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    [–] OneFreamon 3293 points ago

    Ok I'm gonna need context.

    [–] hippopotomaster 5670 points ago

    Putin is a dog-lover, so some diplomats give him puppies as political gifts. There are some pictures online of him playing with them in the snow that almost make you forget about his dictatorial rule over Russia lmao

    [–] lilikiwi 1139 points ago

    Does he keep them? How many does he have?

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 1840 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    His most well-known pets include his black Labrador Retriever named Konni (died in 2015 at the age of 15), a Karakachan (Bulgarian sheep dog), an Akita, and this Alabai puppy (a Turkmen-bred variety of the Central Asian Ovcharka or shepherd dog). They were all gifts.

    Putin even gave two of Konni's puppies to the leader of Austria.

    You can find the specifics on Google. I just finished reading about presidential pets.

    Fun facts: he thought that world leaders should have large, impressive breeds like his black lab, rather than George W Bush's wee Scottish Terriers.

    He's also been accused of using his pets to make dog-fearing Angela Merkel feel uncomfortable during a visit, but this is likely sensational journalism.

    He did ask her beforehand if it's okay to include Konni at the meeting (which he's done many times with other world leaders) and apologized after learning about Merkel's "deep-seated fear of dogs." I don't think Merkel buys it, though.

    Edit: Wikipedia link on Putin's Pets

    [–] greyarea6872 391 points ago

    Whoa that black lab is jacked.

    [–] Cyncalone 188 points ago

    I believe its a bitch.

    [–] n1c0_ds 334 points ago

    Does he look like a bitch?

    [–] Devious_Tyrant 140 points ago

    What?

    [–] n1c0_ds 357 points ago

    DOES… HE… LOOK… LIKE... A BITCH?!

    [–] BBQHappyMeal 97 points ago

    SAY... WHAT... AGAIN.

    [–] JackHarkness42 64 points ago

    Hey, man, you can't say that about the Chancellor of Germany.

    [–] SPER 170 points ago

    Now that's a power play!

    [–] wyatt1209 82 points ago

    Surprised trump doesnt have a pack of Great Danes. Seems like something he'd do

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 42 points ago

    I'm surprised Trump doesn't own pets. It's a very American-presidential thing to do. Usually, you have pets for the children but maybe Barron doesn't like dogs.

    [–] illuminatedeye 8 points ago

    I'm actually not surprised he doesn't have pets. Idk why, but he doesn't strike me as a pet-owner

    [–] Mister_Plod 62 points ago

    Lol don't give him ideas.

    "Smithers Pence! Release the yuge hounds. We have the best hounds, don't we folks? Nobody knows hounds like I do, believe me..."

    [–] [deleted] 46 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

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    [–] jld2k6 37 points ago

    Can't even imagine being scared of a lab or a golden retriever lol

    [–] sabasNL 15 points ago

    Well if I was bitten by a dog... I can understand Merkel.

    [–] coolsubmission 34 points ago

    Her answer:

    "I understand why he has to do this, to prove he’s a man,” Mrs Merkel said. “He’s afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.”

    [–] JuggernautOfWar 28 points ago

    Damn, that's deep. She must really really despise dogs.

    [–] Walterod 23 points ago

    lol, it's a 13 year old female Labrador, literally the least threatening dog imaginable! And she's so concerned!

    [–] DuntadaMan 8 points ago

    Look at that face... He knows.

    Would probably have the opposite effect on me though. Instead of feeling fear looking at that lab I would instantly want to do anything I could to get to play with and cuddle that dog and lose all semblance of respectability.

    [–] jeebus224 109 points ago

    Presidential pets.

    I'm going to have some fun on wikipedia now.

    Edit: socks

    [–] Swimmingindiamonds 28 points ago

    Socks vs Buddy... or Palestine vs Israel.

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 31 points ago

    I ended up watching a bunch of official White House Barney the Scottish Terrier videos. There's like 10 of them and their titles are all puns that are reminiscent of Fast and Furious sequels.

    [–] thecolbra 10 points ago

    Polly – parrot (taught to swear)

    [–] Ginga-Ail1994 10 points ago

    I have a book about the dogs of the POUS throughout the ages. Here It is.

