Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, depending on where you are in the world and what course evolution or the pet market has taken over the years. Different humans favor different species of dog, preferring this one over that for a whole host of reasons. The Malinois, for instance, has the physique and drive to be one of the world’s most prized military working dogs. The greyhound is noted for its capacity as a racer, and the French Bulldog is considered by many to be an ideal companion dog.
Each of these is a dog valued for its particular form – the more closely the dog meets very specific physical guidelines, the more useful it is to the owner. Other dogs, particularly the lighter and more easily portable ones, are valued not for their functionality, but simply for their curious appearance. The aptly-named ‘Toy’ weight class is replete with these breeds, selected for their unusual shapes and the many ways in which they ideal show dogs.
A fine example of this is to be found in the Shitzu (or Shih Tzu) dog, a toy-sized Tibetian breed known for its small, flat face and the long, straight coat which is easily manipulated or decorated in any number of ways. Although of limited use in practical pursuits such as hunting or home protection, the Shitzu’s minimal size and relatively placid nature combined with the easily adorned coat have made it a frequent sight in the ring.
Of course, when you have such a competitive dog to think about, there should be no question of calling it something run-of-the-mill. Your Shitzu puppy needs a title that will draw attention and make them stand out from the dogs around them wherever they’re entered. Thankfully, the Shitzu’s particular physical characteristics make it easy to sculpt and dress so that any of the names below fit perfectly.
These names tend to be more suitable for a male dog, and are, like the Shih Tzu, fairly short and fashionable. A few doggy clothes or a miniature haircut and your Shih Tzu should be all set.
Recognize the cuteness with one of these adorable male Shih Tzu names.
As you may have noticed, most of these names are fairly plain, and no one would blame you if they didn’t truly make your dog stand out. Some of these are probably names that you pass in the workplace or at school on a daily basis. Here are some more uncommon handles that you might want to use to really make your dog stick in people’s minds; as with the list before, they are largely for male dogs, but you never know what name might strike your fancy.
While the above list is almost exclusively for names of male dogs, owners of female Shih Tzu puppies have no cause for alarm. There are plentiful names for a female Shitzu as well, with the same neat and punchy tone that these ones evoked. Here are some possibilities of what to name a female Shitzu.
Reading any of these, you can almost see how cute a dog that name belongs to already. Your little Shih Tzu will be the apple of everyone’s eye up and down the block, especially while it’s still in puppyhood. If you’re looking for something just a little more conservative or dignified, here are a few more mysterious options you might want to try out:
Most of these names are in English, or at the very least from a European tongue of some kind, but the Shitzu is a Tibetian breed, and many Shitzu puppy owners want a name that reflects the dog’s origins. Here are some options with which to give your dog an authentic Tibetian name, and maybe even learn some Tibetian yourself.
- Akar means ‘white crystal’
- Amala means ‘matriarch’, a great name if you have a female Shitzu you hope to raise for litters
- Amrita means immortality
- Boshay means amber, and is also the name for the Tibetian goddess of wealth
- Bhasundhara is the name for the goddess of success
- Ceba means ‘dear to hold’ or ‘cuddly’
- Cepla means apricot
- Chesa means greatness and is a common female name in Tibet
- Chime means everlasting
- Choden means devout
- Chomden refers to perseverance
- Dalha is the goddess of the moon
- Dichen means pleasure
- Dhargey means progress
- Diki is a combination of both health and wealth – who wouldn’t want that?
- Dolma means motherhood
- Dronma means lantern
- Dorje is more a phrase than a name, and means ‘hard as diamond’
- Ekadzati is the Tibetian goddess of wisdom
- Ema is a cry of joy
- Gandhara is the name of a Tibetian kingdom that spread the teachings of the Buddha as far as Pakistan
- Garma is the Tibetian goddess of dance
- Gewa is the word for having positive karma
- Hariti is the Tibetian goddess thought to protect children
- Jaya means victory and is actually Sanskrit in origin as opposed to Tibetian
- Jampa is one of the names for the Buddha, meaning ‘loving kindness’
- Jamyang means ‘a gentle voice’ – use it if you hope your Shih Tzu doesn’t bark too much
- Karlha is the Tibetian goddess of the stars.
- Karma is one of the most popular Tibetian words in the world and refers to the belief that whatever good or bad you do for the world, the world will eventually do for you.
- Khadroma indicates the beginning of something divine or holy
- Lhamo is a fiercely protective Tibetian goddess
- Lhatso is the name of a sacred lake in Tibetian mythology
- Lolha is the good-minded goddess of Tibetian lore
- Lumo is the Tibetian name for the mythical naga, a serpentine creature that lives under the sea
- Maya is a fairly common name in the rest of the world too. In Tibet, it is the name of the Buddha’s mother
- Metog is the name for an early-blooming flower with a particularly sweet scent
- Michewa means ‘sent from heaven’
- Ngawang is a composite of several smaller Tibetian words and means ‘a powerful, moving speech’
- Pema is the word for the lotus flower found in several Asian countries
- Rinzen is the word for ‘genius’
- Ritveja is the female pronunciation of the word for monk
- Samaya means ‘a sacred promise
- Sangmu is a religious term for someone who takes it upon themselves to fill the world with kindness
- Sumati means ‘good thoughts
- Tara is a deity often worshipped as a female reincarnation of the Buddha
- Yangchen is a composite word meaning ‘sacred girl’
- Poso means glory
- Rabga means ‘adorable’, an excellent choice for the tiny, elegant Shih Tzu
- Raldri means sword
- Sangye is one of the names of the Buddha, and means ‘full of virtue’
- Shigara means ‘rock solid’
- Tashi is the official title for the Dalai Lama’s spiritual deputy
- Tenpa is one of the words meaning ‘the Buddha’s way’
- Tenzin is the name of the Guardian of the Buddha Dharma
- Tobden means ‘power without equal’
- Torma means ‘magic stone’
- Tsering means ‘long life’, either for you or your Shih Tzu
- Tsewang means ‘empowered’ or ‘empowered life’
- Wangchuk means powerful
- Wangdak means protector
- Wangdue means conqueror
- Wangpo means ‘a sense of power’ – a big term for such a small dog, but yours should be able to handle it
- Yaden means neo-Tibetian
- Yeshi means wisdom
- Yonten means knowledge
- Zapa means Friday – a catchy name for dogs born on that day
- Zerdan means darkness
- Zopa means patience
- Zigsa means snow leopard
- Zonpa means ‘young’
These may be ordinary words in Tibetian, but they make for excellent names for your little Shih Tzu – short, catchy, and surprisingly easy to pronounce even if Tibetian isn’t your native language. Just remember to pick one that you’ll be comfortable calling out in public – it’s relatively common for an innocent word in one language to have negative connotations in another, so you’ll want to check how the name sounds out loud in the local tongue before using it for your dog.