50 Cool Tibetan Dog Names for Your Lhasa Apso Puppy

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Dr. Mark is a small-animal veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

Since Lhasa Apsos are a Tibetan breed, why not give yours an authentic Tibetan name?
Since Lhasa Apsos are a Tibetan breed, why not give yours an authentic Tibetan name? | Source

Ready to pick out a great Tibetan name for your new Lhasa Apso? Try to name your new pup something that fits her personality. Lhasa Apsos are often considered great watchdogs, but many are also content to lie around on their favorite lap. In some cases, Lhasas get so used to the lapdog life that they will not get up to bark at anything.

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Dog Name?

All dog names should . . .

  • have two syllables (this helps with training).
  • be easy to pronounce.
  • not sound like the name of another person or pet in the household.

First, try to determine whether your puppy responds better to names that end with vowel sounds or names that end with consonant sounds. Start with a name like “Dorjee” (thunderbolt) or “Karma” (action) for instance, then try “Jalus” (rainbow), and see which one piques your pup's interest. Try to find a name both you and your dog will like, and be sure to have fun!

This adorable Lhasa puppy is too young to be named!
This adorable Lhasa puppy is too young to be named! | Source

Tibetan Names for Male Dogs

Name
Meaning
Aku
Uncle
Apo
Father
Dawa
Born on Monday
Dorjee
Thunderbolt
Kalsang
Good fortune
Norbu
Jewel
This Lhasa pup is very protective of her toy.
This Lhasa pup is very protective of her toy. | Source

Tibetan Names for Female Dogs

Name
Meaning
Bumo
Daughter
Cunu
Baby
Dalha
Moon goddess
Diki
Healthy and wealthy
Jampo
Gentle
Jaya
Victory (Hindi)
Young Lhasa Apsos can fit in some tight spaces!
Young Lhasa Apsos can fit in some tight spaces! | Source

Tibetan Animal Names

Name
Meaning
Cilpa
Small bird
Goba
Eagle
Kasa
Deer
Lugu
Lamb

New Puppy Checklist

If you have not already purchased a tag for your puppy, go ahead and buy one from your pet store or order one from Amazon.com as soon as you have picked out a name. You should also talk to your vet about microchipping your new Lhasa at your next visit.

Tibetan Words for Colors

Name
Meaning
Akar
Crystal
Bosa
Ivory
Cintsha
Cinnamon
Nagbo
Black
Marmug
Brown
Marpo
Red
Mutig
Pearl
Kabo
White
Okha
Milk white
Posi
Amber

Buddhist Dog Names

Name
Meaning
Choden
The devout one
Chos
Dharma
Dharma
The eternal nature of reality
Jampa
Loving-kindness
Jinpa
Generosity
Karma
Action
Lama
Spiritual teacher
Las
Another form of karma
Pema
Lotus
This Apso is a little too comfy for guard-dog duty.,
This Apso is a little too comfy for guard-dog duty., | Source

Additional Tibetan Names

Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Name
Meaning
Amra
Gentle
Jetsan
King
Seba
A rose
Badam
Peanut
Ketu
Shooting star
Shiwa
Peaceful
Dawa
The moon
Mida
Pistol
Tashi
Prosperous
Despa
Brave
Namba
Daybreak
Torma
Magic stone
Duga
Common Tibetan name
Ponya
Angel
Yama
Wrathful god
Jempa
Clever
Reba
Hope
Zopa
Patient

Be sure to pick a special Tibetan name for your new puppy and not one of the many overused dog names that have become popular these days. If you do not find a name you like here, try looking for a specific word you like on an online Tibetan dictionary. Do your research—you'll have to use your dog's name for up to 20 years. Be sure to practice any names you are considering with your dog—watch how he responds and choose accordingly!

I am not a native Tibetan speaker, but I have done my best to make sure all of these names are correct. If you are a native speaker and have found any errors here, please let me know in the comments section so that I can correct them.

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        Prasadika 

        2 years ago

        As my dog's name is CHIGUE but it is a temporary name so I am going to change its name

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        Dr Mark 

        4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Hi Mary, I appreciate it. Researching another language to write a hub like this is a lot of fun. I´m glad you enjoyed it, especially the pictures. (My own rescue Lhasa did not make this hub because he was ugly and would probably scare off any readers even before reading the names! He passed on about 10 years ago and I still miss his scruffy hair and underbite when I step out onto my porch each morning.)

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        Mary Craig 

        4 years ago from New York

        I thought this was great! All of these names seem suited to a Lhasa Apso if they fit the dog's personality.

        The pictures were all adorable and the video too cute!

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        Dr Mark 

        4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Funny comment. You should see all the others that I did not include on this list! Some of these are really good, like Rama and Seba, but there were hundreds that were just too hard for a dog to understand.

        One of my clients named her new dog Amendoim (Peanut). Can you imagine calling a dog by that name all of the time?

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        Bob Bamberg 

        4 years ago

        Maybe it's just me, but the Tibetan language doesn't seem well suited for dog names. The words don't seem to flow as smoothly as some of the other languages. But then, I've met dogs whose names didn't flow smoothly, but the word had special meaning to the owners.

        Spot. See Spot run. Run Spot, run. Now THAT flows smoothly :)

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