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Shih-Tzu Male And Female Dog Names

Dog Names October 5, 2018


Shih-Tzu Male And Female Dog Names

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A breed that also goes by the name Chrysanthemum dog, the Shih-Tzu is a cute little pup that is believed to have been bred in China.

Possessing a short nose, dark eyes, and hair that can range from black, white, brown, and red in color, the name means ‘little lion.’

Naming your Shih-Tzu dog breed is definitely no easy task. There are a myriad of choices.

So, to make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of 70 names, divided into specific categories, hopefully making it much better for you to get inspiration for naming your tiny pup.

Male Dog Names

Some of the names below are part of a list of popular male dog names, but also recommended monikers that fit the overall look or feel of the Shih-Tzu.

  • Scrappy

This name is befitting those dogs that have a rather scrappy look like the Shih-Tzu.

  • Frankie

This male dog name is usually given to dogs that have rather flat faces interestingly enough such as the Shih-Tzu, Pug, Shih-Tzu, etc.

  • Roscoe

This is another name that sounds rather tough and is interestingly given to dogs with flat faces.

  • Midge

Along with the two above, this is another befitting name for a dog with a similar appearance as a Shih-Tzu.

  • Doodle

The act of drawing on paper without thought, it is interestingly a name that many have chosen for their Shih-Tzu.

  • Rascal

Some dogs are just downright rascals, and with a dog like a Shih-Tzu that might have a rather playful personality, this is perfect.

  • Finn

This name has grown in popularity ever since the recent Star Wars movies.

  • Patches

Usually given to dogs with spots, this name has recently been given to many scrappy dogs like the Shih-Tzu since there are some allergic spots that are on their skin every so often.

  • Kewpie

A perfect name to give to a dog worthy of the title, ‘cutie pie.’

  • Bonsai

Derived from the bonsai trees of Japanese culture, this might be in reference to the Shih-Tzu’s long hair.


Female Dog Names

The list below tries to provide the best list of names that are befitting your Shih-Tzu’s appearance or personality, but are specifically great for females.


  • Olive

A good name for dogs with faces like the Shih-Tzu or Shih-Tzu.

  • Zoey

A popular choice amongst dog owners to give to their Shih-Tzus.

  • Sammy

A name given to many Shih-Tzu and Shih-Tzus. Perhaps it is because it fits the appearance of the dog?

  • Rita

This name ignites a sense of passion and fire. It was selected as a popular choice for female dogs such as the Shih-Tzu, perhaps due to their playful nature.

  • Maisie

A popular name amongst dog owners and one that describes the lovely cool nature of the dog. It has become even more popular since the rise of the Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

  • Lola

A female dog name that has lasted the test of time

  • Jojo

This is a really popular choice for Shih-Tzu female dogs. The sound and look of it fits quite well with the dog’s appearance.

  • Mittens

This is a rather cute name for a dog with long hair such as the Shih-Tzu.

  • Gertrude

A somewhat classic name to give to a dog with an old-fashioned style.

  • Petunia

The name of a flower, it is befitting for a dog that has hair as extravagant as a flower.


Movie Dog Names

Naming your Shih-Tzu after a character in a movie or a dog from a famous film is the best way to give a name that is fashionable, unique, and possibly recognizable by many.

  • Buddy

The famous dog from the movie Air Bud.

  • Chopper

A character from the film Stand by Me.

  • Cujo (Cujo)

The dog from the movie Cujo.

  • Trusty (Lady And The Tramp)

The dog name from Lady and the Tramp.

  • Lady (Lady And The Tramp)

Another dog from the movie Lady and the Tramp.

  • Marley (Marley And Me)

The famous dog from the heart-wrenching film Marley and Me.

  • Teresa

The name of the character Mother Teresa from the film Must Love Dogs.

  • Nanook (The Lost Boys)

An interesting name for one of the characters of the film The Lost Boys.

  • Otis

The name of the dog from the film The Adventures of Milo and Otis.

  • Quark

The dog of the family named Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.


Exotic Dog Names

These days it seems naming your dog and child something exotic is a great trend. Therefore, we had to include some of these words that may not be commonly known to provide some foreign variety.

  • Solomon

Named after the biblical King Solomon, this is a good name for any wise dogs.

  • Antoine

A name that exudes sophistication, it is perfect for those dogs that hold such traits like the Shih-Tzu.

  • Casanova

A great timeless name for a gentlemen. This holds true for a Shih-Tzu, a dog breed that comes from royal roots.

