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Lhasa Apso Names

Updated: October 06, 2023

      The Lhasa Apso originated in Tibet where many common names among the breed can be traced. In fact, the breed’s name is taken from Lhasa which is the traditional capitol of Tibet. A few favorite Tibetan names include Palden (meaning glorious), Sonam (meaning gifted), Tashi (meaning good fortune), and Tinley (meaning enlightened activitiy). Tibet is known to have the highest average elevation of any region on earth. Some name ideas derived from mountains in the Himalayas include Lhotse, Makalu, Lakpa, Somoni, and Everest. The Lhasa Apso was originally kept by Buddhist monks to alert them of intruders entering the monastery. A few names borrowed from modern technological security systems are Siren, Viper, and Sonic.
Name Reason to Choose
Almond It's perfect for a Lhasa Apso with a light brown coat
Arniko It's the name of a famous Nepalese artist, reflecting the Himalayan region where the breed originates
Bailey This name has Irish origins meaning 'brave', perfect for a courageous Lhasa Apso
Bamboo It's a unique name for a Lhasa Apso, signifying strength and flexibility
Bear For a Lhasa Apso with a fluffy coat like a bear
Belle Ideal for a charming and beautiful Lhasa Apso
Bingo It's a classic dog name that's easy for the Lhasa Apso to learn and respond to
Biscotti A delightful Italian name that captures the Lhasa Apso's luxurious coat, which can be as crumbly as a biscuit
Biscuit It's a sweet name for a Lhasa Apso with a light brown coat
Blossom It's a lovely name for a Lhasa Apso who brings a bloom of joy to your life
Bodhi It means 'enlightenment' or 'awakening' in Sanskrit, perfect for a wise Lhasa Apso
Buddy A friendly name for a Lhasa Apso who is your best friend
Buttons A cute name for a cute dog, inspired by the Lhasa Apso's small size and adorable face
Champ Perfect for a Lhasa Apso with a strong and winning personality
Chophel This is a traditional Tibetan name, which is fitting as the Lhasa Apso breed originates from Tibet
Cinders The name signifies the breed's coat color which can sometimes resemble the color of cinders
Cloud It's a fluffy name for a Lhasa Apso with a soft white coat
Coco Ideal for a Lhasa Apso with a dark brown, chocolate-like colour
Cody A popular pet name, it's simple yet charming, much like the playful and affectionate nature of this breed
Cookie A sweet name for a sweet breed
Count This name personifies the regal demeanor and aristocratic history of the Lhasa Apsos
Cuddles Because a Lhasa Apso loves nothing more than a good cuddle session
Dablam It's named after a popular peak in the Himalayas, reflecting the breed's Tibetan roots
Daisy For a Lhasa Apso as delicate and beautiful as a daisy flower
Dash Ideal for a Lhasa Apso with a playful and lively nature
Dawa It's a common name in Tibetan culture, which is where the breed is originally from
Doodle The Lhasa Apso's fluffy appearance can remind some of a doodle or a sketch, making this a fun and appropriate name
Duga This name is of Tibetan origin, just like the Lhasa Apso breed
Echo It's a resonant name for a Lhasa Apso with a strong and distinctive bark
Everest This name is a reference to the highest peak in the Himalayas, relating to the breed's geographical origin
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Ancient or Historical Names

