New pup for al­pha dog Putin

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MOSCOW: Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin has named his new male puppy Buffy, pick­ing a name sug­gested by a five-year-old boy in a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion. The large, cream and caramel coloured Karakachan pup was given to Putin as a gift by his Bul­gar­ian coun­ter­part in Novem­ber, af­ter the coun­tries signed nat­u­ral gas ac­cords.

“I re­ally liked your sug­ges­tion,” Putin told Mus­covite Dima Sokolov late on Thurs­day.

Buffy shares his name with a sexy vam­pire slayer on the epony­mous US tele­vi­sion show, which is broad­cast in Rus­sia.

Putin was called an “al­pha-dog” ruler in US diplo­matic doc­u­ments re­leased by Wik­iLeaks.

The Karakachan breed orig­i­nates in Bul­garia and can grow to 55kg. Tra­di­tion­ally it was used to guard sheep and goat herds. – Reuters

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