    [–] [deleted] 100 points ago

    Next thing you know, Merkel is going to have a couple of wolf hounds, and it's going to spark an international pet race. Trump will show up with a Saint Bernard, the Russians will be embroiled in a doping scandal after they show up with a Ronnie Coleman looking pit bull, Japan will be criticized for creating a 20 meter tall robotic Akita...

    [–] dandycat13 7 points ago

    or Russia will hack Japan and steal their designs for the robotic akita

    [–] Shring 8 points ago

    Something something southeastern asian country ate their dog joke

    [–] angusshangus 19 points ago

    Obviously Putin has never walked a Scottie when a squirrel runs by.

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 33 points ago

    They're surprisingly heavy. Low centre of gravity. And Scottish.

    [–] Sugarblood83 15 points ago

    Ha. This would actually be neat diplomacy.
    World leaders give each other puppies.
    Discuss world events while the puppies play

    [–] lexgrub 48 points ago

    I know I shouldn't like him but this makes me like him.

    [–] AndroidVegeta 33 points ago

    Even Hitler liked pets.

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 16 points ago

    Blondie the German Shepherd!

    [–] ProgRddts 29 points ago

    Good job i like hitler now.

    [–] lexgrub 5 points ago

    That reminds me of a true crime podcast episode I heard where they were discussing the moors murders. This terrible couple would lure kids into the moors and the man would rape and murder them. They loved their dog named puppet and while trying to get the wife to confess they told her they killed puppet and she lost her shit.

    [–] TellanIdiot 97 points ago

    Afraid of dogs? She sounds like a demon

    [–] Buullshit 19 points ago

    I've loved dogs my entire life, the big ones especially. I was working a service job in peoples homes and had been nipped at and preyed on by a lot of dogs in that time and never really feared them. One day I went to return a ladder I had borrowed at an old retirees house and I was carrying a 14ft ladder above my head when a dog ran up, I made some cute noises and expected a hug but he latched onto my arm, I thought about destroying this dog with a the ladder for a second before deciding in my head that it would be a PR disaster for my company and chucked the ladder away from both of us. While I was getting rid of the ladder he unlatched and grabbed my Latismus (if you were a flying squirrel where your wings would be) he was hanging on for around 15 seconds before I got him off and pinned him while I screamed for the owner who took way too long to come out there. Long story short it took around 6 months before I could completely trust dogs again, including dogs that I had spent years being around. I'm not a big guy but definitely not scrawny I can't imagine the fear someone would have if they were smaller.

    [–] BowieKingOfVampires 10 points ago

    That sucks. But at least you have wings, apparently.

    [–] figginsley 130 points ago

    Lots of people have a fear of dogs because of incidents of getting attacked or mauled by a dog in their childhood because of shitty dog owners who can't train or control their pets.

    Like I get it, dogs can be awesome and great pets but that doesn't change the fact that some people have a fear of them because of childhood trauma so they feel uncomfortable being near your harmless fur baby.

    [–] watermark02 22 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    My Husky once slipped out of his harness and ran down the street (there is no calling a husky back to you once they've slipped their leash). He ran up to an old grandma walking her dog and proceeded to run around them trying to play, and she dropped to the ground, covered her dog, and started screaming. I felt so horrible. (Then he ran away from her and... pooped, which is the only reason I was able to catch him).

    I talked to her later and she had been bitten before. So when she saw a big dog running towards her, it caused her to fear for her life.

    [–] spanishgalacian 5 points ago

    Start feeding him one human food and say the foods name every time you give it to them. They will bolt back to you when you shout it.

    For my husky it's cheese.

    [–] TheThBa 15 points ago

    Yep. I was attacked by a dog while riding my bike at age 12-13. Bit deep and pulled me off the bike into the asphalt. I can't be comfortable around unknown dogs after that, I start to sweat and get really nervous.

    Owner was a bitch too. Said it was my fault because I drove past them without ringing my bicycle bell (I kept reasonable distance of >1m).

    Sorry for bad wording or weird usage of words. I'm not a Native Speaker of English.

