Traits: Sensitive, Artistic, Affectionate, Psychic, Non-Judgmental, Quiet
Burmese cats are engaging playmates that prefer a lot of attention from their owners. In return, this breed offers plenty of love and reassurance to the insecure Pisces, making it the perfect pet.
They adapt quickly to change but, at the same time, are sensitive felines who are incredibly trusting.
It only makes sense that the fish sign would do well with a beautiful, exotic fish such as the Neon Tetra, which is clean and simple to maintain.
Like Pisces, the Neon Tetra has a peaceful personality and a calming effect on people who enjoy watching them swim in freshwater aquariums.
Pisces are also compassionate people, are drawn to strays the same way people born under the Cancer sign are quick to rescue wounded neglected animals. A domesticated rat with its laid-back personality and affectionate side make them a good fit for Pisces.
Rats are social, curious rodents that enjoy being around humans and are quite intelligent — enough that they love to play and enjoy interacting with other people or pets. Although many people are afraid of rats, a Pisces has no problem adopting a rat for a pet. Thankfully, people born under this zodiac sign have a big heart for unusual animals that most people would never consider bringing home.