Buffy (dog)

Buffy (Bulgarian: Бъфи and Russian: Баффи) is a male dog who belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Buffy was given to Putin by Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, during a visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, on 13 November 2010.[1]

Early life

Buffy is a caramel and white Bulgarian shepherd Karakachan Dog.[2] Buffy was ten-weeks old when he was given to Putin.[3] Buffy was born in Boyko Borisov's personal nursery in August 2010, under the name Yorgo. Buffy was the oldest of a ten-puppy litter - nine males and one female.

Buffy's breed is known to be brave and to guard property and livestock, and was commonly used as an Army watchdog in the past.[2]



Putin admitted that the arrival of Buffy was completely unexpected.[4] Buffy's first home in Russia was Putin’s country residence, Novo-Ogaryovo.[5] After receiving the unexpected present, Vladimir Putin announced a contest to select a new name for the puppy. Putin received thousands of letters, most proposing names linked with Bulgaria such as Balkan or Sofia.[6] The winner was Dima Sokolov, 5 years old, who proposed the name, Buffy.[7][8] President Putin invited Dima Sokolov and his family to Novo Oraryovo, where the boy played with Buffy, while the President had a conversation with his parents.[9]

President Putin described Buffy’s character as persevering (Russian: настырный). Putin recounts that Konni’s attitude towards Buffy was benevolent, although Buffy sometimes pulls Konni by the ears.[9] Konni responds with patient composure.[4] Presidential Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, described Konni’s interaction with Buffy (and with the President’s other dog, Yume), by virtue of her 13 years, as complicated.[10] Konni died in late 2014, at age 15 years old, although this was not reported by the press until February 2015.[11]

Buffy lives in the President's residence in Moscow, along with Yume.[12]


In July 2012, the three-month old Akita Inu puppy named Yume arrived in Moscow from Tokyo, Japan. Yume is the Akita prefecture’s gift to show gratitude for Russia’s assistance after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.[13]


  1. "New premier pet". RT. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Vladimir Putin and Buffy, his cute little Alpha dog". The Daily Mail. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  3. "Wanted: name for Putin's new pet". RT. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. 1 2 Владимир Путин вывел на прогулку Баффи и Юмэ, Vladimir Putin goes out for a walk with Buffy and Yume, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10 April 2013
  5. "Putin seeks citizens' help in choosing puppy's name". RT. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  6. Официален сайт на премира на Русия, "Россияне живо откликнулись на предложение помочь в выборе клички для нового питомца Премьера"
  7. Новината на официалния сайт на руския премиер Archived July 31, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. "Five-year-old boy chooses name for Putin's pet". RT. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  9. 1 2 Путин назвал болгарского щенка Баффи, Putin called the Bulgarian puppy Buffy, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 11 December 2010
  10. Дмитрий Песков – «КП»: «Кони на президента не в обиде. Он с ней тоже проводит время», Dmitry Peskov: Konni is not resentful against the President. He spends time with her as well, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 11 April 2013
  11. У Путина умерла лабрадор Конни, а у Медведева – кот Дорофей. sobesednik.ru. 4 February 2015
  12. в-к "24 часа" Archived November 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. Akita Puppy Gift to President Putin, Yume arrives in Moscow, Russia
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