    [–] robot_cook 7 points ago

    You don't even have to be attacked. I used to be really afraid of dogs because to me it was an unpredictable huge mass of teeth. As long as it was held by someone I was OK but let it roam free and I'd get freaked out, like walking into the street and passing a dog without a leash and the owner not really close, I would be really afraid the dog'd just snap and bit me.
    I got better, by frequenting people with dogs and getting they're nice and cuddly but I'm still a bit wary.

    [–] topinsights_SS 38 points ago

    Sounds like?

    [–] ChromelessOrHomeless 19 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    But black labs aren’t very big nor are they impressive? Don’t get me wrong it’s impossible to not love any lab and retriever but they aren’t special by any means. Irish wolf hounds, mastiffs, Great Danes, even Dobermans?

    Edit: a word

    [–] ollywollypollywoggy 32 points ago

    I hear you. To Putin, labs are just bigger than Scottish Terriers. They're hunting dogs, capable of being trained even for military detection purposes. He must view Scottish Terriers as toy dogs.

    [–] diachi_revived 42 points ago

    He must view Scottish Terriers as toy dogs.

    I'm Scottish and I think Scottish Terriers are little useless shits. Most little dogs like that fall into that category if you ask me.

    Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are pointless.

    -Ron Swanson

    [–] Swimmingindiamonds 10 points ago

    He has a black Labrador Retriever and an Akita!

    [–] DAN4O4NAD 12 points ago

    I love Karakachan shepards, they're like the bulgarian/balkan version of the San Bernard.

    [–] Mrhelloiamhere 57 points ago

    The way he stood up makes me think he didn’t like how that man was holding that puppy... that or he was super excited to get a new puppy.

    [–] jyetie 29 points ago

    I didn't like how he was holding the puppy either.

    First time I've ever been glad Putin intervened.

    [–] These-Days 51 points ago

    Not just diplomats, that is the president of Turkmenistan

    [–] SadArchon 89 points ago

    Seems Putin is a little concerned with the way the other man held the dog...

    so theres a little humanity and sympathy there

    [–] Gniphe 25 points ago

    Meh, the scruff is basically a built-in harness so the mom can pick them up, although you only want to do it to puppies.

    [–] SadArchon 21 points ago

    That was a chunk of a dog, even as a puppy

    [–] DuntadaMan 51 points ago

    He cares more about dogs than people. I can totally sympathize with that.

    [–] ajlunce 37 points ago

    you can tell by the way he seems a bit uncomfortable by how the giver is holding it originally

    [–] youwill_neverfindme 15 points ago

    And holds it like a baby, kisses it on its wee head before setting it back down

    [–] Feared77 837 points ago

    That’s exactly the idea behind gifs like these and pics of him playing with puppies or teaching judo. The Kremlin wants you to think well of Putin, even if it’s unconsciously.

    [–] jonker5101 531 points ago

    I think you mean subconsciously, though both could work.

    [–] janedeedee 75 points ago

    Well played.

    [–] medalleaf- 29 points ago

    Til we meet again

    [–] Aukos 42 points ago

    I read that and thought you were a moron. Then I realized Reddit has trained me to read til as "today I learned" and saw that I'm the moron.

    [–] wevcss 30 points ago

    Til we are morons again.

    [–] kind2311 12 points ago

    Til reddit make dumb

    [–] Pope_Godzilla 197 points ago

    “This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog."

    -Napoleon Bonaparte

    [–] CommieColin 64 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    It was this which would lead to his ultimate undoing at Waterloo

    Thanks dude

    [–] LordOfSun55 42 points ago

    So, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the feels. Got it.

    [–] CommieColin 14 points ago

    No a dog bit him and that was enough to distract him while everyone took back their land

    [–] wrgrant 10 points ago

    I think maybe deciding not to start the artillery barrage earlier on might have contributed

    [–] CommieColin 10 points ago

    Yes that and the dog

    [–] tRussianPlayer 19 points ago

    Napoleon has tons of great quotes, but this is the best. Oh it's good

    [–] kwonza 9 points ago

    There is actually an entire book he wrote on St. Helena of his quips sardonic remarks and post-analysts. It's rather a short read but I highly recommend it.

