Calling all dog people! National Puppy Day is coming up on March 23, and I’m sure everyone out there who’s head-over-heels for their canine companions will agree that this is a day worthy of celebrating. If you have a special pup in your life, then you probably know that dogs have unique personalities, preferences, and quirks—just like humans do! That said, it’s no surprise to learn that dogs have zodiac signs, too. And finding out your pup’s zodiac sign can help you get to know them on an even deeper level.
In order to determine someone’s zodiac sign (human or otherwise), all you need is a birth date. But not all of us know exactly when our furry friends came into this world, especially if they were adopted from a shelter (which, by the way, is an awesome way to help fight companion animal homelessness and overpopulation!). If all you know is your pup’s approximate date of birth, you can narrow the time period down to a couple zodiac signs and make an educated guess from there. But if you’re totally clueless about that D.O.B., simply use your dog’s adoption date as a birthday, since that’s the date they began a new life with you—which still holds a special significance.
Once you’ve calculated your pup’s sign (or at least narrowed it down to a few options), read on to find out more about their cosmic canine quirks. And if you’re not sure, perhaps these zodiac pup profiles will help you figure it out!
Aries-born pups are brave and bold leaders. They love to be “in charge” and can get impatient if they don’t get their way, so they’re not always the most obedient (but we love ‘em for it). Aries dogs also tend to have lots of physical energy, so plenty of active playtime is an absolute must.
Taurus pups are the most reliable companions. However, they can also be a wee bit hedonistic, as they love nothing more than eating, sleeping, and having long cuddle sessions. If you want to make their day, let them indulge in some gourmet dog treats and lounge on the fancy furniture.
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks had obviously never met a Gemini pup. These energetic companions are quick learners, wonderful communicators, and are also highly curious, so let them sniff up a storm to explore the world around them during their daily walks.
Cancer pups love nothing more than cozying up at home and cuddling with their loving families. But they’re also fiercely protective of their loved ones and will do whatever it takes to keep their human or animal companions safe, so don’t underestimate their gentleness as weakness.
Occasionally high-maintenance but always fun, Leo pups expect to be treated like the kings and queens of their castle—as all dogs deserve! However, in addition to their attention-loving ways, Leo doggies are also some of the most loving and warm-hearted companions out there.
Variety is the spice of life, but Virgo pups really appreciate a solid routine. These doggos like to be in control, so honor that by going out of your way to maintain a reliable walking, feeding, and playtime schedule. That way they know what’s coming and when they can expect it.
Harmonious vibes and good company are the cat’s meow for a Libra pup. These super social creatures tend to bond easily with others and really appreciate companionship—so take them with you on your outings whenever possible and prioritize quality time together.
Scorpio pups often have a powerful and even intimidating presence, so they’re not always the easiest to get to know. However, once they build solid trust with someone, they’ll be fiercely loyal and protective companions—and they’ll let their gentle, loving, and playful sides show.
Sagittarius pups are the most adventurous of the canine zodiac, so they need lots of excitement and stimulation in their life. They love nothing more than exploring new places and experiencing new things, so make sure to keep things fresh with new toys and alternate routes for their walks.
Capricorn pups have a certain air of wisdom and independence about them that commands respect. And while some may come off as being serious or stern, make no mistake—your Capricorn canine also loves to have fun! Encourage them to let loose during playtime.
They say dogs are humans' best friend—and Aquarius pups certainly fit that bill! These smart and quirky canine companions love to feel like part of a community, so go out of your way to include them in your family outings or allow them to make new friends at a local dog park.
If it seems like your Pisces pup is in another world, it’s probably because they’re the most sensitive souls in the canine zodiac. These dogs are highly empathic and emotionally intelligent, and can easily pick up on the energies around them—so be extra gentle with them in return.