Best Male Shih Tzu Names: Browse Popular and Cute Boy Dog Names


Selecting a name for your little ball of fur may be mind-blowing. You may be thinking all day long at the end of your wits and come up with nothing but Sparky or Max. No more brainstorms. Numerous popular names can be found here; and not only names but also criteria based on which you can name your dog.

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Shih Tzu

Popularity: №20
Origin: China
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Good and Bad Names

You will undoubtedly find the one which will fit your loving and charming pet, but be advised that if you name your Shih Tzu something like “Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol”, an attempt to call him may end up with a tongue fracture. A good dog name must be brief, terse and at the same time resonant and easy to remember because you will have to say this word hundreds of times.

Besides, you should understand that this name should be very different from the names of your housemates and other pets to prevent confusion. It’s also worth mentioning that giving your dog an embarrassing name will so to say put some limitations on using it in public, so you’d better avoid strong language and stuff like that when naming a dog.

The Criteria

  • The coat color
  • A tasty food
  • A human name (you like)
  • A name describing his personality or temperament
  • A name based on size
  • An Asian name
  • A royal name
  • A famous animal name from popular culture


The top names fitting a brown puppy are here:

  • Brownie
  • Cadbury
  • Coco
  • Cola
  • Espresso
  • Fudge
  • Hershey
  • Latti
  • Mocha
  • Peanut
  • Pepsi
  • Recess
  • Snickers
  • Woody

For a red or gold puppy you can pick one of these:

  • Blaze
  • Brandy
  • Butterscotch
  • Cayenne
  • Cherry
  • Chestnut
  • Chili
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Ember
  • Fawn
  • Flame
  • Garnet
  • Ginger
  • Hazel
  • Java
  • Kona
  • Kumquat
  • Mars
  • Molasses
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Rojo
  • Rusty
  • Sandy
  • Scarlett
  • Sienna
  • Sunset

Black Shih Tzus may proudly bear names like:

  • Blackberry
  • Blackie
  • Blackjack
  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Ebony
  • Eight ball
  • Indigo
  • Licorice
  • Midnight
  • Onyx
  • Pearl
  • Raisin
  • Raven
  • Soot

To name a white boy puppy, you can choose something like these:

  • Angel
  • Biscuit
  • Champagne
  • Cloudy
  • Cotton
  • Crystal
  • Icicle
  • Ivory
  • Lilli
  • Marshmallow
  • Milky Way
  • Popcorn
  • Salt
  • Snowball
  • Snowflake
  • Stardust

A black and white dog can be named as

  • Checkers
  • Domino
  • Oreo
  • Panda
  • Penguin
  • Ying-Yang

Since there are no special names people invented for brindled dogs specifically, you can think of naming your dog basing on something else than a coat color if your dog is brindled.


All dogs like treats. Besides, some of them even look like some tasty treats. Owners often give them names like

  • Cupcake
  • Cookie
  • Candy
  • Brownie
  • Smores
  • Twinkie
  • Prezel
  • Crackers
Warning: you remember that even a dog named Candy shouldn’t be given sugar or chocolate, don’t you?

Human Names

You’d like to humiliate some of the world-known dictators? Call your dog Adolf Hitler or Augusto Pinochet! No, it’s a joke. Please, don’t call your dog Hitler. Seriously, don’t. However you can name him after a famous scientist, pop star or an actor, or just give him some short human name that is easy to say and remember; and vice versa, you can dig into an old book to find the most peculiar name possible, like Araminta, Millicent or Grover.


Some owners tend to name their dogs basing on their temperament or just mock it, i.e. name a coach potato Blitz. Naming a Maltese dog Tiger or Bear can also be a nice joke. Cute names that fall into this category are

  • Baby Doll
  • Buddy
  • Cuddles
  • Cutie Pie
  • Precious
  • Sassy
  • Shadow
  • Sweetheart


Shih Tzu is a toy breed, so the names like

  • Dwarf
  • Peanut
  • Pixie
  • Poco
  • Speck
  • Tink
  • Tinkerbell
  • Tiny

fit them best, but you can give your Shih Tzu a huge dog’s name like Diesel or Giant just for fun.


The grandeur of monarchy has passed away long ago, but you can bring its particle back by giving your dog a name like

  • Duke
  • Princess
  • Diana
  • Starr

Or just call him after a real royalty like

  • Anastasia
  • Diana
  • Elizabeth
Warning: refrain from travelling back in time with such a dog in tow, especially into the Dark Age, otherwise you’ll be charged with lèse-majesté.

Asia-related Names

You might want to consider some names, related to Asia; it’s a Chinese dog after all:

  • Bonsai
  • Chang
  • Chopsticks
  • Chow Mein
  • Geisha
  • Honda
  • Hoshi
  • Kabuki
  • Kim-chi
  • Ling-Ling
  • Mei Lee
  • Mei Ling
  • Ming Sue
  • Saki
  • Sushi
  • Tai Pan
  • Tokyo
  • Tori
  • Yang
  • Yoko
  • Yoshi

Another Famous Animal

Popular culture is full of animals everyone likes, so why don’t you call your dog

  • Alice
  • Bambi
  • Beethoven
  • Daffy
  • Daisy
  • Donald
  • Jasmine
  • Lassie
  • Lion King
  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Mulan
  • Pluto
  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Winn-Dixie


We hope this guide will be helpful for you when you name your beloved Shih Tzu male puppy.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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