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Dating a Cancer man

Lorna Cowan / 10 June 2019 ( 16 August 2019 )

Is he a Cancerian? The Cancer male is sentimental but he’s no fool. Find out what it’s like to date a Cancer man.

Cancer male
Cancer can be a passionate companion who will be kind and considerate.

22 June – 22 July
Water sign

Characteristics of a Cancer man

The Cancerian man develops strong bonds with everyone he meets – he’s the bloke who is still in touch with his school mates and the chums he made at college. And when he wraps his arms around you, you’ll understand why – he instantly makes you feel safe and secure. Just don’t let him squeeze you too hard. 

The Cancer male is also known to smother the ones he loves, and when he has a firm hold on you, he is not letting go. Fatherhood often gives him a sense of purpose, and if he’s not a dad, you’ll still be able to spot him – going gooey over a baby or puppy.

The Cancer man in love

This star sign would never be tempted to elope or do something rash in the name of love. But in time, your male Cancerian can be a passionate companion who will be kind and considerate. 

Once the Cancer man knows you can be trusted, you’ll be astonished by the way he tunes in to your emotions, always knowing what’s best for you, and finding a way of getting it. Be warned though, he holds grudges for a lifetime and just when you think everything is going swimmingly, he’ll bring up the past.

First date conversation tips

How to date a Cancer man

The Cancer male loves nothing better than to snuggle up for a cuddle, so make the most of it. Be tactile. Gently touch him at every opportunity. You can guarantee he’ll reciprocate.

It’s a good idea to get along with everyone he knows too, especially any females in the family. If you don’t get their approval, then the relationship will be over before it’s even started. Better be on your best behaviour then when meeting his family.

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How NOT to date a Cancer man

He’s a sensitive kindly soul, so keep calm in his company. Don’t get angry with the driver in the car in front of you, or tut at a waitress in a restaurant. He hates any type of friction, preferring everyone to get along.

When asking a Cancer male out on a date, don’t approach him in public, or put him on the spot in front of others. You’ll only make him panic and probably say no. Instead, drop him a text or email, or get him alone.

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The perfect date

The Cancer male is proud of his home and often prefers a night in rather than a date out. So dim the lights, snuggle up on the sofa, and get him to choose a movie. Chances are he’ll pick a slushy sentimental saga - have the hankies ready.

He’s a water sign through and through and loves being by the sea. Therefore the perfect date should involve water. A trip to the coast where you can hire a kayak or paddle board would be fun. Or head to a river, jump in a boat and start rowing.

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A Pisces complements the Cancer male. Both signs have a tendency to be sensitive, but the Pisces is normally more upbeat so keeps the relationship bouncing along nicely. Another good match is a Taurus.

The Cancerian male really shouldn't fall for another Cancer, though. Yes, you will respond well to each other’s emotional needs, but sitting at home you’ll just be a pair of worriers. Avoid all the Fire signs – they don’t have the patience to commit to you.

Famous Cancer males: Benedict Cumberbatch, Harrison Ford, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Robert Winston


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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