We have gathered the very best Shih Tzu names here for you, together with tips and ideas for creating some unique names of your own. Our names are grouped into helpful collections based on different themes, including male puppies, female puppies, cute names, funny names, flower names, and more! It can be surprisingly hard to come up with the right name for your Shih Tzu, especially if you have to share this important decision with other family members. So we’ll give you some tips for making your final choice too. Let’s get started – it’s going to be fun!
Gathering ideas for Shih Tzu dog names
It’s a great idea to gather lots of name ideas before you start building a short list of your favorites. A good way to do this is just to randomly scribble words that could be used as names all over a large sheet of paper. Try not to judge each word on its value as a Shih Tzu name, just get it down on paper. You can select the best later. This process enables you to be creative and helps your brain come up with more ideas.
Naming Your Shih Tzu
Before diving into the world of Shih Tzu puppy names, there are a couple of points to consider. You’ll want your puppy to be able to recognize and respond quickly to their name. So even if you choose a longish name, you’ll probably find yourself using a short and sweet version most of the time. Bear this in mind when you start gathering ideas
While every dog is unique, there are some distinct characteristics you can expect to see in a Shih Tzu. Playful and affectionate these cute little dogs are also happy to spend time relaxing at home. All of these traits can be seen as a reflection of their ancestors’ lives as “palace pets” hundreds of years ago in imperial China!
Shih Tzu are also distinctive in their appearance. These dogs, small enough to be put in the “toy breed” category, have beautiful, distinctive, flowing coats, and a hard-to-place but adorable facial expression. Frequently Shih Tzu have coats of black, white, or a mix of both. There are other possibilities too, including blue, gold, red, and silver, and these colors can often be a starting point for a themed name collection. Now that you know more about the Shih Tzu, let’s give you some suggestions, for Shih Tzu names for male puppies.
Male Shih Tzu Names
In this section, as well as the next on female name ideas, we will focus on “standard” human names for your Shih Tzu puppy. Remember, when training your puppy, or just calling for your buddy from one side of the room to another, chances are you won’t want to be bogged down by a four-syllable name, just for the sake of appearances.
For these reasons, this and the following section will try to choose longer names carefully, many of which can be easily shortened to nicknames, along with some shorter, and still dignified names. Here are some names for male Shih Tzu puppies:
Female Shih Tzu Names
We’ve picked out some stately, even queen-like names for a female Shih Tzu. While some are sort and sweet, others are several syllables, but can also be shortened to nicknames. It’s up to you which way to go.
Here are some ideas to help you get started!
Flower Names For Shih Tzus
A floral theme is a great place to start gathering ideas for this pretty breed of dog. Here are some of our favorites to get you started
Cute Shih Tzu Names
With their playful and affectionate personalities, Shih Tzu dogs seem to be made for cute names. Their small size, flowing coat, and big eyes arguably make them one of the more precious, adorable dog breeds.
We’ve used these traits to offer some suggestions for cute Shih Tzu names.
Chinese Shih Tzu Names
We briefly mentioned Shih Tzu being “palace pets.” This actually goes back to China hundreds of years ago, where Shih Tzu were kept by rulers within imperial courts. They were especially present in Peking courts, specifically as both a pet and companion for royalty. Shih Tzu, sharing the name of “lion dogs” with several similar breeds, were so valued that they literally marched alongside humans in official processions.
As Sharon Lynn Vanderlip explains in The Shih Tzu Handbook, such “lion dogs” would follow “at the heels of emperors and empresses” Given this rich history, it would be wrong for us not to include some Chinese dog names for Shih Tzu. Most of these names will stem from terms for royalty, beauty, power, and affection. Of course, going this route means taking special note of Chinese pronunciation, which in general can take a bit of practice. Still, we think these potential names would be well worth the extra linguistics homework!
