Dec. 04.2020 | Updated: September 17, 2021

Vladimir Putin’s Dogs from 1999 to Present Time: Short Review of Each Dog

Everyone knows that Russian President Vladimir Putin likes animals, especially dogs. That’s why foreign delegations often present him with four-legged pets on his birthday and another occasion (for example, as a gratitude for the assistance provided to the state). The President, in turn, is happy to get a tailed present. Of course, dogs are not the only animals donated to the Russian president. He was given a goat, tigers, horses. However, the Internet is full of photos where Putin appears in the company of a dog. So how many dogs did Putin have and how many are now? Where do they live? What kind of dog does Vladimir Putin have? Let’s find it together!

Vladimir Putin’s Dogs

In the United States, there has long been a tradition according to which the dogs of presidents live in the White House during their presidency. The Russian President also shares his American counterparts’ love for animals. Also, if you Google about Putin’s animals, you would see thousands of photos of different pets. However, let us tell you about those who have repeatedly flashed on the pages of newspapers and on the Internet articles.

Putin and Connie (Connie Leod Paulgrave)

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The Labrador named Connie has lived a long and happy life for a dog (15 years). When the president of Russia first took office, Sergey Shoygu gave Vladimir Putin a puppy. Connie lived with Vladimir in the same house. The dog sometimes attended official meetings. For example, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007.

At the end of 2014, the first four-legged friend of the president was gone. A little later, a book called “Connie’s stories” was published, which tells about the everyday life of the president on behalf of the dog. In St. Petersburg, residents erected a monument called “The President’s Best Friend – Connie’s Dog”. The monument is located on Primorsky Prospekt. The residents of this neighborhood believe that this is how they would protect their streets from new buildings. For many years, Connie itself was one of the most famous dogs in Russia. And sometimes Russian press tells about its descendants.

By the way, two dogs went to the President of Austria, one more to a pensioner from the Rostov region and six-year-old Katya Sergeenko from Smolensk.

Putin and Buffy

vladimir putin Buffy

The Bulgarian Minister Boyko Borisov presented a dog of the Bulgarian Shephard breed during Putin’s visit to Bulgaria. At that time, Vladimir Putin served as prime minister. The president accepted the shepherd dog with the name of Yorko, which means “God of War”. Vladimir did not like this name. After that, an all-Russian contest was announced that everyone could send their variant of the name for the president’s dog. The winner was Dima Sokolov, 5, who proposed to name the dog “Buffy”.

Putin and Yume

Putin and Yume

In 2011, a tsunami occurred in Japan. A terrible event that took the lives of dozens of people. Russia was one of the first countries to assist in the aftermath of the crisis. In 2012, the Japanese delegation, wishing to thank the President of Russia and presented Akita dog to Putin. The President named it “Yume” (“dream”). Indeed, this breed is the pride of the eastern country, every Japanese wants to have such a dog in his home.

Cynologists believe that Akita-Inu can determine the intentions of a stranger. The dog of this breed has a naturally developed mind and endurance. The dog would never attack a person until it hears the command of the owner. The return gesture of Putin was a kitten of Siberian breed.

Yume is a rare companion of Vladimir during his official visits. Once the president took the dog with him to a press conference. When the dog entered the room, he began barking loudly. The animal was not used to camera flashes and a large number of people. By the way, in the last photos, Buffy, standing on its hind legs, has already grown to the size of the president.

Putin and Verni


In 2017, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin on Angel Day and presented him with an Alabai puppy. During the presentation of the gift, the phrase was said that this breed has a big size but is loyal. Most likely, this influenced the choice of the name by Putin, because “Verni”, translated into English, means faithful, loyal. According to the president, Verni is his only pet who is absolutely picky about food. It can eat very simple food, such as porridge with meat.

Putin and Pasha

putin and pasha

In January 2019, Putin got a new puppy named Pasha. This Sarplaninac breed is a gift from the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić. Vladimir was delighted with the gift. However, the life of the new four-footed friend is not as well known as of the rest.

How Many Dogs Does Putin Have?

Now Vladimir Putin has four dogs. Bulgarian shepherd dog Buffy, which was given to him by Bulgarian President Boyko Borisov, is the oldest dog in the house. Yume is a dog of Akita-Inu breed, who came from Japan, Alabai Verniv given by the President of Turkmenistan, and the youngest Sarplaninac with the name “Pasha”.

Now you know almost all the important facts about Putin’s pets. Perhaps you would pay attention to other interesting articles on the pages of our blog. For example, in the Breed section.  Politics is complicated and we gather here exclusively to appreciate the beauty of dogs and our loyalty to these animals as companions. So even the coldest person can feel the warmth that the favorite dog gives. Thank you for reading and see you soon!

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