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Shih Tzus are happiest when they’re cuddled up and cozy with their favorite person—which isn’t a surprise considering that they were initially bred to warm the laps of Chinese emperors. The rest of the world didn’t discover this adorable breed until the 1930s, but they quickly became one of the most popular toy dogs in the United States and abroad.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), they are as sweet and charming as they appear, especially to children, making them an ideal family addition. Just remember to take special care of their coat which—though a bit demanding—is truly their crowning glory. We’ve rounded up the most popular Shih Tzu names of the year from our enormous Rover.com database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by Shih Tzu owners, ranked in order of popularity. Did your dog’s name make the list?

Looking for a dog name for your new puppy or adopted family member? Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.

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  1. Bella
  2. Teddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Max
  5. Lucy
  6. Gizmo
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Chloe
  10. Daisy
  11. Lola
  12. Chewy
  13. Buddy
  14. Toby
  15. Coco
  16. Luna
  17. Milo
  18. Sophie
  19. Cooper
  20. Oreo
  21. Bentley
  22. Molly
  23. Rocky
  24. Oliver
  25. Bailey
  26. Maggie
  27. Lulu
  28. Leo
  29. Benji
  30. Mia
  31. Sadie
  32. Bear
  33. Oscar
  34. Tucker
  35. Louie
  36. Princess
  37. Rosie
  38. Coco
  39. Gracie
  40. Penny
  41. Jack
  42. Ollie
  43. Cookie
  44. Murphy
  45. Izzy
  46. Beau
  47. Bailey
  48. Stella
  49. Ellie
  50. Bandit
  51. Winston
  52. Lexi
  53. Theo
  54. Ruby
  55. Pepper
  56. Lucky
  57. Ginger
  58. Roxy
  59. Harley
  60. Dexter
  61. Bruno
  62. Buster
  63. Romeo
  64. Minnie
  65. Archie
  66. Gus
  67. Baxter
  68. Piper
  69. Jax
  70. Henry
  71. Nala
  72. Sasha
  73. Prince
  74. Sammy
  75. Chase
  76. Gigi
  77. Missy
  78. Ella
  79. Oreo
  80. Poppy
  81. Maya
  82. Abby
  83. Belle
  84. Marley
  85. Pebbles
  86. Loki
  87. Annie
  88. Ace
  89. Simba
  90. Duke
  91. Benny
  92. Roscoe
  93. Lacey
  94. Millie
  95. Honey
  96. Baby
  97. Riley
  98. Brody
  99. Zeus
  100. Walter
  101. Lady
  102. Willow
  103. Layla
  104. Pepper
  105. Snickers
  106. Jake
  107. Jasper
  108. Cosmo
  109. Miley
  110. Charlie
  111. Winnie
  112. Ziggy
  113. Jackson
  114. Koda
  115. Kobe
  116. Cody
  117. Joey
  118. Sassy
  119. Brady
  120. Finn
  121. Rocco
  122. Harley
  123. Mimi
  124. Callie
  125. Mocha
  126. Trixie
  127. Yoshi
  128. Fluffy
  129. Remi
  130. Otis
  131. Tank
  132. Phoebe
  133. Cocoa
  134. Khloe
  135. Pixie
  136. King
  137. Yogi
  138. Chance
  139. Sparky
  140. Shadow
  141. Scooter

Top 10 Female Shih Tzu Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Zoe*
  4. Lily*
  5. Chloe*
  6. Daisy
  7. Lola
  8. Coco*
  9. Luna
  10. Sophie*

Top 10 Male Shih Tzu Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Teddy*
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Gizmo*
  5. Chewy*
  6. Buddy
  7. Toby*
  8. Milo
  9. Cooper
  10. Oreo*

Via Pixabay/Toberoon

It seems that fun, food-inspired names are popular choices for Shih Tzu families when it comes to choosing a moniker. Maybe it’s because these pups are so small and sweet you just want to eat them up? As you can see, there are a plethora of names that seems to be cuisine-inspired, including Oreo, Cookie, Pepper, Ginger, and Snickers.

We also see a big influx of quirky and silly names, probably because this breed has such a fun-loving and charming personality, plus they’re super popular with kids (and we know how much they love silly names). The most popular ones include Chewy, Gizmo, Pebbles, Yogi, and Sassy.

Shih Tzu Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great Shih Tzu names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite food, television shows, musicians, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport a favorite dish’s name like Curry or a TV character-inspired moniker like Fonzie.

Another consideration when choosing your Shih Tzu’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”

Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best Shih Tzu names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Poppy, it’s time for dinner!” or “Chance, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

Via Pixabay/BenjaminNelan

All Dog Names, All the Time

As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.

To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2020, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top geeky choices, Australian dog names, creative dog names, and popular names for red dogs, cute dogs, Bernese Mountain dogs and many more.

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