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Serbian leader presents Putin with Sarplaninac puppy during Belgrade visit

Putin earlier received puppies as a gift from Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, Japan and Kyrgyzstan

BELGRADE, January 17. /TASS/. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has presented a special gift - a Sarplaninac (or Yugoslavian Shepherd) puppy - to his visiting Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Putin seemed to like his new pet, the four-month puppy nicknamed Pasha. "What a cutie!," he said taking the puppy in his arms after the first round of talks with Vucic.

"The puppy has an impressive pedigree of seven generations. This is our oldest native breed of dogs, and it is well known that President Putin loves this breed of canine," a source in Vucic’s administration told the Blic newspaper earlier.

The Sarplaninac or Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog is a canine breed, which hails from the Balkan Peninsula that is used to protect flocks of sheep in the mountains and as a guard dog. According to legend, Alexander the Great’s warriors had imported the ancestors of these dogs, the Tibetan mastiffs, during his eastern military campaigns.

Putin earlier received puppies as a gift from Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.