Lhasa Apsos have a rich history, dating back thousands of years. Ancient or historical names can reflect this heritage.
Name Description
Apollo Named after the Greek god of music, truth, and prophecy
Artemis Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt
Athena Takes name from the Greek goddess of wisdom
Brutus Inspired by the Roman senator who took part in the assassination of Julius Caesar
Caesar Named after the title used by Roman and Byzantine emperors
Circe Inspired by the enchantress from Greek mythology
Cleopatra Inspired by the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt
Hannibal Named after the Carthaginian military commander
Helen Borrowed from Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world according to Greek mythology
Hercules Borrowed from the Roman hero and god
Homer Named after the famous ancient Greek epic poet
Julius Inspired by the historic Roman General, Julius Caesar
Leonidas Inspired by the legendary king of Sparta
Medusa Named after the mythical Greek monster
Merlin Inspired by the legendary wizard from Arthurian legend
Midas Takes name from the Greek king who turned everything he touched into gold
Nefertiti Named after the Egyptian queen renowned for her beauty
Orion Takes name from the legendary Greek hunter
Pandora Named after the first human woman created by the gods in Greek mythology
Perseus Inspired by the Greek hero who beheaded Medusa
Plato Named after the famous ancient Greek philosopher
Ramses Takes the name from the powerful pharaoh of ancient Egypt
Sparta Named after the prominent city-state in ancient Greece
Venus Takes name from the Roman goddess of love
Zeus Named after the king of the gods in Greek mythology

Calm Dog Names

Lhasa Apsos are known for their calm and composed demeanor, so names that reflect these traits could be suitable.
Name Description
Bliss This name represents ultimate happiness and tranquility
Breeze This name signifies a gentle and soothing presence
Buddha This name is derived from a religious figure known for spreading peace and serenity
Calm The name itself denotes tranquility and peace
Chill A slang term for relaxed or calm
Dove A universal symbol of peace and tranquility
Felix This name means 'happy', suitable for a content and calm Lhasa Apso
Halo A sign of serenity and divine calmness
Harmony It signifies a state of tranquility, an ideal fit for a calm Lhasa Apso
Karma A spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions influence the future
Lullaby A soothing song that brings calmness
Meadow This name is reminiscent of calm, serene landscapes
Misty A name that recalls soothing, foggy mornings
Nirvana A transcendent state where there is no suffering, desire, nor sense of self
Oasis It symbolizes a calm and peaceful refuge
Pax It's Latin for peace, a perfect fit for a calm Lhasa Apso
Pebble A small, smooth stone found in serene environments like a river or beach
Placid This name is an adjective that means 'not easily upset or excited'
Serenity This name reflects a state of peacefulness
Silent A name that perfectly describes a quiet and calm demeanor
Solace This name means comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness
Tranquil This name signifies peace and calmness
Valley A serene and peaceful place, perfect for a calm Lhasa Apso
Zen It denotes a state of calmness and meditation
Zenith A name that signifies a peaceful state of mind

Fluffy Dog Names

Lhasa Apsos are known for their long, fluffy coats, making this a relevant subcategory.
Name Description
Bunny A sweet name for a Lhasa Apso with a fluffy, soft coat
Chiffon Chiffon is light and fluffy, much like the dog's fur
Cirrus This name, after a type of cloud, reflects the dog's fluffy coat
Cloud It perfectly illustrates the fluffy nature of Lhasa Apsos
Cotton This name conveys both softness and fluffiness
Cottonball It perfectly captures the fluffy appearance of a Lhasa Apso
Cuddles This name refers to the dog's fluffy, cuddly nature
Feather This name conveys both softness and fluffiness
Fluffernutter A fun, playful name that emphasizes the dog's fluffy coat
Fluffy It's a quite literal interpretation of the dog's characteristic fur
Furball This name captures the dog's round, fluffy shape
Fuzz An affectionate term for their fluffy coat
Marshmallow It's a cute, fluffy connotation
Muffin Reflects the fluffiness and roundness of a Lhasa Apso
Nimbus This name echoes the fluffy, cloud-like appearance of the dog
Pillow This is a playful name referring to their fluffy appearance
Pompom This name is reminiscent of the dog's round, fluffy shape
Poodle A playful name hinting at another fluffy breed
Powder It is a cute name for a white, fluffy Lhasa Apso
Puff This name is a cute representation of their fluffy coat
Sherpa This name, after the Sherpa wool, represents the Lhasa Apso's fluffy coat
Snowball This name is ideal for a white, fluffy Lhasa Apso
Tumbleweed A fun, unique name for a Lhasa Apso with a wild, fluffy coat
Woolworth A fun play on words that reflects the dog's fluffy coat
Wooly This name reflects the thick, fluffy coat of a Lhasa Apso