- Gongzu (Princess)
- Nuwang (Queen)
- Keai (Cute)
- Wangquan (Royalty)
- Junzhu (Monarch)
- Meili (Beautiful)
- Shunu (Lady)
- Zu (Lord)
- Guowang (King)
- Huangdi (Emperor)
- Huanghou (Empress)
- Bo (Precious)
- Shizi (Lion)
- Juhua (Chrysanthemum)
- Ganqing (Affection)
- Qinre (Affectionate)
- Zhengui (Precious)
- Keai (Lovely)
- Chongbai (Adored)
- Heai (Kindly)
- Qiangda (Powerful)
- Jilie (Fierce)
- Tiaopi (Playful)
- Emo (Imp)
- Ezuoju (Mischievous)
- Banlu (Companion)
- Reqing (Warmth)
- Qiangdu (Strength)
- Yonggan (Brave)
- Chundu (Purity)
- Kekao (Trustworthy)
- Pengyou (Friend)
- Xiyue (Joy)
Black and White Shih Tzu Names
Appearance is often a key inspiration in naming a pet. Shih Tzu come in many colors, with either a one-color coat or various combinations of different colors. Some of the more commonly seen coats are all black, white, or a combination of the two.
Here are a few ideas for Shih Tzu names for black and white pups. Some may be more fitting than others, depending on the ratio of black to white coloring.
- Milky Way
Golden Names For Shih Tzu Dogs
Famous Shih Tzu Names
Back in their days in China as palace pets, Shih Tzu were often called “lion dogs,” the “chrysanthemum-faced dog,” and, perhaps strangest sounding of all, the “sleeve dog.” This last term referred to their small size, as they traveled easily within the sleeves of the well-dressed elite.
Any one of these terms could make for a vivid mental picture in our heads for the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu breed just doesn’t quit with its distinctive identity (or in this case, identities)!
While these three terms were used to describe Shih Tzu in general, we can use these names as a jumping-off point for further name suggestions. The main ideas we’ll use here will be based on the Shih Tzu association with the fierceness of a lion, the beauty and delicacy of a flower, and their historical precedence for providing a source of revered, valuable companionship. Here are some ideas for Shih Tzu names:
Celebrity Shih Tzu Names
The Shih Tzu history does not end there, of course.
These “toy breed” dogs are very popular today, shown in part by the number of Western celebrities that have opted for their own palace dogs.
Most of the Shih Tzu names here are unconventional, and even if you don’t have a particular affinity toward the celebrities mentioned here, you may find yourself attracted to the names they’ve chosen.
Here are some names, accompanied by their star/starlet owner:
- Honey Child (Nicole Richie)
- Sumo (Susie Essman
- Bella (Rebecca Mader)
- Munchie (Beyonce)
- Moulin Rouge (Zsa Zsa Gabor)
- Choo Choo (Queen Elizabeth)
- Bing and Bong (Mariah Carey)
- Bonny (Colin Farell)
- Lollipop (Andie MacDowell)
- Harry (Geri Halliwell)
- Balmer (Bill Gates)
- Legend (Jacinda Barrett)
- Panda (Betty White)
- Rusty (David Hasselhoff)
- Sebastian (Vanessa Williams)
Funny Shih Tzu Names
Sometimes one of the most enjoyable ways to name a puppy can be in an ironical sense, dramatically playing on some of the more over-the-top traits of the puppy in question. And, no offence to the Shih Tzu, but their appearance especially lends itself to this train of thought, along with their royal heritage.
And, of course, there’s their playful, mischievous nature and overall relaxed, home-body lifestyle.
Here are some funny Shih Tzu names, some obvious, some not so obvious.
- Doofus (my personal favorite!)
Best Shih Tzu Names
Finding the right name for a new pet can seem intimidating, and understandably so. With Shih Tzu names in particular, there are many different directions to go because it is such a unique, distinctive breed. Having many options can quickly turn into having too many options. But once you have gathered together as many ideas as you can, it’s time to make a shortlist of the best Shih Tzu names you have found. We recommend you pin up a selection of your favorites in the heart of your home. The kitchen is usually the best place. Over the next few days, you can remove your least favorite name each day, until there is only one left!
If you’re still drawing a blank for naming your Shih Tzu, build some more name collections – think of your favorite movies, TV shows, books, video games, and the like, for further inspiration. We hope this article has provided you with several good ideas, or even the one perfect idea for naming your Shih Tzu.
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- Vanderlip, Sharon Lynn. The Shih Tzu Handbook. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2004.
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