Shih Tzu Dog Names

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Introduction

The Shih Tzu literally means "little lion." The Shih Tzu has been the beloved pet of the Chinese Imperial family, and he has also been a beloved pet of an average American. Certainly, while he is a small dog, he does possess the heart of a lion. Some ancient texts mention a "lion-faced" dog, and many experts believe that this is the Shih Tzu (although he was not called such at the time). This tiny tyke is courageous, and he has a lion-sized personality to boot! Some Shih Tzu pet parents give their dogs names that fit their diminutive size while others choose a moniker that fits the personality of the individual dog.

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Shih Tzu Dog Names in Pop Culture

Shih Tzu Dog Name Considerations

When considering the personality traits of the Shih Tzu, it is no surprise that many people - from royalty to the Dalai Lama to every day Americans - are loyal fans of the breed. Some owners base the name of their Shih Tzu on individual characteristics such as behavior or coat color and pattern. Many owners choose a name that fits the diva-esque nature of the Shih Tzu. His propensity to make friends with most anyone endears him to everyone he meets. 

At one time, the Shih Tzu was considered so sacred that a person could only own a Shih Tzu if he or she was gifted the dog by the Dalai Lama. Marco Polo referred to the Shih Tzu as a dog who was capable of training lions; however, it is more likely that the Shih Tzu was placed there to calm lions down rather than actually train them. 

Some owners choose monikers for their pup that give a nod to the royal past of the Shih Tzu. Legend has it that the Imperial Shih Tzus had their own palace, and when the Empress T'zu Hsi entered the dog's accommodations, the little dogs would sit on their haunches and wave to her. Names such as Duchess, Princess, Duke, and Prince fit the royal past of the Shih Tzu. Other owners make give the dog a name such as Muffin or Cuddles that demonstrate the dog's companionship and general cuteness. 

Male Shih Tzu Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
8
Nipper
Meaning "a small boy"
7
Alfie
Meaning "elf counsel", the Shih Tzu could remind its owner of elves
7
Choo Choo
Queen Elizabeth's Shih Tzu
7
Harry
Short for Harold, meaning "an army commander", can also refer to Prince Harry
7
Karma
Fate or destiny, a belief of Buddhism
6
Pickles
An American food soaked in vinegar; often viewed as a cute name for small dogs
6
Rascal
Meaning "one who is mischievous"
5
Snuggles
Refers to "one who enjoys sitting closely"
4
Cookie
Often given to a dog to describe his sweetness
4
Einstein
As in Albert Einstein, also refers to a highly intelligent dog
4
Lionel
A play on the word lion; can also refer to the fact that Shihs Tzus were called lion dogs
4
Riley
A canine named Riley is "valiant and warlike"
4
Scamp
Meaning "a mischievous youngster"
3
Bailey
Meaning "bailiff, law enforcer", the Shih Tzu was a guard for Tibetan monasteries
3
Charlie
Meaning "strong", the Shh Tzu has a strong hold on his owner's heart
3
Duke
Highest rank below the monarch
3
Leon
A play on the word "lion"
3
Nibbles
Meaning "to take small bites", perfect for a spunky pooch
3
Oscar
Meaning "a fighter for God"
2
Muffin
A small, cup-shaped cake
1
Beau
Meaning "handsome", the Shih Tzu is generally well-groomed
1
Bing
One of Mariah Carey's twin Shih Tzus is named Bing
1
Prince
A rank in nobility
0
Amigo
Spanish for "friend", denotes the friendship bond of the Shih Tzu and his owner
0
Chewie
Can refer to the propensity of the dog to chew
-1
Bubbles
Meaning "irrepressible activity", can refer to the activity level of the Shih Tzu
-1
Chen
"Treasure" is the meaning of the name
-2
Cognac
A type of French brandy
-2
Oreo
A popular American snack cookie, can refer to a dog with black and white coloring
-3
King
Sovereign ruler

Female Shih Tzu Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Cosette
One of the lead characters of Les Miserables
6
Petunia
A summer flower; a Looney Toons character as well (Petunia Pig)
5
Mimi
A variation of Mary
5
Mitzi
Meaning "a perfect one"
4
Anais
A brand of perfume
4
Blossom
A blooming flower; a popular television show in the 1990s
4
Autumn
One of the four seasons, and a popular girls' name
4
Bitsy
Can refer to the smallness of size of the Shih Tzu
4
Bonita
Spanish, meaning "pretty"
4
Dolly
Spanish, meaning "lady of sorrow", the Shih Tzu will definitely chase her owner's sorrow away
4
Honeychild
The name of Nicole Richie's Shih Tzu
4
Jinx
Meaning "believed to bring bad luck"
3
Diva
The name of Fantasia Barrino's Shih Tzu
2
Brittany
A Britain female
2
Gucci
Refers to the fashion line
1
Bianca
Meaning "white or pure", alludes to the glamour of the Shih Tzu
1
Gigi
Short for Gilberta, meaning "bright pledge"
1
Princess
One who is a member of the royal family
0
Calliope
Meaning "beautiful face and voice", for the elegant pup
0
Duchess
The wife of a Duke, a noblewoman
0
Fifi
A popular name for small dogs
0
Precious
One who is beloved
0
Tinkerbell
A Disney character; often refers to the smallness of a dog
-1
Candy
Often refers to the sweetness of a dog
-1
Felicia
Meaning "joyous one", the Shih Tzu brings much joy to her owners
-1
Petal
Refers to a flower petal
-2
Lily
A flower often found by bodies of water
-3
Kia
A brand name of car, typically a small car
-3
Libby
Short for Elizabeth, as in Queen Elizabeth (who owns her own Shih Tzu)
-3
Sundae
A dessert, often refers to the sweetness of a dog

Community Dogs with Shih Tzu Names

Cooper's name story for Shih Tzu Dog Names
Cooper
Male
Shih Tzu
Orlando, FL

Cooper sounds cute and friendly and it fits this dog perfectly

Oreo's name story for Shih Tzu Dog Names
Oreo
Female
Shih Tzu
Waldorf, MD

She has a black and white face, her body is white and she has no tail and her butt is black. Hence the name Oreo.