Small Dog Names

Lhasa Apsos are a small breed, so names commonly used for small dogs could be a good fit.
Name Description
Bean Beans are small but nutritious, akin to a Lhasa Apso's small size but strong personality
Biscuit This name reflects the small size of a Lhasa Apso, similar to a small, bite-sized biscuit
Button Buttons are small and cute, just like this breed of dog
Cupcake Sweet and petite, just like a Lhasa Apso
Gizmo A term for a gadget, often small, which fits the Lhasa Apso's stature
Munchkin This name is a playful way to refer to the small stature of a Lhasa Apso
Niblet A tiny morsel of food, representing the small size of the breed
Nugget Nuggets are small pieces of something precious, much like a Lhasa Apso is to its owner
Peanut Just as peanuts are small but packed with nutrients, Lhasa Apso dogs may be small but they have a big personality
Pebble Reflects the small size of a Lhasa Apso, while also signifying strength
Pickle This term of endearment fits the small, lively character of a Lhasa Apso
Pico Pico means small in Spanish, making it a fitting name for a Lhasa Apso
Pip Pip is a small seed in a fruit, representing the Lhasa Apso's small size
Pippin A small apple variety, perfect for a small dog breed
Pixie The name mirrors the Lhasa Apso's small size and playful, magical personality
Rolo Rolo candies are small and sweet, just like a Lhasa Apso
Smudge Smudges are small marks, a fun and quirky name for a small dog
Sprout Sprouts are small but full of life, much like this dog breed
Squirt This name is often used for small and lively creatures, much like a Lhasa Apso
Teeny A cute name that highlights the Lhasa Apso's small size
Thimble This name is a nod to the small size of a Lhasa Apso, similar to a thimble used in sewing
Tinker An adorable name for a small, playful pup
Titch A British term for a small person, ideal for a small breed like the Lhasa Apso
Trinket Trinkets are small and precious, just like a Lhasa Apso
Twiggy This name denotes something small and slender, much like a Lhasa Apso

Tibetan Names

The Lhasa Apso breed originates from Tibet, so Tibetan names can be a fitting tribute to the dog's heritage.
Name Description
Chenpo A Tibetan name meaning 'great', suitable for a Lhasa Apso with a big personality
Choden Choden means 'one who is devout', a suitable name for a devoted Lhasa Apso
Dawa This name means 'moon' in Tibetan, a popular Lhasa Apso name
Dolma Dolma is a popular Tibetan name, symbolizing the 'goddess of harvest'
Dorje In Tibetan, Dorje means 'thunderbolt', a lively name for an energetic Lhasa Apso
Gyatso Gyatso translates to 'ocean' and can be a unique name for a Lhasa Apso
Kalsang In Tibetan, it signifies 'good fortune', a great name for a lucky Lhasa Apso
Kunchen Kunchen signifies 'all-knowing', a fitting name for a wise Lhasa Apso
Lhamo Lhamo translates to 'goddess', an ideal name for a regal Lhasa Apso
Lobsang Lobsang, which means 'kind-hearted', is a great name for a friendly Lhasa Apso
Mingma Mingma means 'charming' in Tibetan, perfect for a charming Lhasa Apso
Namgyal Namgyal signifies 'victorious' in Tibetan, a perfect name for a triumphant Lhasa Apso
Ngawang Ngawang, meaning 'powerful speech', could suit a vocal Lhasa Apso
Norbu Norbu translates to 'precious gem', a fitting name for a cherished pet
Palden Palden translates to 'glorious brilliance', a fitting name for a radiant Lhasa Apso
Pema Pema means 'lotus', a symbol of purity in Tibetan culture
Rinchen Rinchen, meaning 'precious jewel', is a great name for a precious pet
Sampa Sampa, meaning 'kind-hearted', is a lovely name for a Lhasa Apso
Sonam Sonam, meaning 'merit', could be a great name for a well-behaved Lhasa Apso
Tashi Tashi, meaning 'prosperous', is a wonderful name for a beloved Lhasa Apso
Tenzin A prominent Tibetan name, meaning 'holder of Buddha Dharma'
Tsomo Tsomo translates to 'lake' and could be a unique name for a Lhasa Apso
Wangchuk Wangchuk signifies 'mighty', a good name for a strong Lhasa Apso
Yeshe Yeshe, meaning 'wisdom', is an ideal name for a wise Lhasa Apso
Yonten Yonten, which means 'intelligent', is a fitting name for a smart Lhasa Apso
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Tale of Norbu the Lhasa Apso

