Pets of Vladimir Putin

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Putin with his most recently gifted Alabai puppy named Verni, 2017.

Vladimir Putin, current president of Russia, owns three dogs, who live at his residence in Moscow. He is actively involved in the conservation of many endangered Russian dog breeds.[1]


Verni (2017–present)[edit]

Verni was a birthday gift from Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, President of Turkmenistan, during a meeting in Sochi. The puppy is an Alabai, a top Turkmen-bred variety of the Central Asia shepherd dog. 'Verni', means 'Faithful' or 'Loyal' in Russian.[2]

Yume (2012–present)[edit]

Yume, a 3-month old Akita puppy, arrived in Moscow from Tokyo, Japan in July 2012, as the Akita Prefecture’s gift to show gratitude for assistance from Russia after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. [3][4][5][6]

Buffy (2010–present)[edit]

Buffy, a caramel and white Bulgarian male 10-week-old shepherd Karakachan dog, was given to President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Bulgaria in November 2010.[7]

Konni (1999–2014)[edit]

Konni with President Vladimir Putin in 2001.

Konni, (1999–2014) was a female black Labrador Retriever. Konni was born in 1999 and presented to Putin in December 2000. Konni was often seen at the President's side, and was sometimes allowed to attend meetings when Putin greeted world leaders during their visits to Russia.

Putin was being updated on the progress of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS in 2007, when he inquired as to whether he would be able to buy a device hooked into GLONASS that would allow him to keep track of his dog, Konni. The collar was demonstrated on Konni on 17 October 2008, thus making Konni the first recipient of a GLONASS-enabled pet collar.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "President's Pet: Putin's New Kyrgyz Race Horse and His Other Fauna Interactions". Russia Today. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ Lister, Tim (12 October 2017). "Pup-lover Putin Gifted New Dog for 65th Birthday". CNN, US. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Interview by President Vladimir Putin to Nippon TV and Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper in Japan". The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ Amos, Howard (13 December 2016). "Putin Tries Dog Diplomacy Before Japan Talks Over Islands". U.S. News & World Report, L.P.. The Associated Press, USA. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Putin's 'No-Nonsense' Dog Causes Commotion at Interview With Japanese Media (VIDEO)". Russia Today. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Video of President Putin With Yume Revives Akita Boom in Russia". THE JAPAN TIMES, LTD. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  7. ^ "New Premier Pet". Russia Today. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  8. ^ Shchedrov, Oleg (24 December 2007). "Can the Russian GPS System Track My Dog?". Reuters, New York, USA. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  9. ^ Powell, Lee (18 October 2008). "Russia's Putin Tests Tracking Device on Dog, Konni". The Associated Press, USA. Retrieved 10 May 2017.