50 Chinese Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Julie •  Updated: 08/24/20 •  10 min read
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Have you adopted a dog from a breed that originates in China and would like to find the perfect Chinese name for your new fur baby? Or do you love all things Chinese? If you’re looking for a Chinese name for your dog, then you’ve come to the right place.

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We’ve put together a list of Chinese dog names and their meanings to help you find the best name for your dog! You’ll find the names are categorized by breed, too! Have fun and let’s get started!

Chinese Dog Names for Shih Tzu

Did you know that name “Shih tzu” means “little lion” in Chinese? If you’re familiar with this breed, the name makes sense. These small dogs do resemble lions in their looks (here, think of the stylized lions found in ancient Chinese art). However, Shih tzu’s personality is anything but lion-like!  These small dogs are known to be loving, loyal companions.

Shih tzus were once the dogs solely owned by emperors; however, these days, they are lovely little dogs cherished by families around the world. Their cute faces are enough to twitch your heart strings. They feature long, silky hair and while they may appear regal, these little dogs can be quite lively and have funny personalities.

Here are some great names that may be a good fit for your Shih tzu!

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1). Chundu: means “Purity.” We just thought this was a very pretty name!

2). Zu: means “Lord,” which could be the perfect name if your fur baby believes he’s in charge of everything!

3). Gongzu: means “Princess,” which could be the perfect name for a girl dog who knows she’s in charge!

4). Ganqing: means “Affection.” What could be a better name for a loving little Shih tz?

5). Keai: means “Lovely.” If you have a pretty little lady dog, this would be a beautiful name for her!

6). Ezuoju: means “Mischievous.” Some Shih tzus are known for being little characters who can be somewhat mischievous. This could be a great name for your dog if he’s a little comedian!

7). Qiangdu: means “Strength.” While these little dogs are know noted for their strength, if you have a Shih tzu with a strong personality, this could be a great name for him or her!

8). Juhua: means “Chrysanthemum.” This is a fitting name, as Shih tzu dogs were once called “Chrysanthemum” dogs in China!

9). Tiaopi: means “Playful,” which is the perfect name if your little dog is on the playful side!

10). Meili: means “Beautiful.” What a pretty name for a beautiful little lady dog!

Chinese Dog Names for Pug

Pugs are another ancient Chinese dog breed. In fact, you’ll know a Pug when you see one—they’re those cut small dogs with the wrinkly faces! Their faces are also slight squished in and adorable, we might add. These small dogs are known for looking extremely regal, but they have a reputation for being on the clownish side! They love to play and are extremely devoted to their pet parents.

These small dogs are generally known for being happy, charming, playful and intelligent. Their intelligence is a characteristic that can make them a bit stubborn, and sometimes difficult to train.

Pugs also make great watchdogs, and if they’re properly socialized, these small dogs can also be around other pets and young kids.

Here are some Chinese names that would be perfect for your Pug!

11). Baobei: means “baby,” and could be the perfect name if your Pug is truly the pet baby of your family!

12). Xia Xue: means “snow,” and would be the perfect name for a dog that really loves playing in the snow. However, be aware that Pugs don’t really like winter weather or the cold all that well. Some will even resist going out if the weather’s too cold.

13). Mei mei: means “little sister.” This could be a great name if your fur baby is a little girl and you already have another dog at home!

14). Yonggan: means “brave,” and could be the perfect name for a great little watchdog!

15). Shizi: means “lion.” If your fur baby as brave as a lion? Then this could be a great name for him!

16). Chongbai: means “adored.” If you truly adore and love your little canine companion, this would be the ultimate best name for them!

17). Bo: means “precious,” which is another great name for a Pug who is extremely precious to you.

18). Heai: means “kindly,” and could the be perfect name for a sweet-natured little Pug!

19). Xun: means “fast.” If you have a little Pug who loves to run fast, then here’s the perfect name for them!

20). Jun: means “handsome.” This is a great name for a little Pug boy who is very good looking!

Chinese Dog Names Shar Pei

Next on our list of Chinese dog names are those that might be a great choice for a Shar-Pei! Shar-Peis are medium-sized dog that also originated in China. These were originally working dogs used to guard the home and livestock, herd cattle, and were also used for hunting.

These beautiful dogs are known for the wrinkly faces and body, and their bluish-black tongues and mouth. They’re known for being intelligent dogs, but they can be stubborn and difficult to train. These are not the best dogs for those who are not experienced dealing with more difficult dog breeds.