In the majestic land of Tibet, where the snow-capped mountains reached for the heavens, and the air was crisp and pure, there lived a small yet spirited Lhasa Apso named Norbu. Norbu was a descendant of the ancient breed of dogs that had lived in the region for centuries, protecting Buddhist monasteries and their sacred treasures.

Norbu was born and raised within the walls of the serene Tsewang Monastery, perched high on a mountainside. The monks who called the monastery home treated Norbu with kindness and respect, and he returned their love tenfold. As Norbu grew, he was taught the sacred duties of a Lhasa Apso – to protect the monastery, serve as a loyal companion to the monks, and help maintain the spiritual balance of the holy place.

The head monk, Lama Tenzin, had a special bond with Norbu. He believed the small dog was a reincarnation of a wise and compassionate spirit, sent to guide and protect the monastery. Lama Tenzin would often meditate with Norbu at his side, the two of them finding a sense of peace and harmony in each other's presence.

One day, as the sun dipped below the mountain peaks and the sky turned a brilliant shade of gold, a stranger arrived at the monastery seeking refuge. He claimed to be a weary traveler who had lost his way in the treacherous mountains. Lama Tenzin welcomed the stranger with open arms, offering him food and shelter for the night.

As night fell and the monastery's inhabitants retreated to their quarters, Norbu felt an unsettling sensation in the pit of his stomach. He could not shake the feeling that something was amiss. Trusting his instincts, Norbu decided to patrol the monastery, his keen senses on high alert.

As he padded silently through the darkened halls, Norbu caught a glimpse of the stranger sneaking into the sacred prayer room, where the monastery's most treasured relics were kept. The stranger's intentions were now clear – he was a thief, seeking to steal the monastery's holy artifacts.

Norbu knew that he could not allow the thief to desecrate the monastery and rob the monks of their sacred possessions. Despite his small size, Norbu sprang into action, determined to protect his home. He barked loudly, alerting the monks to the intrusion, and darted into the prayer room, bravely confronting the thief.

The thief, startled by Norbu's sudden appearance, stumbled backward, losing his balance and dropping the precious relics he had tried to steal. The commotion roused the monks from their slumber, and they rushed to the scene, led by Lama Tenzin.

Upon seeing Norbu and the would-be thief, the monks quickly realized what had transpired. They apprehended the thief, grateful to Norbu for his courage and vigilance. Lama Tenzin, his faith in Norbu reaffirmed, praised the small Lhasa Apso for his bravery and unwavering loyalty.

From that day on, Norbu's reputation as a devoted guardian of the Tsewang Monastery spread far and wide. The monks, grateful for his service, treated him with even greater respect and love. Norbu continued to fulfill his sacred duties with pride, always watchful, always loyal, and always the embodiment of the ancient spirit that had protected the monastery for generations.

And so, in the heart of Tibet, where the mountains pierced the sky, and the air whispered ancient secrets, the story of Norbu, the brave Lhasa Apso, lived on, a testament to the strength, courage, and unwavering loyalty of a truly remarkable dog.

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