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What to Know About Dating a Capricorn

By Amelia Quint

If you’re curious about dating a Capricorn, don’t let their reputation for being bossy and business-minded intimidate you. In reality, they’re hardworking, achievement-oriented lovers who put just as much effort into their relationships as they do their careers. Ahead, we break down everything you need to know about dating a Capricorn, from what they expect in a partner to their strengths in a relationship. 

What’s it like to date a Capricorn?

If you’ve matched with a Capricorn on Bumble, that’s a compliment in itself. This no-nonsense sign is serious about everything, dating included, and they’re particularly selective about who they spend their time with. They’ll expect you to have a plan, so be specific about when, where, and how you’ll connect, whether it’s as simple as a coffee date or complicated as a weekend away. (In fact, calendar invitations might be one of their love languages!) If you’re looking for ideas, they love any opportunity to experience the best of something, whether it’s the top-rated local pizza, a legendary dive bar, or a well-reviewed play. For Capricorn, it doesn’t have to be expensive to be high quality and worth savoring, especially if they’re with great company.

When you’re dating a Capricorn, they’ll be genuinely excited to hear about what you do for a living. They’re passionate about their careers and want you to be too! Also, don’t be surprised if they treat the first date a little like a job interview for the position of “significant other”—these committed partners want to make sure you’re the right fit for the role. They’re practical, and that down-to-earth quality gives them a wry sense of humor that’s sure to keep you laughing. 

What’s a Capricorn like in a relationship?

It’s no secret that getting a Capricorn to take time off might be a challenge, but the good news is that they’ll be equally as committed to doing the work when it comes to your relationship. These dependable partners show their love by making sure that everything’s taken care of. With Capricorn’s business skills, they’re excellent at handling mundane details, but they’re just as skilled at coming to the emotional rescue of the people they care about. They can always calm you down with some grounded advice or a great joke before you start spiraling. 

More than anything, Capricorn love compatibility comes down to being present with each other. They’re always right there when you need them, but they care a lot about reciprocity and expect you to do the same. If you’re with one, don’t be late or distant, or let them know if you can’t show up fully so they can support you (which they’ll happily do). 

What zodiac signs is a Capricorn compatible with?

Most compatible: earth and water signs

If you’re wondering who Capricorns are compatible with, look no further than fellow earth signs Taurus and Virgo. The earth element is all about reliability, steadiness, and building something beautiful, which is exactly what Capricorn craves in a relationship. Taurus and Capricorn enjoy the finer things in life together, while Virgo and Capricorn thrive when they pursue shared goals and support each other’s passion projects.

Alternately, Capricorn makes a great match with water signs Scorpio and Pisces. They both have the emotional intelligence to understand Capricorn’s subtle way of expressing themselves. Scorpio and Capricorn invest in each other’s success, while Pisces and Capricorn understand each other on an intuitive level.

Less compatible: cardinal signs

Confident Capricorn can often become the de facto leader in any situation, but when they’re paired up with fellow cardinal signs like Cancer, Libra, and Aries, power struggles can emerge. While Capricorns are driven by a desire to build a legacy through meaningful work, there’s often a difference in goals among these signs, with Cancer putting home life first, Libra favoring partnership, and Aries prioritizing personal creativity. But even so, if they can align their ambitions, they can make it work!

The bottom line for dating a Capricorn

Capricorns hold themselves to a high standard, and that’s exactly what makes dating them so special. You can always count on them to bring their best self to your relationship, and they’re forever striving to be better than they were the day before. They work hard, but they’re just as committed to playing hard—and they’ll enjoy it even more with you by their side. If you’re looking for someone who takes love seriously, Capricorn is your perfect match!