Ox - Dog Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology


On the face of it, the Ox and Dog may not seem to have a compatible relationship – driven as they are by many opposing traits. And yet their respective characteristics could well serve to support each other in a relationship should the partners decide to put their love first, instead of their individual compulsions.

High points of an Ox-Dog love match

The secret to a compatible Ox and Dog pairing could lie in the fact that each holds values like honesty and duty in high regard. The Dog especially has a keen sense of righteousness which is why once he/she feels sure about a relationship, he/she is likely to give their all. In fact the ancient Chinese sages considered the Dog as the Giver of Life since they are prepared to sacrifice their own dreams, ambitions and desires for the sake of others, particularly for those they love. This is likely to go down very well with an Ox partner who looks for security in relationships like elsewhere in life. The Dog has a natural protective instinct and can be by turns, deeply caring and fierce where the well-being of a partner is concerned. The Ox is likely to reciprocate this kind of intense belonging with an equally deep sense of commitment and loyalty. In all, this pair has the basic tools to enjoy a long and committed relationship.

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Even more importantly, the Ox and Dog in love are likely to bring together qualities with which they can complement each other. The Ox is the perfect partner to provide a firm anchor to the Dog’s mercurial character – since the latter is easily troubled by the ups and downs of life, the calm and stolid Ox will be able to provide emotional support and soothe his/her Dog partner’s frayed nerves. Likewise the Ox can be led by an excessive practicality to become dry and materialistic. At such times the Dog’s idealistic nature can lift the relationship on higher ground and offer a deeper dimension to the couple’s concerns.

When working as business partners too, the Ox and Dog have a strong likelihood of compatibility. Besides being hardy workers, they both have clear goals and high standards. While the Ox has a knack for making sound investments because of their practical natures, the Dog is capable of working with careful attention and sense of purpose, once having being hooked to a project. And though they are not very good at managing their personal finances, the Dog would never cheat or mislead a partner – something that the Ox would be highly appreciative of.

Challenges of an Ox-Dog love match

The biggest hurdle to the Ox and Dog pair could lie in their opposing compulsions. While the Ox is practical and down-to-earth, the Dog is often highly idealistic, even going so far as to become irrational and obstinate. Thus a relationship between these two animal signs may often feel the effect of contrary inner compulsions with the result that each would want to pull in a different way. The clash between practical materialism and high-flying righteousness could create significant stress between the Ox and Dog even though neither may have personal issues with the other.

Then again both the Ox and Dog can be quite stubborn in their own ways and this may eventually bode ill for a relationship which requires constant adjustments for long term success. The Dog deeply values honor and truth and is usually among the first to speak out against injustice and champion the cause of the downtrodden. All this can make the Dog can get quite opinionated and fixed in their ideals. Frequently this character becomes stubborn in the extreme since they know what is right and what they want and will not be convinced otherwise. An equally obstinate streak marks the Ox as well even though in this case, it is more often a symptom of an intrinsic resistance to change and a deeply traditional mindset. In the event that the two lock horns over an issue, neither will be willing to back down and to make matters worse, the Dog may even give free reign to his/her sharply critical tongue. All this strain could lead the relationship to fall apart.

Also the Dog’s emotional insecurity could create problems for this zodiac pair. When kept happy and busy in a committed relationship, the Dog will prove exceedingly loyal and helpful. However he/she constantly needs to be told by a partner how wonderful and special they are and only then do they really feel good about being in a relationship. Since this personality depends so much on feedback from others, he/she is prone to straying in personal relationships; when feeling unloved or neglected, the Dog can look for appreciation elsewhere and one thing can quickly lead to another. The Ox on the other hand feels very strongly about infidelity and is among those animal signs which can break up over perceived or actual straying on the part of a lover.

In the end it is up to the two individuals on how they handle their mutual differences. If the Ox can provide emotional security and a calming influence for his partner and if the Dog can ground his/her idealistic and adventurous nature to the benefit of their relationship, the two have every chance to enjoy a compatible love match.