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Putin gifted a dog by Serbia's Vuchich

19 Jan 2019, 00:55 GMT+10

Yugoslavian Shepherd named Pasha is three months old

Serbian President Alexander Vuchich has presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a Yugoslavian Shepherd puppy (also Sarplaninac), which the Serbians christened Pasha in true Russian fashion.

Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik

"Oh, how cute it is," said President Putin upon seeing the puppy for the first time. "Nice chap."

"He's afraid of me, though," noted Putin when the puppy tried to hide his head between his paws. "Don't be afraid".

Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik

The old breed is native to Eastern Europe, where it's been used by sheepherders since time immemorial. These dogs can effectively ward off wolves - even bears. This is a fairly rare breed: in Russia, there are only about 200 of them. Pasha is Vladimir Putin's fourth dog, in addition to Bulgarian Shepherd, Buffy, an Akita Inu named Yume, and a Labrador by the name of Connie.

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