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Basset Hound Names

Basset Hounds have a long and distinguished history as a breed. Their roots go back to France in the Middle Ages, but the breed also has connections to Great Britain and to 18th and 19th century America. You can easily draw on these historical associations to find a cool name for your Basset Hound. Or, you can find a name that’s popular today. Think of some of the most popular movies in theaters today and the characters that you love. Or think of books with great characters. Can’t you imagine a Basset Hound Names Heathcliff? Or Harry Potter? When choosing a name for your dog, let your imagination inspire you!

Human Names

These days, many people prefer to treat their dogs like members of the family. With that in mind, the most popular dog names today are actually human names. According to VPI, the pet insurance company, the top 10 dog names in 2010 were:

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Charlie
10. Sophie

There’s no Fido, Rex, or Spot on the list. People seem to prefer to give their dogs the same names that they give their children. If you want to find great names for your dog, one of the best places to look is a book for baby names, or a site such as BabyNames.com http://www.babynames.com/Names/Popular/. You can find a comprehensive list of the most popular baby names and which ones are becoming more popular, as well as new names that are gaining in popularity. They also have a listing of the names of celebrity babies and even some suggestions for pet names. In case you’re interested, Jerry Seinfeld named his miniature Dachshund Jose. His two pet cats are named Nutella and Cinnamon. Spices would make great names for your Basset Hound, too!

Characteristics

You could name your Basset Hound something based on his physical characteristics. For instance, what about those long ears? Or his slow, deliberate speed? How about naming him Rabbit? That would be cute and not something that most people would associate with a Basset Hound, unless he was out hunting rabbits. Or, maybe Bunny?

What about something based on his coloring? Maybe your Basset’s coloring forms some interesting design? Or he has a beautiful tan or lemon shade? If he’s a lemon and white Basset you could name him Sherbet or Sorbet for the frozen dessert.

What about the wrinkles? Can you think of something cute based on them? Or, how about that sabre tail that he carries above his back? Call him Sabre.

Often times you can come up with a great name for your dog just by really looking at him and seeing what characteristics stand out about him.

History

And, with the Basset Hound’s long history, there are many famous people you could name your dog for. Name him for famous breeders of the past, such as the Marquis de Lafayette and call your dog Marquis. Or, name him George Washington and call him George. Name your Basset Hound after the St. Hubert hounds the breed is descended from and call him Hubert. Napoleon III was another famous fancier of the breed so you could obviously call your dog Napoleon. Sherlock would make a great name for a Basset Hound. And, Lt. Columbo famously had a Basset Hound that accompanied him on some of his cases. He called his Basset Hound “Dog.” Perhaps you could call your Basset Hound Columbo.

Conclusion

There are many great names you could give your Basset Hound. Think of human names for your Basset, or names from history, or something based on your dog’s physical characteristics. The important thing is that you choose a name that you and your dog like.

Shih Tzu Names

As one of the most popular of all dog breeds, people have come up with all kinds of Shih Tzu names. You can be as creative as you like when trying to find a name for one of these delightful dogs. They have a long, rich history, so you might refer to their Chinese origins to choose a name. Or, you might draw on their beautiful appearance. Or, you could consider their lively, playful personality. There’s really almost no limit to where you could look for names for your dog.

Tibetan and Chinese Names

With their Tibetan origins and their historical ties to China and the Ming dynasty, you could choose a name for your dog to conjure these faraway lands. From Tibet, Akar means white crystal; Amrita means ambrosia; Anil means air or wind; Boshay means amber; Ceba means “dear to hold”; Cimba means small; Diki means healthy and wealthy; Dorje means thunderbolt, indomitable; Garkan means dancer; Goba means eagles; Jalus means rainbow; Jampo means gentle; Jangbo means clever, wise; Jetsan means king; Jigme means fearless; Kalsang means good fortune; Kasa means deer; Kipu means happy; Kitsi means tickle; Lhundup means miraculous; Mida means pistol; Nima means sun; Nuba means howl; Nyima means sun; Pabu means puffball; Popo means lord; Poso means glory; Rabten means faithful; Rinchen means precious or treasure; Seba means reward; Senge means lion; Sengemo means lioness; Skamar means star; Somba means socks; Temba means good; Torma means magic stone; Wangchuk means mighty or powerful; Wangdak means protector or lordly; Wangdue means conqueror; Yeshe means wise one; Zonpa means young; and Zopa means patience.

Among Chinese names, you could choose: Bing Qing meaning ice crystal or clear; Bo meaning precious; Chang meaning prosperity or strength; Chen meaning great or vast; Cheung meaning good luck; Chong meaning clever or intelligent; Chow meaning summer; Chun meaning spring; Chung meaning the wise one; Fai meaning brilliant light; Fu meaning wealthy; Heng meaning eternal; Huan meaning a flower; Huan meaning happiness; Jia meaning beautiful; Jun meaning the truth; Liang meaning good; Lok meaning happy; Manchu meaning pure; Mee meaning beautiful; Na meaning graceful; Ning meaning rest, peace, and tranquility; Nuo meaning graceful; Quon meaning bright; Shen meaning deep-thinking or spiritual; Shing meaning victory; Shun meaning smooth; Sying meaning star; Tai meaning very big; Tao meaning long life; Ting Ting meaning graceful and slim; Ushi meaning ox; Wan meaning lovely and gentle; Wang meaning kingly; Wei meaning strong, great, valuable; Wen meaning refined, cultured; Wu meaning sorcerer or crow; Xun meaning fast; Yuan meaning the original; Zhen meaning chaste or virtuous; and Zi meaning beautiful and graceful.

Geographical Names

You could also choose a name from the peaks of the Himalayas, which include Tibet. Tibetan mountain peaks include: Changtse, Gauri Sankar, Gurla Mandhata Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Gyala Peri, Jomolhari, Kawagebo, Khumbutse, Lhotse, Makalu, Melungtse, Mount Kailash, Mount Nyainqentanglha, Mount Nyainqentanglha Namcha Barwa, Shishapangma, Yangra. Cherko la and North Col are mountain passes. Mount Gephel and Gurla Mandhata are smaller mountains.

Favorite Shih Tzu Dog Names

These are just some of the names you could choose for your Shih Tzu, based on the breed’s history. You could also consider the names of Chinese emperors or the Dalai Lamas. You could consider the names of Chinese dynasties or gods and goddesses. Mythology often provides wonderful stories with colorful characters that can give you great ideas for naming your dog.

You don’t have to use a Chinese or Tibetan name for your Shih Tzu, of course. There’s nothing wrong with naming your little dog Magnum or Angelina. As long as you choose a name that you and your dog like, that’s what’s important. You could also name your dog after characters in a popular film. (The Twilight movies are providing some popular dog names right now.)

According to VPI pet insurance company, the top 10 names for dogs in 2010 were:

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Charlie
10. Sophie

CONCLUSION

With an old breed like the Shih Tzu it’s not hard to find Shih Tzu names. You can consider the breed’s origin in Tibet or its connection to China. You can look for historical or geographical names. The important thing is to choose a name that you like and that your dog will respond to when you use it.