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The Best Pet for You, Based on Your Zodiac

When choosing your new BFF, find out which pet best matches your energy.

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Time for a new friend?

Bringing a new pet into your home is a huge commitment. Pets have distinctive personalities just like humans do, so it’s important to find the one that best fits your lifestyle, living space, and behaviors. Professional astrologer and animal lover Rebecca M. Farrar believes it’s essential for people to find an energy within an animal that complements their own identity. She gave us some insight on what pet may be best suited for each zodiac sign based on her own studies and observations. Prefer lower-maintenance living things? This is the best houseplant for you, based on your zodiac sign.

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Aries tend to get bored quite easily and need a companion to match their energy. They are eager, dynamic, quick, and competitive. An energetic and active dog breed such as a Dalmatian, Labrador Retriever, German shepherd, or Border Collie will be perfect for keeping an Aries on their toes. If you’re only looking to adopt a pup, see which dog breed is most compatible with your zodiac sign.

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Just like most cats, Tauruses love to lounge around and enjoy the simple things in life. The pair can lie together and enjoy a warm patch of sunlight while taking a nap. Taurus are known for being strong, dependable, sensual, and creative, just like your favorite feline. Learn which cat breeds are most affectionate when choosing your new best friend.

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Geminis are talkative, expressive, and curious. What could be better for this sign than an animal that talks back? A bird such as a parrot could be a fun confidant to share ideas and words, while keeping both of you intellectually engaged. Don’t miss these hilarious bird photos if you need a little more convincing about getting a parrot.

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Cancers are protective, intuitive, sentimental, and compassionate. They value home life and comfort, so a cuddly bunny would make this sensitive sign feel even more at home. Find out your ideal Halloween costume based on your zodiac sign, too.

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“While it may seem cliche to say a cat for Leos, I do see a special affinity!” says Farrar. Leos (the Lion sign) are dramatic, outgoing, fiery, and self-assured. This sign channels the fierce side of cats, unlike the Taurus who emulates more of the sensual side. Check out these common “facts” about cats that are actually false.

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Virgos crave order and simplicity. This loyal, analytical, and practical sign would thrive with a small hamster, as Virgos love to spend time alone. Easy to clean up after, low-maintenance, and requiring little attention, hamsters would be the perfect pet for any Virgo. Besides a new pet, see what lucky things every zodiac sign needs to have this year.

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Libras are true romantics. A pair of lovebirds embodies the sweetness and beauty of a Libra. Check out the most ideal human best friend for each zodiac sign, too!

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“Scorpios often connect with the reptilian side of us and teach us to shed what no longer serves us…a lesson from Scorpio itself,” explains Farrar. Any reptile, scorpion, or spider could match the intensity of your inner Scorpio. No one loves chores, but you can take the edge off with your favorite chore according to your zodiac sign.

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A Sagittarius is an adventurous being that loves hiking and being outside. Like an Aries, a lively dog would suit this sign. A Jack Russell terrier, Siberian Husky, or Australian shepherd would make a great hiking partner. Check out these cute dog breeds as puppies for instant happiness.

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This hard-working earth sign flourishes on stability and routine, so a simple pet such as a guinea pig would be a great match. A guinea pig is easy to take care of, making it a practical choice for a practical sign. They are serious, disciplined, and independent just like the Capricorn. Next, find out the zodiac signs as cat breeds as well.

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An Aquarius is a quirky, fun-loving, original, and imaginative person, so a non-traditional pet would match their playful personality. A miniature pig could add a freshness to the life of an Aquarius that they need to prosper. Don’t miss how to best compliment each zodiac sign.

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This water sign, symbolized by a fish, would do well with their own aquarium. A Pisces is affectionate, empathetic, wise, and artistic. The underwater oasis could bring a new perspective and inspiration to their life.


Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.