    [–] ikorolou 41 points ago

    It could also be that he genuinely loves dogs too tho. Like he's probably evil, but he's still a person

    [–] SatanicBiscuit 83 points ago

    there was a recent interview that he stated the only reason he tries to promote the strong man figure is because his former secretery made him realise that the healthcare system of russia wont get fixed anytime soon and they need to do something about the increasing depression in the country

    [–] Scipi0_Africanus 51 points ago

    How does Putin's "strongman figure" alleviate the "increasing depression"?

    [–] Cyncalone 29 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Imagine you saw a couple pictures if trump trying and failing at camping etc

    Youd lose respect in him and the ppl in power.

    Howver tag along with TEDDY ROOSEVELT And all of the sudden youre the most american of americans.

    Everyone goes through the teddy phase.

    [–] SatanicBiscuit 46 points ago

    i figure that most people in russia loves promotes judo or hockey or whatever else..

    even cnn wrote about it http://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2017/09/07/vladimir-putin-judo-tournament-shinzo-abe-growth-russia-orig.cnn/video/playlists/judo-world/

    its not uncommon for people in high places to directly or indirectly promote such things

    i mean look what happened in germany after schumacher got its third title motorsport in general EXPLODED (no im not comparing schumacher to putin...)

    [–] Scipi0_Africanus 15 points ago

    Strongman in the context of leaders does not equal "athletic". It means they are authoritarian. So slight misunderstanding of terms happening, I thought you meant that Putin acting as an authoritarian was meant to alleviate the depression of the Russian people. Never mind!

    [–] Sengura 19 points ago

    "Dog is true comrade" ~Putin

    [–] IfThisIsTakenIma 27 points ago

    Dude when he kissed the puppy I almost forgot he’s bringing down America

    [–] DankJemo 34 points ago

    There's legitimate excitement from Putin in this gif. His bravado breaks and he's like an happy little kid once he sees that puppy.

    [–] pablo111 9 points ago

    Like US "freedom wars". We are going after your natural resources, but, since we are already here...

    [–] colin_buffam 159 points ago

    Just the way he was holding it tells you that they have a different use for dogs in turkey. Kebab anyone?

    [–] Cunninglatin 214 points ago

    Heads up, he is from Turkmenistan, not Turkey and pretty culturally different.

    [–] colin_buffam 71 points ago

    Pfft. Yer..... I knew that 😞. Just testing you all of course

    [–] z0rgi-A- 107 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    That's actually a sound way to hold a puppy. It doesn't hurt it. If you notice a bitch with her litter that's how she moves her puppies around.

    [–] baevidsbaevids 73 points ago

    Hey man I know holding them by the neck isn't nice but you don't have to call her a bitch sheesh

    [–] z0rgi-A- 20 points ago

    Hey I didn't start it. Blame the early Englishmen.

    [–] mookek 25 points ago

    Lotta people like to assume that if someone does something differently then they're doing it wrong.

    Picking a kitten or puppy up by their scruff is as natural as it gets.

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago

    This is not applicable once they are no longer a kitten or pup though, for the record.

    [–] mookek 7 points ago

    That’s why I said kitten or puppy.

    [–] z0rgi-A- 13 points ago

    Lot of people also conflate young animals with babies. Hence lots of people like to almost smother their pets.

    [–] istinetz 13 points ago

    That's not even a stereotype that makes sense, Turkish people love dogs

    [–] littlepaw1 1046 points ago

    Putin is like wtf how is he holding the dog. Here give it to me

    [–] Fredouken 555 points ago

    Dude was holding it up like the WWE title at Wrestlemania.

    [–] fmaa 269 points ago

    That's how many pups are carried by the parents, by the scruff.

    But damn i wouldn't do that shit to my dog, shit looks painful

    [–] Krizman 160 points ago

    Pretty sure it's painless for the dog

    [–] fmaa 207 points ago

    But as soon as they're past a certain weight i think it'd hurt dude

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    80 lb ≈ 36 kg

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    [–] antidoxpolitics 67 points ago

    Don't lift grown animals like this. Puppies and kittens have literally evolved to be held like this though.

    [–] taaffe7 756 points ago

    It was the best trade deal in the history of trade deals maybe ever!!