  • Elias

Another biblical name that never gets old. Pleasant on the ears, it is a good name for male Shih-Tzus.

  • Georgio

Much like Antoine, Georgie is a name exudes an air of elegance and sophistication. It comes from the brand Georgio (Giorgio) Armani.

  • Isaiah

A biblical name that is fit for any dog that holds a sense of grace.

  • Jimma

A rather unique name to give your pup. Meaning dove in Hebrew, it is perfect for a noble dog like the Shih-Tzu.

  • Lynard

A somewhat old fashioned sounding name for an old fashioned dog. Also, this name is similar to the character from the hit TV show, The Big Bang Theory.

  • Odysseus

Much like the man from the Greek mythology epic poem, The Odyssey.

  • Zeke

An exotic name to give your dog, from the name Ezekiel.

Appearance-Based Dog Names

One thing that many dog owners tend to do is name their dog after its appearance or personality. There are a lot of factors to consider when examining what goes into a dog’s defining features, whether it’s their actions in itself or simply just the color of their coat and/or size of their body.

  • Imperial

A befitting name for a dog with the royal roots such as the Shih-Tzu.

  • Belle

A name that means beautiful and is perfect for a dog known for its cute look.

  • Beauty

This is just more straightforward than the name above.

  • Locks

In reference to any Shih-Tzu that may have a lot of hair, this is a perfect choice.

  • Lion

This is for your male Shih-Tzu. It fits the appearance of a dog thats name means little dog.

  • Lioness

This is much like the name above, except for a female Shih-Tzu.

  • Regal

A name for a dog with a sense of royalty.

  • Ruler

This is another name that is befitting for the Shih-Tzu dog, since it exudes the sense of elegance and grace.

  • Chiller

A bit on the funny side, this name fits the appearance of a Shih-Tzu since they tend to sit and chill out a lot.

  • Harmony

This has been a popular name for the Shih-Tzu, a dog that has a rather relaxing appearance.

Funny Dog Names

There is no doubt that some people don’t need to give their dog a super serious name that has some profound meaning. Some dog owners like to take it easy and simply name their dog after something silly or ridiculous.

  • Jitterbug

The name of a dance from the 1940s. Great to give a dog that loves to move around.

  • Felix

Based from the name of the famous cartoon cat, it would be rather silly to give a dog a cat’s name.

  • Doolittle

Named after the famous fictional character Dr. Doolittle – one who can speak with animals.

  • Chew

For those dogs that love chewing on things.

  • Abracadabra

A name that sounds magical and yet is sort of ridiculous to give your dog being that it is so long. It could work however for any dog that makes your heart feel magical.

  • Wheaties

The name of a cereal brand. A random yet silly name to give a dog.

  • Pepsi

Much like the name above, it is the name of a brand of soda, and is quite ridiculous to give a dog.

  • Sephora

Another brand name (cosmetic brand), that sounds rather beautiful, but also is silly to give to your dog.

  • Woofgang

Derived from the name Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is a play on the word ‘woof.’

  • Porkchop

A funny way to name your dog after some type of food.


Famous Dog Names

The names below list out some famous dog names grabbed from history, film, TV, and/or simply through the sheer fact that they are the pet of a well-known celebrity.

  • Strongheart

The name of a dog actor that has starred in several films.

  • Zorba

A unique name of a Mastiff that holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest, heaviest dog, weighing at 343 pounds.

  • Pickles

This is the name of the famous dog that discovered the stolen FIFA World Cup trophy back in 1966.

  • Beauty

The name of the Barbie Doll’s pet dog.

  • Beethoven

A name that comes from the famous composer, but also of the giant dog actor from the films Beethoven.

  • Faith

The name of a dog that has inspired many. This dog only had two hind legs and taught the world, regardless of the troubles you go through, it is worth living happily.

  • Doc

The name of the dog from the TV series Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Vincent

This is the name of the character Walt from the TV series Lost.

  • Stan

The talking dog’s name from the family in the TV series Dog with a Blog. The family dog in the

  • Shelby

The name of the dog with super powers from the TV show Smallville.

The names above should help you get inspiration for what to name your beloved Shih-Tzu. Putting the right amount of time into naming your dog should be top priority, as your dog’s name will be something that you, your family, and your dog can live with for many years.


David was a dog trainer for 7 years before joining the team. he still does it part-time. When he's not working he loves going to the park with his two Jack Russell Terrier's Joe and Bells.
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