Dog Names? What's in a Name?
Dog Names for Shih Tzu?
Can't decide what to name your new shih tzu puppy? We've done a little research and came up with a
list of some popular dog names by breed. This is what we found out about Shih Tzu owners: Shih Tzu
owners tend to choose names based on a variety of criteria, including the
• color of their dog,
• a favorite human name,
• an Asian name,
• a royal name,
• a famous animal name,
• a name that describes their personality or temperament.
Dog Names based on Shih Tzu Hair Color
Some owners will pick a name that reminds them of the color of their dog such as Latti, Mocha,
Hershey, Coco, Snickers, Angel, Cadbury, or Recess, Ginger, Nutmeg, or Cinnamon especially if the
dog is Chocolate, red, or liver colored. Some owners like to call their dogs by names that remind them
of delicious foods such as cupcake, cookie, candy, Brownie, or Smores.
Dog Names based on Children's Names
Since Shih Tzu dogs seem more like children than pets, their owners will choose a name based on
popular boy and girl names. Names that are chosen by new parents-to-be are also used by dog
owners-to-be. Look at any name list and you are likely to see dogs named Eva, Izzi, Sophia and
Emily. If the fur baby is a boy, you might find names such as Noah, Jacob, Liam and Jackson. More
traditional human names remain popular such as Charlie and Sam but the trend tends to be on the
road toward unique and unusual. Sometimes it is acceptable to choose a more common name but find
a unique spelling to make it more distinctive. Think of all the ways you could spell the name Zoe—
Zoey, Zoie, Zoy, Zoee.
Dog Names based on a Dog's Temperament
Many Shih Tzu dog owners want a name that describes their dog's personality or mocks the real
temperament of the Shih Tzu dog. Cute names that fall into this category include Cuddles,
Sweetheart, Cutie Pie, Baby Doll, Shadow, Buddy, Sassy, or Precious. Those names that mock the
true nature of the Shih Tzu personality include Bear, Bruiser, Samson and Tiger.
Dog Names based on Size
Names that depict the size of the dog are also very popular such as Pixie, Peanut, Some will name
their tiny dogs with big names such as Samson.
Dogs Names based on Royal Families
Because Shih Tzu dogs seem so noble in nature, many owners will choose a regal name such as
Princess, Queen, Duke, or Starr. Sometimes Shih Tzu owners will name their dogs after real life royalty
such as Elizabeth, Victoria, Charles, or Henry.
Dogs Names Based on Country of Origin
Since the Shih Tzu breed originated in Asia, some Shih Tzu owners want to use a Chinese or other
Asian name. Popular names in this category include Ming Sue, Mei Ling, Mei Lee.
Dogs Names Based on TV and Movie Characters
Famous dog or animal names are still always popular including Snoopy, Benji, Marley, Bob. But what is
missing on the dog name scene are names such as Fido and Spot.
Five Things you Must Know Before Naming your Shih Tzu
ONE There are a five thoughts to keep in mind when naming that sweet fur baby. The name you
decide should follow certain canine rules. By that I mean that dogs tend to learn their names, but will
only pay attention to the first syllable. If you ever wondered why we only use one syllable words when
training such as sit, stay, come, or heel, it is for this very reason. So when your dog's name is
Chocolate Smores, for example, the dog is going to hear "Chock." This does not mean that you must
come up with a name that has only one syllable.
TWO The second thing to keep in mind regarding this first syllable rule is to choose a unique name
that does not have the same first sound as another pet or person in the household. This can be very
confusing to both pets. It is acceptable to choose a name with the same letter as long as the beginning
sound is different. For example, it would be very confusing to two pets in the same household named
Alexander and Alexandra. It would be OK to name two pets Abby and Alexander.
THREE A third thing to keep in mind is that dogs do learn their names and you should use their
names frequently. When training a dog to perform a new trick, it's always easy to say the dog's name
first, then the command. "Zoey, Sit." Using your puppy's name in a happy tone and praising them
when they respond will go a long way towards training. Once the dog knows his name, it is much easier
to call out the name and then a command.
FOUR The Fourth thing keep in mind when choosing a name is how well it will stand the test of time.
I once named a dog of mine, Geordi after a Star Trek character popular at the time. By the time this
little dog reached the ripe old age of 18, only die-hard “Trekkie” fans could relate to the name, even
though the dog probably did not care.
FIVE Finally, it is so important to understand that you will be call your dog’s name numerous times a
day, in your own home and out in public. Make sure that the name you choose works equally well in
the quiet of your home and on a noisy street. Think about how you will feel when your dog has gotten
away from you and you are trying to retrieve it. Can you see yourself yelling your dog to come home,
“lovey-dovey-sweetie-pie, come home to mama.”