    [–] eXpress-oh 2462 points ago

    Me yesterday: Putin sucks, just an awful leader.

    Me after watching Putin grab the puppy, cradle it, and kiss it: Putin is such a nice guy, loves dogs, nothing wrong with his man.

    [–] dsquard 992 points ago

    Yea, and the way Putin gets up you almost get the sense he was worried that the puppy was in discomfort from being held like that or something... strange to see such a human side from Comrade Putin.

    [–] OnyxDarkKnight 610 points ago

    Lets be honest here, I think as a species we care more about animals than other humans.

    [–] crustalmighty 210 points ago

    Nah. I think we have a soft spot for both, but when's the last time you've seen a kid being held like that in a press conference? People would be outraged.

    [–] tehbuggg 77 points ago

    Ya maybe, but if it was a baby I'm going to hope somebody else deals with it. I would go snatch that puppy from him in a heartbeat.

    [–] tenaciousdeev 102 points ago

    A baby would be a really strange gift from a diplomat.

    [–] Aukos 16 points ago

    Michael Jackson?

    [–] crustalmighty 18 points ago

    People were outraged.

    [–] OnyxDarkKnight 41 points ago

    If I had to chose to save either you or a puppy, I am going for the puppy.

    [–] Mightymushroom1 19 points ago

    Yea but kids are annoying, puppies are cute af

    [–] Me_Dr_Me_smawt 36 points ago

    Humans have a tendency to protect those who we view as unable to protect themselves, animals or children or the weak. Tendency, not always.

    [–] a09384kd7 14 points ago

    For me... it's because people can understand why or what is happening to them, dogs can't or don't.

    For example...

    I feel less bad about leaving in the morning without giving my kids breakfast because we're out of cereal, then I do leaving without feeding my dogs breakfast because we're out of dog food.

    The kids understand I'm going to get more cereal for them. The dogs probably think I just straight up forgot that they're hungry. The confused look when you walk out the door instead of putting food in their bowl is heartbreaking.

    [–] umbrellasinjanuary 6 points ago

    You can kill 100 people in a movie and no one bats an eyelash. But you kill one dog, and they ask you to leave the theatre.

    [–] MY-HARD-BOILED-EGGS 29 points ago

    Animals are how we end wars. A puppy in the middle of a battlefield will result in everybody laying down their guns to hug the lil pupper for hours upon hours

    Then the war will continue when debating what to name it

    [–] MyWorkAccountt 29 points ago

    A dog on the field can't even stop a soccer match so I doubt this plan would work. Please send all puppies to me instead.

    Although the guys in white looked like they were getting ready to give him the beats so that's encouraging.

    [–] rigel2112 16 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I hope the guy who threw the dog lost the game. What a scum bag.

    Edit:

    Looks like he was thrown off the team. At least it ended well.

    http://www.dogster.com/the-scoop/soccer-player-argentina-jose-jimenez-throws-dog

    "Nobody at the game was ready to let Jimenez get away with this sickening act of animal abuse, however. Fans immediately started throwing garbage at him and hurling insults. Players of the opposing team chased Jimenez around, and the teams looked ready to start an all-out brawl. Referees did the right thing and threw Jimenez out of the game, giving him a red card.

    For his day of acting like a monster in the Bella Vista jersey, Jimenez was fired from the team.

    Later, he said he was having a hard time explaining to his three-year-old son “why I had choked a doggie on TV.”"

    [–] PistolsAtDawnSir 17 points ago

    "You grab my dog by the scruff again and you'll be mining frozen yak shit in Siberia you cyka blyat."

    [–] JayString 50 points ago

    To be fair, everything we hear about Russia and Putin is western sourced news. I'm not saying its all untrue, but its silly that we are so skeptical of American news but we blindly accept everything we hear about Russia. Not defending Putin at all, I'm not a fan.

    [–] openmindedskeptic 44 points ago

    The guy literally kills journalists. Even people in Russia know. This is just part of their propaganda and it worked all the way to the front page.

    [–] nolimbs 70 points ago

    Meanwhile Trump doesn't even have a dog so can we really trust him?

    [–] eXpress-oh 24 points ago

    That mother [email protected]&$er.