These dogs can be aggressive; however, with proper training and socialization they can be a great family dog. However, they’re better for families that have older children.

Now, here are some great Chinese names for a Shar-Pei!

21). Tao: means “large waves,” and could be a great name for a dog with wrinkly skin!

22). Wonton: means “dumpling” and would be a very cute name for a Shar-Pei.

23). Shen: means “god, spirit, or deity.” If you have a dog who believes he’s head of the house, then this could be an apt name for them!

24). Mushu: is the name of a popular pork dish in China. If you love this dish, this could be the perfect name for your fur baby. Or if you just like the sound of the name, this could be an excellent choice of name for your Shar-Pei!

25). Fushi: is the name of the oriental god of happiness.

26). Hao: means “good,” and could be the best name choice if your Shar-Pei is a good dog. We are sure your canine companion is a good dog!

27). Chang: means “to flourish, prosper, good, sunlight.” This would be the perfect name for a dog with a sunny disposition!

28). Fu: means “good luck or good fortune,” and is an excellent name for a dog!

29). Ling: means “spirit or soul,” a very pretty name for your fur baby!

30). Lin: means “gem,” which could be a great name for your canine companion, we’re very sure he or she is a beautiful gem.

Chinese Dog Names for Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is another highly distinguished dog that has come from China. In China, these dogs were bred for hunting, herding cattle, pulling loads and to protect. You’ll know the Chow Chow for their blue-black tongues and very thick fur. You could say these beautiful dogs strongly resemble teddy bears.

Chow Chows have slightly wrinkled faces and beautiful, fluffy fur coats! These dogs are known to be extremely confident and self-reliant, and they’re very quiet. They don’t have a tendency to bark too much.

Chow Chows are also known for being very territorial and make excellent guard dogs. They can also be quite headstrong and may be suspicious of strangers. Even so, these dogs are extremely devoted to their pet parents.

Here are some great name choices for your Chow Chow!

31). Berndt: means “brave like a bear,” and is an apt name for these beautiful dogs that are brave and resemble bears.

32). Cong: means “one who has lots of wisdom and excels in every aspect.” If your fur baby is especially smart, this could be a great name for him!

33). Gho: means “responsible and inspirational being.” Again, this would be an apt name for a Chow Chow!

34). Hui: means “sharp, quick or clever.” This would be a pretty name for a Chow Chow who is especially smart and quick to learn.

35). Ju-long: means “strong and mighty like a dragon.”

36). Lian: means “she who is graceful as a willow.” If you have a very graceful girl Chow Chow, this would be a wonderful name for her!

37). Na: means “an elegant or smooth person.” All Chow Chows are extremely beautiful and elegant dogs, so what could name could you choose?

38). Syaoran: means “he who is a little wolf.” A boy Chow Chow could resemble a wolf!

39). Wei: means “valuable.” What dog isn’t valuable?

40). Zhong: means “loyal.” This would be an excellent name choice for an extremely loyal Chow Chow fur baby!

Chinese Dog Names Female 

If you’re still looking for that perfect name for your girl fur baby, here are some pretty Chinese dog names for girls that might be a good choice!

41). Ai: means “loving.” If your canine companion is a loving girl, then this could be a great name for her!

42). Chun hua: means “spring flower.” If your girl dog was born in the spring, what a beautiful name for her! Or if she reminds you of a flower, this could be a pretty name for her!

43). Dong mei: means “winter plum,” which could be a pretty name for a dog who was born in the winter.

44). Jia: means “beautiful.” We know you have a beautiful little girl dog—this is the perfect name for her!

45). Sying: means “star.” If your fur baby is the center of your love, this could be a great name for her. Think of the solar system with the sun in the center—she could be the sun of your life.

46). Yue: means “moon.” Another beautiful name for a little girl dog, which also has a reference to space. If you have a dog who has silver hair, like the color of the moon, this would also be a pretty name for her.

47). An: means “peaceful or loving.” If you have a lady dog who is peaceful or extremely loving, what better name could you choose?

48). Jiao: means “charming.” If your little lady is quite charming, then this is an apt name for her.

49). Shu: means “warm hearted,” and could be a pretty name for girl dog who is extremely kind and caring.

50). Qiao: means “skillful.” This could be a great name for a lady dog who is great at dog competitions or at learning new skills.

We hope you’ve found just the right name for your fur baby on our list, or that the list has inspired you with ideas for your canine companion’s name!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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