Shitzu Puppies Names – A Compilation

shitzu puppies names

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, depending on where you are in the world and what course evolution or the pet market has taken over the years. Different humans favor different species of dog, preferring this one over that for a whole host of reasons. The Malinois, for instance, has the physique and drive to be one of the world’s most prized military working dogs. The greyhound is noted for its capacity as a racer, and the French Bulldog is considered by many to be an ideal companion dog. 

Each of these is a dog valued for its particular form – the more closely the dog meets very specific physical guidelines, the more useful it is to the owner. Other dogs, particularly the lighter and more easily portable ones, are valued not for their functionality, but simply for their curious appearance. The aptly-named ‘Toy’ weight class is replete with these breeds, selected for their unusual shapes and the many ways in which they ideal show dogs. 

A fine example of this is to be found in the Shitzu (or Shih Tzu) dog, a toy-sized Tibetian breed known for its small, flat face and the long, straight coat which is easily manipulated or decorated in any number of ways. Although of limited use in practical pursuits such as hunting or home protection, the Shitzu’s minimal size and relatively placid nature combined with the easily adorned coat have made it a frequent sight in the ring. 

Of course, when you have such a competitive dog to think about, there should be no question of calling it something run-of-the-mill. Your Shitzu puppy needs a title that will draw attention and make them stand out from the dogs around them wherever they’re entered.  Thankfully, the Shitzu’s particular physical characteristics make it easy to sculpt and dress so that any of the names below fit perfectly. 

These names tend to be more suitable for a male dog, and are, like the Shih Tzu, fairly short and fashionable. A few doggy clothes or a miniature haircut and your Shih Tzu should be all set. 

Recognize the cuteness with one of these adorable male Shih Tzu names.

Charlie

Max

Buddy

Jack

Scully

Odie

Milo

Alfie

Hank

Percy

Henry

Barkley

Patches

Rudy

Murphy

Wally

Spud

Fergus

Brody

Leo

Ernie

Chewie

Blue

Gizmo

Mickey

Scrappy

Frankie

Roscoe

Chance

Marley

Finn

Louie

Rascal

Cooper

Chase

Jax

As you may have noticed, most of these names are fairly plain, and no one would blame you if they didn’t truly make your dog stand out. Some of these are probably names that you pass in the workplace or at school on a daily basis. Here are some more uncommon handles that you might want to use to really make your dog stick in people’s minds; as with the list before, they are largely for male dogs, but you never know what name might strike your fancy. 

King

Kingsley

Prince

Alcott

Darcy

Asher

Ashton

Alfred

Francois

Edmond

Gatsby

Preston

Winston

Fairfax

Edwin

Archibald

Charleston

Duke

Emerson

Augustus

Kingston

Blake

Benedict

Desmond

Hudson

Redmond

Julius

Hamilton

Princeton

Vincent

Rockwell

Barnabus

Chaucer

Oliver

shitzu puppies names

While the above list is almost exclusively for names of male dogs, owners of female Shih Tzu puppies have no cause for alarm. There are plentiful names for a female Shitzu as well, with the same neat and punchy tone that these ones evoked. Here are some possibilities of what to name a female Shitzu. 

Gigi

Daisy

Chloe

Olive

Zoey

Lily

Poppy

Maisie

Mia

Willow

Luna

Izzy

Macy

Madison

Zoey

Rosie

Sophie

Hazel

Maggie

Petunia

Lola

Hannah

Emma

Jojo

Mittens

Piper

Gidget

Gertrude

Lucy

Dakota

Dixie

Josie

Paisley

Kona

Amelia

Sally

Nala

Phoebe

Reading any of these, you can almost see how cute a dog that name belongs to already. Your little Shih Tzu will be the apple of everyone’s eye up and down the block, especially while it’s still in puppyhood. If you’re looking for something just a little more conservative or dignified, here are a few more mysterious options you might want to try out: 

Fifi

Princess

Aspen

Lux

Bianca

Darling

Constance

Harper

Octavia

Juliet

Violet

Aurora

Theodora

Scarlette

Lady

Sabine

Stella

Evangeline

Violet

Camilla

Effie

Chanel

Genevieve

Victoria

Flora

Ainsley

Angelica

Charlotte

Evelyn

Natalia

Rosemary

Most of these names are in English, or at the very least from a European tongue of some kind, but the Shitzu is a Tibetian breed, and many Shitzu puppy owners want a name that reflects the dog’s origins. Here are some options with which to give your dog an authentic Tibetian name, and maybe even learn some Tibetian yourself.