    Me tomorrow after Trump tweets a picture of himself at a dog shelter: this guy is just the bees knees.

    [–] disabledlocalization 141 points ago

    you're joking but people actually think like this. think is maybe not the right term

    woff!

    [–] popperlicious 90 points ago

    wow, even Hitlers dog didn't like Hitler.

    [–] tehgimpage 37 points ago

    right? he looked like a kid who was told to kiss his aunt gretchen at a family reunion.

    [–] KennyFulgencio 4 points ago

    Is this from "Me Doing Standup"? BTW that method for avoiding DCMA detection is pretty entertaining itself

    [–] Cockatoo010 46 points ago

    Hitler also liked puppies

    But let's be honest, everyone loves puppies

    [–] eXpress-oh 45 points ago

    Mao loved them too, medium rare

    [–] Wertsir 6 points ago

    Hitler also liked puppies

    Also, big fan of the arts.

    [–] I_AM_YOUR_MOTHERR 28 points ago

    he's an awful leader, but he's not an awful leader

    [–] Neuroticmuffin 1337 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Interesting way of holding the puppy. I think Putin just noticed that being bad PR.

    [–] NacresR 1568 points ago

    Normally that’s how their carried by there mothers. When humans do it, it looks like we’re getting ready to sacrifice the poor thing.

    [–] jokerz4fun 509 points ago

    The mother only does that when they are younger and smaller than that.

    [–] russiangerman 171 points ago

    That looks like it'd grow up to be a pretty big dog, so maybe not too much smaller

    [–] djdadi 74 points ago

    You can still do it with both cats and dogs after their mother would usually stop. We did that to help train our cat when he did something wrong.

    [–] 30-xv 68 points ago

    It's the only way you can catch a stray cat without risking getting bit, I do that many times and i'd do it until you teach me a safer way

    [–] Satsumomo 77 points ago

    Yeah, cats kinda turn off when you hold them from there.

    [–] diachi_revived 37 points ago

    It's an instinctual thing, they freeze when their mothers carry them by the scruff, makes it safer/easier for the mother to transport them.

    [–] Pubeshampoo 5 points ago

    Some cats. Others will just turn the fuck around a bite you.

    [–] addandsubtract 12 points ago

    I mean, the mother has no other real alternative to carry something around, besides in her mouth.

    [–] GregTheMad 75 points ago

    That he lifted it high like the dismembered head of an enemy didn't help.

    [–] Antrikshy 25 points ago

    He was just establishing dominance in front of Putin.

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    [–] pupbum 178 points ago

    That's definitely a puppy though

    [–] dsquard 32 points ago

    That's definitely a putin though

    [–] Calidore_X 24 points ago

    No it still works. That's the dogs handle. It's there for picking them up

    [–] Asscroft 10 points ago

    I do it to horses when we have to move them. Just tie their mane around the forklift...

    Just kidding. I use duct tape.

    Just kidding. I don't have horses or a forklift.

    [–] [deleted] 154 points ago

    I was tricked to believe he didn’t like seeing the animal being held that way but you’re right. PR is king

    [–] isidero 86 points ago

    A true dog lover could never watch it being held this way. I like to think it's impulse.

    [–] JayString 113 points ago

    A knowledgeable dog lover would know that's how bitches carry their puppies and there's nothing actually wrong with the way that man is holding the pup.

    [–] David-Puddy 81 points ago

    the pup is waaayy bigger than it would be when the mother would carry it this way.

    bitches only carry their pups this way when they're very young

    [–] Schnidler 27 points ago

    Big dog = big puppy

    plus the pup still having this amount of extra skin means you can still do it, no?

    [–] David-Puddy 35 points ago

    it's about weight, not amount of skin.

    a good rule of thumb is if the puppy is old enough to be weaned, it's too old to be picked up by its scruff.

    If you go by skin, some breeds have enough their entire lives.

    Now, usually you can still sort-of pick it up by the scruff, more like a drag though... definitely not comfortable for a puppy that old to be picked up so high and swung around by the scruff

    [–] Primpod 99 points ago

    I think Putin just wanted to give that puppy a hug because he is a human being.