If you want a popular dog name by breed for your new puppy, we've done some research and found A
that the following list includes a variety of names from different sources:
Abby or Abbie, Ace, Andy, Angie, Annie, Apollo, Arlo, Astra, Augie, Angel, Allison, Amanda, Amber, Anna,
Alexis, Angelina, April, Ashley, Asia, Aspen, Autumn, Austin, Alexander
Baby, Baby Doll, Bailey, Badger, Bandit, Banjo, Barkey, Barbie, Barney, Baron, Bear, Beau, Bella, Belle, Ben,
Bentley, Beethoven, BeBe, Benji, Benny, Blaze, Bogart, Brian, Brando, Bubba,
Bingo, Biscuit, Blacky, Blair, Bobo, Bolo, Boomer, Boots, Bree, Brandy, Bridget, Brittany, Brook, Bruno, Buck,
Buckets, Buddy, Bruiser, Buster, Butch, Buttercup, Buzzer, Barry, B.J., Brownie
Caitlin, Callie, Cameron, Candance, Candy, Cassidy, Casey, Cassandra, Cash, Champ, Charlie, Christiana,
Channel, Christy, Claudette, Chelsea, China, Chloe, Cheyenne, Chase,
Checkers, Chester, Chico, Chloe,
Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coco, Coconut, Courtney,
Cody, Colby, Colin, Colton, Connor, Conan, Cookie, Cooper, Corky, Cotton, Cowboy, Crystal,
Daisy, Dakota, Dalton, Dallas, Danielle, Darcie, Dawn, Denver, Derek, Destiny, Desiree, Devon, Diamond,
Diago, Digger, Dior, Diva, Dixie, Dobie, Dolce, Dolly, Domino,DonovanDopie, Drake, Dudley, Duke, Dusty,
Eco, Eden, Emily, Emma, Erin, Elizabeth, Emerald, Emmanuel, Elvis, Ernie, Elmo, ET
Faith, Fancy, Fang, Feather, Fendi, Fido, Fluffy, Forest, Foxy, Freckles, Fresco, Frosty, Foxie, Fudge
Gabby, Ginger, Ginny, Gisele, Gizmo, Goldie, Grace, Gracie, Grayden, Gretchen, Griffin, Gus, Gwendilyn,
Hamilton, Hampton, Happy, Hanna, Harmony, Haven, Harley, Harrison, Heath, Heather, Heidi, Hershey,
Hilton, Hillary, Hollywood, Holly, Honey, Hope. Hugo, Humphrey, Hunter
Ice, Ike, India, Inky, Iris, Isaac, Isabella, Isis, Ivory, Izzie
Jack, Jackson, Jade, Jaime, Jake, Jared, Jasmie, Jasper, Jaxon, Jennifer, Jenna, Jenny, Jeremy, Jessica,
Jewel, Jordan, Joy, Juliet, Julia, Jess, Jingles, Joey, Josh, Joseph, Joshua, Justin, Junior, Jude
Katie, Kelly, Kendal, Kim, Kimberly, Kristan, Khan, King, Kirby, Kong
Lacey, Lady, Lance, Lauren, Levi, Lexus, Liam, Little Bit, Lillie, Logan, Lola, Louie, Lucky, Lucy, Luke, Lulu,
Madison, Maggie, Magic, Mallory, Mandy, Marcie, Marble, Max, Maxwell, Megan, Melody, Mercedes, Meredith,
Michelle, Mimi, Milo, Miranda, Missy, Mister, Molly, Montana, Morgan, Muffin,
Nish, Nelson, Nickel, Nicole, Nicollette, Nicky, Nemo, Neo, Nevada, Nicholas,
Oliver, Opal, Oreo, Orlando, Oscar, Otis
Paige, Pamela, Patches, Paris, Parker, Pearl, Peaches, Peanut, Penelope, Penny, Pepper, Pickles, Pilar,
Pooch, Pookie, Popcorn, Porsha, Possum, Presley, Princess, Priscilla, Pucci
Puddles, Pumpkin, Piper
Rags, Ralphie, Ranger, Rascal, Rebel, Red, Rex, Ricky Riley, Rocky, Romeo, Roscoe, Rosie, Rover,
Rowdy, Rudy, Rufus, Rusty, Radar, Roxie
Sabrina, Sadie, Sam, Sammy, Sampson, Sandy, Samson, Sapphire, Sara, Sasha, Sassy, Scamp, Scarlett,
Schatzi, Scooter, Scout, Scruffy, Sebastian, Sean, Sella, Serenity, Shadow, Sienna, Simone, Skeeter,
Skippy, Skylar, Smokey, Snowy, Sophie, Sofia, Sparky, Spencer, Spike, Spunky, Stella, Star, Stinker, Stoney,
Stormy, Sugar, Summer, Sweet Pea, Sydney
Taffy, Tasha, taylor, Teddy, Tickles, Tiffany, Tinkerbell,Tiny, Toby, Tommy, Tootsy, Tracker, Travis, Trevor,
Trey, Tucker, Tuffy, Tuxedo, Trixie, Twinkie
Vanilla, Vanessa, Valentine, Vegas, Victoria, Violet
Walker, Wendy, Whitney, Wiggles, Willie, William, Winston, Wolfgang, Woody, Wyatt
Yappy, Yeller, YoYo
Zach, Zeek, Zeus, Ziggy, Zippy, Zoe