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50 Cool Tibetan Dog Names for Your Lhasa Apso Puppy

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Dr. Mark is a 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?

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!

Tibetan Names for Male Dogs

NameMeaning

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.

Tibetan Names for Female Dogs

NameMeaning

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!

Tibetan Animal Names

NameMeaning

Cilpa

Small bird

Goba

Eagle

Kasa

Deer

Lugu

Lamb

Tibetan Words for Colors

NameMeaning

Akar

Crystal

Bosa

Ivory

Cintsha

Cinnamon

Nagbo

Black

Marmug

Brown

Marpo

Red

Mutig

Pearl

Kabo

White

Okha

Milk white

Posi

Amber

Buddhist Dog Names

NameMeaning

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.,

Additional Tibetan Names

NameMeaningNameMeaningNameMeaning

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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Comments

Prasadika on April 12, 2017:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 12, 2015:

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.)

Mary Craig from New York on November 12, 2015:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 11, 2015:

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?

Bob Bamberg on November 11, 2015:

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 :)