There are hundreds of great Shih Tzu names to choose from. From cute options, cool choices, or even tough names!
Let’s find out which one will be best for your pup:
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But if you’re looking for even more inspiration, keep reading!
If so, chances are you’re about to get a new Shih Tzu puppy or rescue dog.
And this means that congratulations are in order!
Naming your new puppy or rescue is fun and exciting, but did you know that naming your new dog is also an important part of the bonding process?
Perhaps you already have a few names in mind, or maybe you are totally stumped.
Either way, this article is sure to thrill you.
But before we take a look at some of the best Shih Tzu names around, let’s talk more about the importance of naming your Shih Tzu.
Naming Your New Shih Tzu
Before you decide on some fun, cute, or silly names, it’s important to think about the long term.
Keep in mind that the name you choose for your Shih Tzu is going to be a name you repeat often and every day.
Make sure the Shih Tzu name you decide on is something you are comfortable repeating in public.
This includes the dog park, the veterinarian’s office, and any other place you may go with your Shih Tzu pal.
You should also consider your pup.
Learning a Name
Most dogs can learn their names in as little as two weeks.
But they seem to latch on quicker to names with two syllables like Bailey.
As opposed to names with only one syllable like Max or three or more syllables like Dalilah.
And remember, when teaching your Shih Tzu his or her name, positive reinforcement is always the best and most effective way of teaching!
For more on how you can use positive reinforcement in your everyday life with your dog, click here!
All right, now that you’re primed on the importance of dog naming, let’s talk about some perfect Shih Tzu names!
Most Popular Shih Tzu Names
These are great names for the dog owner who loves to stay up with trends.
And we must say, they are also pretty adorable.
Take a look for yourself!
More Popular Ideas
If you didn’t find the name you were looking for in this list but want more popular dog names, visit us here.
But what if you are looking for gender-specific names?
Keep reading for some beautiful names perfect for your ladylike Shih Tzu!
Female Shih Tzu Names
While there are no real rules when it comes to looking at names for your Shih Tzu, this is a list of Shih Tzu girl names.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t name your male dog one of these adorable female Shih Tzu names.
And we won’t be surprised if you fall in love with our Shih Tzu puppy names female list.
It’s pretty darn precious.
More Female Names
Want an even larger list of female-inspired names?
Click here for a list of ladylike names that will totally inspire you!
Of course, if you would prefer to stick with gender norms, or if you just want to look at some boy names, then you’re in luck.
Below is a list of twenty rough-and-tumble Shih Tzu boy names just for you.
Male Shih Tzu Names
These male names are way too cute, and we must admit, we love boy names for girl dogs too.
So whether you’re in need of some Shih Tzu male puppy names or you just like the way Shih Tzu male dog names roll off the tongue regardless of the sex of your dog, we’ve got you covered!
Here are some of our favorite Shih Tzu names for boys!
More Male Names
And for more boy-inspired and masculine sounding dog names, visit us here!
Or else you can keep reading, because we are about to put some swaggy in your Shih Tzu’s waggy.
Ready for some crazy cool sounding names?
We can’t get over the ridiculous swagger of each and every one of the cool names below.
If your Shih Tzu is basically Elvis reincarnated, then you’re in luck.
We think these might be perfect for that too-cool-for-school Shih Tzu of yours.
More Cool Ideas
If you didn’t feel the chill you were hoping for while reading the above list of cool Shih Tzu names, no worries.
We’ve got loads more cool dog names to pick from right here!
And if cool isn’t your thing, that’s fine too.
We’ve got tons of adorable names coming right up!
Cute Shih Tzu Names
Let’s face it: Shih Tzu dogs are super cute.
So it comes as no surprise that you may want to look at some super cute Shih Tzu names to match.
Well, look no more and get ready to go gaga over this list of way-too-cute Shih Tzu dog names!
More Cute Choices
And for even more insanely cute Shih Tzu names, visit us here!
Of course, if you’re still not sold on the cute factor, maybe you’ll be sold on the funny factor.
While Shih Tzu dogs are super cute, they are also known for their funny personalities and playful dispositions.
These little comedians deserve names as hilarious as they are, don’t you think?
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of twenty hysterical names to keep you and your friends and family laughing.
See for yourself!
- Sniffy Longdroppings
- Mary Puppins
- Madam Dog
- Joan of Bark
- Andy War-howl
- Fleasy E
- Sir Barkington
- Queen of Barkness
- Lady Paw Paw
- Flat-Faced Finn
- Toodle Lou
Shih Tzu dogs are on the smaller side, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t badass!
Your tough Shih Tzu deserves a name as hardcore as he or she is.
Looking for even more tough dog names?
If you are looking for a name that is totally out of this world and completely off the wall, then you’ve found the right list.
This is the perfect list of names for the dog parent who is all about standing out, being unique, and never going with the flow.
- Shiitake Mushroom
More Unique Ideas
Is this list still not unique enough for you and your Shih Tzu?
Click here for an even larger list of unique dog names to choose from!
Chinese Shih Tzu Names
It’s no secret that Shih Tzu dogs have Chinese ancestry.
So why not pay homage to your dog’s incredible past by picking out some Chinese names?
Take a look at this list of beautiful and meaningful Chinese dog names for Shih Tzu dogs.
- Chun Hua (Spring Flower)
- Lee (Plum)
- Lian (Dainty)
- Dong-Mei (Winter Plum)
- Ming-Hua (Elite)
- Gan (Bold)
- Jia (Beautiful)
- Liko (Protected by Buddha)
- Ping (Stable)
- Dao (Sword)
- Yingzie (Brave)
- Ru (Scholar)
- Heng (Eternal)
- Bing (Soldier)
- Hui (Kind)
- Ji (Lucky
- Jie-Rui (Quick Minded)
- Hilin (Intellectual)
- Zhenzhen (Precious)
- Mei (Beautiful Flower)
- Kuai (Clever)
- Xin (New)
- Lin (Beautiful Jade)
- Hao (Smart)
- Lok (Happiness)
- Yue (Moon
- Shu (Gentle)
- Quan (Fresh Water Spring)
- Xue (Snow)
- Ah Lam (Peace)
Fun Facts About Shih Tzu Dogs!
As we mentioned above, Shih Tzu dogs hail from China.
But did you know that Shih Tzus were once royal dogs coveted by Chinese emperors?
Bred as companion dogs, these little comedians are quick to steal the heart of any who come across their path!
What do you think?
Do you like our names? Which ones are your favorite?
Don’t be shy! We would love to hear from you, so leave us a comment in the comments section below.
More Shih Tzu Reading
Now you’ve found the perfect name for your Shih Tzu, read our other great Shih Tzu guides for more useful information!
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