Name Putin's Puppy

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hu

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds his new puppy. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images/AFP hide caption

toggle caption NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images/AFP

Russian Prime Minister (and possibly once and future president) Vladimir Putin got a new Bulgarian Shepherd puppy the other day. A gift from his Bulgarian counterpart. But he just doesn't know what to name it, so he's opened up to everyone to suggest names. You can go to his site and submit your own, or feel free to do so in the comments here.

Relying on Google translate here are some of the leading contenders so far:

Something patriotic:

Roth, Rouse, Rossi (author of the last sentence explains that the word is used of the word "Russia" or the name of the largest Italian-born architect Rossi, whose buildings and architectural ensembles of steel decoration of St. Petersburg and its environs)

But the most popular mention the dog's homeland, Bulgaria:

Bratko, Shipka, Theodore (Bulgarian tsar), Pepper. Not gone unnoticed in the Russian-Bulgarian relations: Borus (Bulgaria-Russia), Breen (Bulgarian-Russian initiatives). But the most common suggestion to name the puppy Balkans.

My personal favorite I saw at Gawker is Dogka.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from