shitzu puppies names

  1. Akar means ‘white crystal’
  2. Amala means ‘matriarch’, a great name if you have a female Shitzu you hope to raise for litters
  3. Amrita means immortality
  4. Boshay means amber, and is also the name for the Tibetian goddess of wealth
  5. Bhasundhara is the name for the goddess of success
  6. Ceba means ‘dear to hold’ or ‘cuddly’
  7. Cepla means apricot
  8. Chesa means greatness and is a common female name in Tibet
  9. Chime means everlasting
  10. Choden means devout
  11. Chomden refers to perseverance
  12. Dalha is the goddess of the moon
  13. Dichen means pleasure
  14. Dhargey means progress
  15. Diki is a combination of both health and wealth – who wouldn’t want that? 
  16. Dolma means motherhood
  17. Dronma means lantern
  18. Dorje is more a phrase than a name, and means ‘hard as diamond’
  19. Ekadzati is the Tibetian goddess of wisdom
  20. Ema is a cry of joy
  21. Gandhara is the name of a Tibetian kingdom that spread the teachings of the Buddha as far as Pakistan
  22. Garma is the Tibetian goddess of dance
  23. Gewa is the word for having positive karma
  24. Hariti is the Tibetian goddess thought to protect children
  25. Jaya means victory and is actually Sanskrit in origin as opposed to Tibetian
  26. Jampa is one of the names for the Buddha, meaning ‘loving kindness’
  27. Jamyang means ‘a gentle voice’ – use it if you hope your Shih Tzu doesn’t bark too much
  28. Karlha is the Tibetian goddess of the stars.
  29. Karma is one of the most popular Tibetian words in the world and refers to the belief that whatever good or bad you do for the world, the world will eventually do for you. 
  30. Khadroma indicates the beginning of something divine or holy
  31. Lhamo is a fiercely protective Tibetian goddess
  32. Lhatso is the name of a sacred lake in Tibetian mythology
  33. Lolha is the good-minded goddess of Tibetian lore
  34. Lumo is the Tibetian name for the mythical naga, a serpentine creature that lives under the sea
  35. Maya is a fairly common name in the rest of the world too. In Tibet, it is the name of the Buddha’s mother 
  36. Metog is the name for an early-blooming flower with a particularly sweet scent
  37. Michewa means ‘sent from heaven’
  38. Ngawang is a composite of several smaller Tibetian words and means ‘a powerful, moving speech’
  39. Pema is the word for the lotus flower found in several Asian countries
  40. Rinzen is the word for ‘genius’
  41. Ritveja is the female pronunciation of the word for monk
  42. Samaya means ‘a sacred promise
  43. Sangmu is a religious term for someone who takes it upon themselves to fill the world with kindness
  44. Sumati means ‘good thoughts 
  45. Tara is a deity often worshipped as a female reincarnation of the Buddha
  46. Yangchen is a composite word meaning ‘sacred girl’
  47. Poso means glory
  48. Rabga means ‘adorable’, an excellent choice for the tiny, elegant Shih Tzu
  49. Raldri means sword
  50. Sangye is one of the names of the Buddha, and means ‘full of virtue’ 
  51. Shigara means ‘rock solid’
  52. Tashi is the official title for the Dalai Lama’s spiritual deputy
  53. Tenpa is one of the words meaning ‘the Buddha’s way’
  54. Tenzin is the name of the Guardian of the Buddha Dharma
  55. Tobden means ‘power without equal’
  56. Torma means ‘magic stone’
  57. Tsering means ‘long life’, either for you or your Shih Tzu
  58. Tsewang means ‘empowered’ or ‘empowered life’ 
  59. Wangchuk means powerful
  60. Wangdak means protector
  61. Wangdue means conqueror
  62. Wangpo means ‘a sense of power’ – a big term for such a small dog, but yours should be able to handle it
  63. Yaden means neo-Tibetian
  64. Yeshi means wisdom
  65. Yonten means knowledge
  66. Zapa means Friday – a catchy name for dogs born on that day
  67. Zerdan means darkness
  68. Zopa means patience
  69. Zigsa means snow leopard
  70. Zonpa  means ‘young’ 

See Related Topic: Korean Dog Names

Conclusion

These may be ordinary words in Tibetian, but they make for excellent names for your little Shih Tzu – short, catchy, and surprisingly easy to pronounce even if Tibetian isn’t your native language. Just remember to pick one that you’ll be comfortable calling out in public – it’s relatively common for an innocent word in one language to have negative connotations in another, so you’ll want to check how the name sounds out loud in the local tongue before using it for your dog. 

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.

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