President Putin loves dogs, especially strong dogs. He built a strong image through his preference for many animals.

Bringing a gift for your host when you’re visiting from out of town is often a courteous move and something that Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov obviously believes in as he brought quite the gift for Russian president Vladimir Putin on a trip to the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi.

During their meeting, Berdimuhamedov revealed that he had brought a Turkmen shepherd puppy dog, which he then proceeded to pick up by the scruff of its neck and handed to Putin, who seemed to be surprised but pleased with the canine, even going so far to give it a cuddle and a kiss.

According to Reuters, Berdimuhamedov told Putin upon gifting the pup that the animal was a connecting factor between the two. “We have a common friend,” he said. “This is the world’s unique alabai dog. And today I brought this little alabai with me.”

Putin has named the puppy Verny, which means “faithful” in Russian.

Mr. Berdymukhamedov also assessed the name Verny very well with the nature of the Alabai breed: “They are quite large but very loyal.”

In addition, Mr. Berdymukhamedov also praised Russian President Putin’s contribution to environmental issues. The President of Turkmenistan also emphasized the importance of bilateral relations between Russia and Turkmenistan.

Russian President Putin is famous for being a dog lover, so many times he is given gifts by other countries’ leaders as this loyal 4-legged friend.

In 2010, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov gave the Russian leader a shepherd dog named Buffy. In 2012, to thank Russia for its help after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the leader of Akita Prefecture (Japan) gave President Putin a dog named Yume (dream).