So your dog is a Leo and don’t you know it! There’s no mistaking a Leo dog, really, because these puppers are powered by the sun. Leo dogs crave the spotlight, love to be the center of attention, and enjoy nothing more than being showered with affection.
Represented by the regal lion (who, yes, may be a big cat), Leo dogs are natural-born leaders who take charge. While the lion is the king of the jungle, your dog is the king (or queen) of your home. They are as ambitious as they are fun-loving, and there’s never a dull moment with a Leo dog — they’ll make sure of it!
Leo Dates: July 23 to August 22
Symbol: The Lion
Ruling Planet: Sun
At their best, Leo dogs are empathetic pioneers who use their winning personalities and natural leadership skills not only to succeed, but to bring others along with them. They have commanding presences and the sound of their barks can quiet a whole room. Their charm is infectious and people (and other pets) tend to gravitate toward them — sometimes without even realizing it. With that power comes great responsibilities and most kind-hearted and truthful Leo dogs are up to the task. They aren’t likely to abuse their power as their natures are generally amiable, but a little ego-stroking can go a long way.
At their worst, Leo dogs can get too wrapped up in themselves, making them blind to others’ problems or needs. As fire signs, they can also be prone to aggressive behavior, especially when things aren’t going their way. When a Leo dog is in their element, nothing can stop them… and if you try, you can sometimes pay the price. Leo dogs are used to people and pets listening to them, hanging on every bark or howl, so when they feel like their authority is being challenged, they can prove to be very hard-nosed. Leo dogs are exceptionally passionate and can get caught up in their moods.
Leo dogs are born extroverts and feed off social interactions. Large, crowded settings make them feel recharged (instead of drained). In these situations, there is plenty of room for flattery, which Leo dogs can’t get enough of. No one likes being told “Good dog!” more than the Leo. But it’s not all compliments and games, Leo dogs are fiercely protective of the people and fellow pets they care for and will be a loud defender if anyone or any dog tries to speak out against them. That’s because the courageous lion dog doesn’t think twice about taking risks, especially when said risks yield high rewards.
It’s difficult for Leo dogs to be friends with each other as each giant personality is vying to be the center of attention. Like the sun that rules them, Leo dogs are the center of the known universe and anything that prevents others from actively recognizing that is an obstacle. And Leo dogs don’t like excessively challenging situations. They’ve been coasting on their charm, looks, and lucky streak for so long that they can’t deal with any snags. Leo dogs don’t like taking orders, so won’t necessarily be great for doing tricks… unless you can convince the Leo that the tricks will impress the whole room. That’s because they never like to do something just to do something; everything they do has to have some clear return. Like being the most popular pup in the room!