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Shih Tzu Names – 250+ Fantastic Ideas

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My Dog’s Name has 250+ Shih Tzu names you have to check out. These names are elegant, classy, cute, colorful and more.

Today the Shih Tzu is the 20th most popular dog breed in the United States. Weighing in at 10-19 lbs, the Shih Tzu is considered a toy breed. But don’t let their small size fool you. These dogs are active, outgoing and alert, often acting much larger than their size.

Shih Tzu Names

Remarkably, the breed most likely originated in Tibet thousands of years ago and was later developed in China, where it was affectionately called a “lion dog.” (Speaking of which, “Lion” is a cool name idea for a Shih Tzu!)

The Shih Tzu spread throughout Europe in the 1930s and was brought to the United States after WWII, much to the joy of Western dog enthusiasts.

If you’re lucky enough to welcome one of these pups into your home, you must check out our list of the best Shih Tzu names. Enjoy!

Cute Male Shih Tzu Names

The Shih Tzu is a total bundle of cuteness. That face! Those big, dark eyes! The button nose!

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

  • Charlie
  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Scully
  • Odie
  • Milo
  • Alfie
  • Brody
  • Leo
  • Ernie
  • Chewie
  • Blue
  • Gizmo
  • Mickey
  • Scrappy
  • Frankie
  • Roscoe
  • Chance
  • Marley
  • Finn
  • Louie
  • Rascal
  • Cooper
  • Chase
  • Jax
  • Hank
  • Percy
  • Henry
  • Barkley
  • Patches
  • Rudy
  • Murphy
  • Wally
  • Spud
  • Fergus

Cute Female Shih Tzu Names

Likewise, if you have a female Shih Tzu, these names are cute and sweet, just like the breed.

  • Gigi
  • Daisy
  • Chloe
  • Olive
  • Zoey
  • Lily
  • Poppy
  • Maisie
  • Hazel
  • Maggie
  • Petunia
  • Lola
  • Hannah
  • Emma
  • Jojo
  • Mittens
  • Piper
  • Gidget
  • Gertrude
  • Lucy
  • Dakota
  • Dixie
  • Josie
  • Paisley
  • Mia
  • Willow
  • Luna
  • Izzy
  • Macy
  • Madison
  • Zoey
  • Rosie
  • Sophie
  • Kona
  • Amelia
  • Sally
  • Nala
  • Phoebe
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Elegant Male Shih Tzu Names

Did you know that the Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty? That’s a pretty impressive royal beginning.

Because of this, and the fact that many other notable families have owned a Shih Tzu, the breed sparks a certain regal flair.

With this in mind, here are fancy and elegant names for your male Shih Tzu.

  • King
  • Kingsley
  • Prince
  • Alcott
  • Darcy
  • Asher
  • Ashton
  • Alfred
  • Francois
  • Preston
  • Winston
  • Fairfax
  • Edwin
  • Archibald
  • Charleston
  • Duke
  • Emerson
  • Augustus
  • Kingston
  • Blake
  • Benedict
  • Desmond
  • Hudson
  • Redmond
  • Julius
  • Edmond
  • Gatsby
  • Hamilton
  • Princeton
  • Vincent
  • Rockwell
  • Barnabus
  • Chaucer
  • Oliver

Get more elegant male dog names.

Elegant Female Shih Tzu Names

Perhaps another reason for the Shih Tzu’s perceived prestigiousness: the hair.

The breed’s lustrous locks are perfect for fancy hairstyles that give off an elegant vibe.

Whatever the reason, here are elegant female names perfect for your new Shih Tzu.

  • Fifi
  • Princess
  • Aspen
  • Lux
  • Bianca
  • Camilla
  • Effie
  • Chanel
  • Genevieve
  • Victoria
  • Flora
  • Darling
  • Constance
  • Harper
  • Octavia
  • Juliet
  • Violet
  • Aurora
  • Theodora
  • Scarlette
  • Lady
  • Sabine
  • Stella
  • Evangeline
  • Violet
  • Ainsley
  • Angelica
  • Charlotte
  • Evelyn
  • Natalia
  • Rosemary

Get more elegant female dog names.

Shih Tzu Names

Small Shih Tzu Names

As we noted before, the Shih Tzu weighs a mere 10-19 lbs. That’s quite the tiny tyke.

To celebrate their slight size, we’ve gathered up small dog names that are beyond sweet.

