Shih Tzu Dog Names by Janice Jones |Last Updated 10-20-2022
Can't decide what to name your new Shih Tzu puppy?
We've done a little research and came up with a list of some popular dog names by breed based on what our puppy buyers have chosen as the perfect Shih Tzu puppy dog names.
This is what we found out about Shih Tzu owners: Shih Tzu owners tend to choose names based on a variety of criteria.
Some owners like to call their dogs by names that remind them of delicious foods such as Cupcake, Cookie, Candy, Brownie, or Smores. Twinkie, Pretzel, or Crackers.
Read more about dog names based on food
Since Shih Tzu dogs seem more like children than pets, their owners will choose a name based on popular boy and girl names. Names that are chosen by new parents-to-be are also used by dog owners-to-be.
Look at any name list and you are likely to see dogs named Eva, Izzi, Sophia and Emily. If the fur baby is a boy, you might find names such as Noah, Jacob, Liam and Jackson.
More traditional human names remain popular such as Charlie and Sam but the trend tends to be on the road toward unique and unusual.
Sometimes it is acceptable to choose
a more common name but find a unique spelling to make it more distinctive.
Think of all the ways you could spell the name Zoe—
Zoey, Zoie, Zoy, Zoee.
Many Shih Tzu dog owners want a name that describes their dog's personality or mocks the real temperament of the Shih Tzu dog.
Cute names that fall into this category include Cuddles, Sweetheart, Cutie Pie, Baby Doll, Shadow, Buddy, Sassy, or Precious.
Those names that mock the true nature of the Shih Tzu personality include Bear, Bruiser, Samson and Tiger.
Names that depict the size of the dog are also very popular
such as Pixie, Peanut, Tiny, Dwarf, Tink, Tinkerbell, Speck, Poco if you want to describe the small nature of this breed.
Some will name their tiny dogs with big names
such as Samson, Alpha, Hercules, Zeus or Merlin, Diesel, Giant, or Bear.
Because Shih Tzu dogs seem so noble in nature, many owners will choose a regal name such as Princess, Queen, Duke, or Starr.
Sometimes Shih Tzu owners will name their dogs
after real life royalty such as Elizabeth, Victoria, Charles, or Henry. Have you considered Diana, Fergie, Anastasia,
Since the Shih Tzu breed originated in Asia, some Shih Tzu owners want to use a Chinese or other Asian name.
Popular names in this category include Ming Sue, Mei Ling, Mei Lee, Saki, Bonsai, Haiku, Sushi, Yoshi, Kim-chi, Geisha, Chang, Chopsticks, Chow Mein, Honda, Hoshi, Kabuki, Kei-ko, Ling-Ling, Suki, Sumo, Tokyo, Tori, Yang, Yoko, Tai Pan
Famous dog or animal names are still always popular
including Snoopy, Benji, Marley, Bob and Blue.
Other tried and true names include Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Beethoven and Winn-Dixie.
There is always a Disney character that will share his name your Tzu. Consider Micky, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Daffy, Jasmine, Mulan, Bambi, or Alice. Lion, King,
Some new techno names have emerged in the last few decades that people will use to name their dog. Consider the following
What do Shih Tzu puppies resemble? Many think they look like a character from Star Wars. Flat faced lovable characters such as Chewbacca or Chewy for short. It's not a stretch to imagine that may Shih Tzu puppies are named after characters from the the Star Wars Movies. In fact, so many of my puppies have been named from memorable characters that I couldn't resist the temptation to add a few here "just for the record." AND yes, even a few of my own mamas and papas have those names because, I too, love Star Wars, Check out our mama's and papas pages for Princess Leia and Obi Won-Tzu-Nobi.
Rex (Captain Rex)
The names of this list below are actual names given by Shih Tzu puppy buyers to give you some ideas to inspire your creativity. You can also check out More top Shih Tzu names for more ideas.
Did I forget to list your dog's name? My apologies. Just contact me and remind me to add it to the list.
There are a five thoughts to keep in mind when naming that sweet fur baby. The name you decide should follow certain canine rules. My Shih Tzu puppy buyers are extremely clever about their Shih Tzu puppy's name. Here are some of those names that come immediately to mind.
By that I mean that dogs
tend to learn their names, but will only pay attention to the first syllable.
If you ever wondered why we only use one syllable words when training such as
sit, stay, come, or heel, it is for this very reason. So when your dog's name
is Chocolate Smores, for example, the dog is going to hear "Chock."
This does not mean that you must come up with a name that has only one
syllable. If you have more than one dog, consider each name careful. Dogs seem to know each other by the names we give them.
The second thing to keep in mind regarding this first syllable rule is to choose a unique name that does not have the same first sound as another person in the household. This can be very confusing to the dog.
It is acceptable to choose a name with the same letter as long as the beginning sound is different. For example, it would be very confusing to two pets in the same household named Alexander and Alexandra. It would be OK to name two pets Abby and Alexander.
A third thing to keep in mind is that dogs do learn their names and you should use their names frequently. When training a dog to perform a new trick, it's always easy to say the dog's name first, then the command. "Zoey, Sit."
Using your puppy's name in a happy tone and praising them when they respond will go a long way towards training. Once the dog knows his name, it is much easier to call out the name and then a command.
The Fourth factor to keep in mind when choosing a name is how well it will stand the test of time. I once named a dog of mine, Geordi after a Star Trek character popular at the time. By the time this little dog reached the ripe old age of 18, only die-hard “Trekkie” fans could relate to the name, even though the dog probably did not care.
Finally, it is so important to understand that you will be calling your dog’s name numerous times a day, in your own home and out in public. Make sure that the name you choose works equally well in the quiet of your home and on a noisy street.
Think about how you will feel when your dog has gotten away from you and you are trying to retrieve it. Can you see yourself yelling your dog to come home, “lovey-dovey-sweetie-pie, come home to mama.”
Remember too, that others are likely to need to call your dog by his name. Don't embarrass your vet tech, groomer, day care worker, or dog walker with names that they might not want to use in public.
Every name has a story to tell. What's Yours? Care to Share?
Just to get you started, I'll share a name I've chosen for dogs I've owned.
Clifford (a beautiful red and white Shih Tzu -- You'll find his picture scattered around this website. His registered name is Clifford, my little red dog. He's named after Clifford, The Big Red Dog (children's book and TV show). Now it's your turn.
How did you choose your dog's name. Please share your story.
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