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.
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.
Cute Female Shih Tzu Names
Likewise, if you have a female Shih Tzu, these names are cute and sweet, just like the breed.
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.
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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.
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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.
- Half Pint
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
- Bianco (white in Italian)
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Black Shih Tzu Names
- Noir (French for black)
- Black Jack
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Black and White Shih Tzu Names
- Peppermint Patty
- Pepe Le Pew
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Brown Shih Tzu Names
- Charlie Brown
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Red Shih Tzu Names
- Fox / Foxy
- Rojo (Spanish for red)
- Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)
- Annie (as in Little Orphan Annie)
- Merida (from the animated film Brave)
- Princess Fiona (from Shrek)
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Tan/Gold Shih Tzu Names
Grey/Silver Shih Tzu Names
- Steely Dan
More Dog Name Ideas
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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