According to popular lore, dogs are man’s best friend — but while many people adore the devotion and companionship of a puppy, not everyone wants to deal with muddy paws, slobbery licks or begging at the dinner table. The same goes for cats: Some find them beautiful and intriguing, while others see them as little more than snooty sneeze-factories. So which furry, feathered or scaly animal could be your best friend? Your Zodiac sign is a great place to find ideas. Our signs impart unique qualities and characteristics that help shape not only our personalities, but also our preferences. Your Sun sign can reveal the type of animal that might make your very best companion — your own, personal best friend.
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
With your high energy and taste for adventure, a happy, frisky dog may be the best pet for you — especially a bouncy, exuberant puppy whose boundless energy matches your own. Of course, if your attention span is on the shorter side, a full-grown dog may suit you better than a younger one, as the rigors of potty-training can test even the most patient of souls. You tend to make impulsive decisions, however, so your path toward adopting a pet is likely to be short and direct. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, an iguana or a cockatiel, as soon as you spot an animal that calls to you, you’ll find a way to make it your own.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
A sweet, fuzzy mutt who lazes at your feet on Sunday mornings... A soft, snuggly kitty whose purring body vibrates under your caresses... These animals match up best with tactile, comfort-seeking Taurus. Your best pet is a true and constant companion — no aloof or escapist species for you. If you love cats, get yours while it’s still a kitten, so it can learn to be the cuddly sidekick you crave instead of the distant, unsociable creature some cats become. An intelligent, hardworking breed of dog, such as a Border Collie, appeals to your industrious side. You also might enjoy working with farm animals, whether as a large-breed veterinarian or by volunteering at a local farm, so you can rub shoulders with the bovines that symbolize your sign.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
Since communication and words are your artwork and your medium, a talkative pet, such as a parrot, makes a great addition to your life. You might also like a brightly colored snake that periodically sheds its skin or a chameleon that constantly changes colors, as both these animals appeal to your taste for variety. A frisky, playful ferret appeals to your sense of humor as well as your high energy, and could also be fun to research — after all, you’re an intellectual and a lifelong learner. If you want a less unusual pet, you might enjoy spending time with a cat. Being rather mercurial yourself, you relate to the Jeckyll-and-Hyde personality so many kitties possess.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
You like knowing you and your family are secure. For this reason, a good guard dog could become a true member of the family — as long as it’s a breed that can provide protection as well as companionship and devotion. Certain breeds of dog are both protective and good with children, such as Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers; both of these are larger dogs with intimidating barks that also love to romp and play, and that tend not to be aggressive. You might also enjoy keeping a pet hermit crab in an aquarium. Since yours is the sign of the Crab, you share a special bond with this animal that carries its home on its back and retreats into its shell when feeling vulnerable.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
As the sign of the Lion, you’re likely to have a special affinity for felines — a proud, gorgeous kitty that preens and postures as if on stage, and knows its rightful place as head of the household. You’re also quite family-oriented and love a good animal performer, so you might adore teaching tricks to a breed of dog like a Cocker Spaniel or a Golden Retriever (both of which have the side benefit of golden, leonine hair). A bird with magnificent plumage, such as a cockatoo or a macaw, might also appeal to the beauty-lover in you.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Yours is the sign of service, so when adopting a pet, try an animal rescue facility, where you can make a difference by bringing home a sweet, furry, and very grateful soul. You don’t mind pets that require a bit of assistance or maintenance, so you work well with dog breeds such as Boxers or German Shepherds that tend to have health issues. However, a nervous or temperamental pet will feed into your tendency toward anxiety. Avoid high-strung breeds such as Chihuahuas or Pomeranians, and go instead for a grounded, easygoing animal that will thrive under your devoted ministrations. Also, be prepared for it to take some time to bond with your new friend. You may warm up slowly, but once you fall in love, you’re a devoted pet companion for life.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
The sign of the Scales needs peace and harmony at home. Therefore, an aggressive dog or a temperamental cat that hissed and scratched would cause far too much stress for your amiable personality. Similarly, an overly demanding or undisciplined animal that required constant training or intervention would tax your energy and patience. Since you seek balance in all things and you’re naturally attracted to beauty, go for an affectionate, sociable animal with handsome markings, such as a gentle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Siamese cat, or a bird with bright plumage that can be trained to be gregarious.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
Complex, emotional, intense, secretive — these qualities describe not just your personality, but also your perfect pet. Your best furry friend might be a cat, as you get a kick out of these maddening, enigmatic creatures who seem to think they control the world. You might also be attracted to the beauty and mystery of a pet snake, tarantula or Emperor scorpion — all creatures others find frightening, but which you could find fascinating. A dog, however, may be the most likely animal to connect with you in a deeply emotional and satisfying way. A powerful wolf-dog hybrid or a sleek, strong Great Dane could nuzzle its way right into your heart.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, and there may be no better pet for a Sagittarius than a happy, friendly mutt. The easygoing, fun-loving, always-up-for-adventure personality of a dog is a great match for human companions who possess the same qualities. And what is a Sagittarius if not enthusiastic and adventurous? Even if you’re outward-bound to rugged parts unknown, your pup will adore going along for the ride. Of course, Sagittarius loves to travel, and bringing your dog to another country can pose complications in terms of required fees and quarantines. If you do decide to bring your furry friend when you relocate to a foreign land, be sure you have the details straight regarding vaccinations, paperwork and other legalities.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
If you’re like most Capricorns, you tend to spend a lot of time away from home, whether at the office or out with clients. Therefore, you need a pet that doesn’t require a lot of time or energy to care for. Plus, you’re thrifty, yet you also have expensive tastes. You might spring for a more expensive pedigreed animal if the breed simply appeals to you or fits your lifestyle. Just be sure to research your options carefully before committing. An undisciplined, clingy or high-maintenance animal will frustrate you. A Persian cat could be your perfect match, with its beauty, independence and fine reputation. If you balk at the thought of cleaning up all that fur, a hairless breed of feline could be an even better fit.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
With your eclectic tastes, an unusual or exotic pet is right up your alley. You’ll love the looks and comments you receive when friends see your pet boa constrictor draped around your shoulders or your hairless rat peeking out from a coat pocket. Your scientist’s mind may also be drawn toward animals that hold scientific appeal — an exotic fish or iguana, for example, or a highly intelligent rodent or domesticated pig. If you’re often holed up or away from home, pursuing a new project or adventure, avoid pets that require a lot of attention or frequent feedings. Though a cat isn’t exactly an exotic pet, this animal’s aloofness and self-sufficiency could be your best bet.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
When it comes to loving, tender-hearted Pisces, you rarely meet an animal you don’t want to bring home with you. Strays off the street, puppies in pet shop windows and rescue animals all pull at your heartstrings. You tend to connect intuitively, even psychically, with animals. If raising an animal in captivity hurts your soul, you could work with animals in another capacity, such as volunteering your time at a shelter. Swimming with dolphins is controversial, but if anyone would enjoy connecting with this highly intelligent, intuitive species, it’s you. Fish may not be the cuddliest of companions, but since they symbolize your sign, you share a special bond. Plus, it can be meditatively relaxing to enjoy the gentle bubbling and humming of their tank as the fish swim contemplatively inside, their scales shimmering and throwing off tiny rainbows of light.