Shih Tzu Names
101 Names for your Shih Tzu Dog

The Shih Tzu names list is filled with names suitable for your new puppy. Some make me think of the Shih Tzu breed's look, like "FiFi," or "Gucci," and others are just fun names that I think are cool for this charming and loving little dog.

If you are into famous dog names, here are a few on the list:

Choo Choo was a Shih Tzu owned by Queen Elizabeth; Bing and Bong, twin Shih Tzus owned by singer, Mariah Carey; Diva, owned by Fantasia Barrino of American Idol fame; and, Honeychild, owned by Nicole Richie.

The Shih Tzu names list has dog names that carry a royal flavor, like Duchess or King, some just feel like they go with a cute little lap dog, like Muffin or Nibbles, and some are just plain fun.

Something to remember when naming your Shih Tzu puppy is to match your dog's personality to their name.

For more great ideas, visit our list of famous dog names or one syllable dog names.

Shih Tzu NamesIf you have a name to share with the rest of us, please use the form at the bottom of this page. You just might make someone's day!

To learn more about this small dog breed, visit our Shih Tzu breed information page. Learn about the Shih Tzu temperament, trainability, and even a little of the breed's history before deciding on this or another dog breed.

Below is a list of my favorite 101 Shih Tzu names. If you don't find a name you like after browsing the list, return to our Dog Names by Breed page to see more categories, or expand your search to our list of more than 4,000 puppy names.

Name Meaning
Acapulco A fashionable resort city in Southern Mexico
Admiral Commander in chief of a fleet of ships.
Amber A hard brownish-yellow fossil resin.
Amigo Friend
Anais Brand of perfume meaning graceful.
Anya God has favoured - Grace.
Armand Man in the army - soldier.
Autumn Season between summer and winter.
Bailey Trusted guardian of others property.
Beau Handsome man.
Bella Beautiful
Bianca White or pure.
Bing One of many famous Shih Tzu names. Mariah Carey owns two Shih Tzus named Bing and Bong.
Bishop A high ranking Christian cleric.
Bitsy A small bit of something; perfect for the small shih tzu
Bong The other of Mariah Carey's twin ShihTzus, given to her by Japanese officials when whe was touring Japan.
Bonita Pretty
Brittany A Britain.
Bubbles Thin spherical liquid filled with gas. Irrepressible activity.
Bud Herald, messenger.
Calliope Beautiful-voiced and beautiful face.
Candy Confectionery made with sugar.
Casey Brave and watchful - the warrior who never slept.
Chang Prosperous
Chen Great, treasure.
Choo Choo Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Queen Elizabeth's Shih Tzu.
Cognac Type of French brandy.
Cookie A small flat, crisp cake.
Cooper Barrel maker.
Cozette Perfect pet name meaning "little thing of no importance" (although you might want to replace  "no" with "big")
Delilah To flirt.
Diva Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Fantasia Barrino's (American Idol) Shih Tzu.
Dizzy Bewildered or confused, giddy.
Dolly Spanish - From Dolores - Lady of sorrow.
Domino Lord and master.
Duchess Wife of a Duke.
Einstein For the pet who is a genius.
Felicia Joyous One.
Fifi Very cute-sounding name fitting for a small dog
Gigi From Gilberta - Bright pledge.
Growler A dog who makes a low, guttural, menacing sound. A small iceberg. A container for carrying beer. An electromagnetic device used for magnetizing.
Gucci Fashionable and expenaive brand
Harold A mighty general.
Harry From Harold - Army commander. A mighty general.
Honeychild Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Nicole Richie's dog.
Jinx A person believed to bring bad luck.
Karma Fate or destiny (Hinduism and Buddhism).
Kia Hill
King A male sovereign/Ruler.
Leon Pertianing to "lion"
Libby Means "mu God is a vow"
Lily A lovely and delicate flower thriving in ponds
Lion A large cat; the male has the wall-known flowing and shaggy mane
Lionel Pertianing to "lion"
Louie Famous battle warrior.
Madame Polite form of address for a woman.
Mandarin A high official of Imperial China. Also a small orange or tangerine like fruit.
Marseilles City in the Mediterranean coast of France
Martini A cocktail made of gin or vodka and dry vermouth.
Mimi Equivalent of Mary - Bitterness.
Ming Having a distinct smell, could be bad or good
Mitzi The perfect one.
Muffin A small cup shaped cake.
Nibbles To bite off small bits.
Nikko Cat
Nipper A small boy.
Oreo American biscuit brand consisting of two chocolate wafers with white cream filling.
Oscar Divine spearman - a fighter for God.
Percy From Percival - Valley piercer.
Petal A section of a flower.
Petunia Summer Flower.
Pickles Food flavored in a solution of vinegar.
Precious One who is beloved, a darling.
Princess Female member of a royal family.
Puddle Wet with water, particualrly rainwater
Pushok A cute name for a shih tzu
Putt Putt Refers to anything compact or miniature
Raj A ruler, king, leader
Rascal One that is playfully mischievous.
Riley Valiant and warlike.
Sapphire A clear, usually blue gemstone.
Saucy Impertinent or defiant in an entertaining way.
Scamp A mischievous youngster.
Silky Soft as silk.
Snuggles To curl up closely, cuddle.
Sultan A ruler, king, leader; also powerful, expert
Sun Obviously, the big bright thing in the sky during the day
Sundae A dessert of ice cream with sprinkles, syrup, peanuts, etc.; a great pick-me-upper
Tinker Repairs or improves something to no effect
Toaster A device that toasts bread
Toto The name of Dorothy's dog from "The Wizard of Oz"
Truffles Ball shaped chocolate.
Tulip A cup shaped flower of rich colour.
Uma Light or Peace.
Venus Considered as the most beautiful planet in the solar system
Wicket A small door or opening
Yang Active male force in Chinese philosophy.
Yasmin A kind of flower; also "Jasmine"
Zeke From Ezekiel - Strength of God.
Zia Means "light and splendor"
Ziggy Active, energetic, lively; zips from one place or action to another


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