  • Tiny
  • Baby
  • Little
  • Bitty
  • Shorty
  • Peanut
  • Squirt
  • Munchkin
  • Peewee
  • Minnie
  • Button
  • Smalley
  • Morsel
  • Nibbler
  • Scrappy
  • Bean
  • Jellybean
  • Nugget
  • Shrimpy
  • Half Pint
  • Pebbles
  • Puny
  • Runt
  • Teensy
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Another idea for Shih Tzu name inspiration: their fur color!

The Shih Tzu boasts a variety of coat colors, including white, black, brown, red, gold, silver, or a mix of the above.

White Shih Tzu Names

  • Snowy
  • Frosty
  • Sugar
  • Angel
  • Winter 
  • Bianco (white in Italian)
  • Dove
  • Pearl
  • Opal
  • Ice
  • Ghost
  • January
  • Domino
  • Jasmine
  • Gardenia
  • Lily

Get more white dog name ideas for your Shih Tzu.

Black Shih Tzu Names

  • Cinder
  • Noir (French for black)
  • Ash
  • Coal
  • Olive
  • Pepper
  • Ember
  • Shady
  • Raven
  • Jet
  • Black Jack
  • Knight
  • Dusty 
  • Shadow
  • Coffee
  • Elvira

Get more black dog name ideas for your Shih Tzu.

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Black and White Shih Tzu Names

  • Oreo
  • Cookie
  • Minnie 
  • Mickey 
  • Peppermint Patty
  • Checkers
  • Domino
  • Puffin
  • Pepe Le Pew 
  • Jeeves
  • Snoopy

Get more black and white dog names for your Shih Tzu.

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Brown Shih Tzu Names

  • Cocoa
  • Godiva
  • Hershey
  • Snickers
  • Cadbury
  • Brownie
  • Kahlua
  • Rolo
  • Tootsie
  • Bear
  • Russet
  • Espresso
  • Java
  • Mocha
  • Charlie Brown
  • Heath
  • Hickory

Get more brown dog name ideas for your Shih Tzu.

Red Shih Tzu Names

  • Red
  • Redford
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Fox / Foxy
  • Rojo (Spanish for red)
  • Valentine
  • Sienna
  • Scarlet
  • Burgundy
  • Merlot
  • Sangria
  • Shiraz
  • Sienna
  • Autumn
  • Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)
  • Annie (as in Little Orphan Annie)
  • Merida (from the animated film Brave)
  • Princess Fiona (from Shrek)

Get more red dog name ideas for your Shih Tzu.

Tan/Gold Shih Tzu Names

  • Goldy
  • Copper
  • Fawn
  • Tawny
  • Sienna
  • Blondie
  • Buttercup
  • Caramel
  • Ginger 
  • Honey
  • Sunny
  • Amber 
  • Chai

Grey/Silver Shih Tzu Names

  • Graycie
  • Silver
  • Sterling
  • Mouse
  • Misty
  • Dusty
  • Foggy
  • Granite
  • Mercury
  • Steely Dan
  • Pewter
  • Storm
  • Stormy
  • Wolf
  • Spirit

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The dog name ideas don’t stop here. If you’re not inspired by any of the names above, try our online generator and find even more options. You can sort by your favorite styles and themes.

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  1. Rania Ali

    I’m about to have a dog. First I’m trying to convince my dad because he is easier to convince what I haven’t done is convinced my mom she is hard to convince and once she makes up her mind you can’t change it!! Please make a video on how to convince your parents to get a dog. Almost all my friends have dogs and cats, but I have no pet! PLEASE make a video on how to convince your parents to get a puppy because I can play with him/her in my spare time rather than reading or watching tv. 🐶🦮🐕

  2. Shelagh

    I’ve had 4 Shih Tzus over the last 22 years, called Chaplin, Presley, Brando and now Harlowe. Each one has had their own distinctive personality but all were/are loving, loyal fur babies. A fabulous breed!

  3. Amanda

    Must have been a lot of work

  4. Amanda

    Oh yeah Rania I have the same problem to. I convince my parents for a dog too!

  5. Evelyn

    I just convinced my parents to get me a dog, but now I have to find a name and my sister doesn’t like ANY of the ones I pick, she is still stuck on Chewbacca(From Star Wars) cause our cat’s name is Han Solo, I want to name it piper, but I’m not 110% sure

  6. Donna

    I had a Shih-tzu for several years. I miss her so much, her name was Trinka. My aunt had a dog named that once and I really liked the name, don’t know how she came across it. It was a cute, elegant name that suited the breed.

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