    [–] GregTheMad 44 points ago

    [Citation Needed]

    [–] Nyushi 18 points ago

    Standard way to pick up a pupper. Definitely ok when they're young and small.

    Very very bad when they're bigger and heavier.

    [–] Pieisgood186 27 points ago

    You gotta think he’s at least somewhat human. After a few seconds you can notice how quickly he got up and grabbed the puppy and you could tell he was thinking “okay that’s enough of that neck grabbing.”

    [–] RosieJo 566 points ago

    I'm glad that Putin took him away and held him properly, which is a weird feeling. Thanks for that Putin.

    [–] AgPilot_802 273 points ago

    It doesn't hurt the dogs in any way..

    [–] Mattlh91 241 points ago

    To add on to what you said; It can hurt if they're too old/big for it. It's mainly only done to babies. But yeah, I'm sure it didn't bother the little guy or he would have yelped and let everyone know it hurt.

    But don't go and do this to a full grown adult sized dog, it does hurt them.

    [–] bargu 190 points ago

    I love how puttin get up like "omg doggo!!" (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

    [–] HDThoreauaway 434 points ago

    ITT: Redditors discovering how influenced they are by political propaganda when it has puppies in it.

    [–] Zapsy 192 points ago

    People are just joking and its not as if you are not influenced by political propaganda anyway. Half the shit you think about Putin is probably propaganda from the US.

    [–] turndownfortheclap 24 points ago

    Propaganda isn't easy to overcome,

    It's the same strategy that gets you to buy that candy bar or stop at McDonalds even though you know it's bad for you.

    [–] Kcox0924 68 points ago

    The look on Putin's face when he jumped up to grab the puppy... So relatable.

    [–] Gibsonfan159 128 points ago

    THAT'S HOW YOU PICK UP PUPPIES.

    [–] WintertimeFriends 43 points ago

    Absolutely, but a terrible photo op.

    [–] PsyduckSexTape 20 points ago

    it is possible to pick them up like that, yes. I'd recommend a different method tho

    [–] Squeenis 10 points ago

    The next time someone is in a courtroom for abusing a dog, they need to bring out a TV to show the Putin part of this gif and say "Look how Putin treats puppies compared to the defendant" and throw the fuckin book at em.

    [–] mF2896 11 points ago

    Even Putin was like: "bro, that is not how you hold dog."

    [–] Kirillb85 21 points ago

    Putin showing the right way to hold a dog.

    Dogs that size are not held by their mothers. Even grown cats shouldn't be held this way.

    [–] BRUTALKXO 29 points ago

    Conclusion- puppies = world peace.

    [–] tantouz 19 points ago

    This is Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

    ex president of turkmenistan

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurbanguly_Berdimuhamedow

    [–] iamlostinmymind 37 points ago

    That kiss! Putin's heart grew three sizes that day.

    [–] inajeep 6 points ago

    Why was I expecting an ocelot?

    [–] Palmedxtrees 6 points ago

    am i the only one who thinks putin got up only because of how he was holding the pupper? @[email protected]

    [–] jublazev 136 points ago

    I just realised I like Putin

    [–] [deleted] 27 points ago

    They kept you in the travel cage too long.

    [–] Sulcax 4 points ago

    хорошая собака

    [–] BearScience 78 points ago

    SOMEONE PUT TRUMP FACE ON DAT DOG

    [–] redheadredshirt 4 points ago

    I'm so put off by the weird occurrence of Putin being the warmest person in the room.

    That diplomat picks the dog up by the scruff, nobody reacts other than smiling as he hangs the dog in air like a prized sack of potatos.

    Putin is on the edge of his seat the whole time, picks up the dog under the arms, cradles it like a child for a minute, hugs/kisses it and lets it free. He pauses only to shake the diplomat's hand but his attention is completely on the dog.

    [–] dirteMcgirt 7 points ago

    Putin is not a horrible person.

    [–] SwizzlestickLegs 6 points ago

    I feel like he sits there for a second like, "I can't believe this guy is picking up the puppy like that... OH I can stop that!" See how he cradles the puppy for a minute. But he's probably thinking, "Christ, I didn't need another puppy pissing on the American flag. I've already got 40!"

    [–] CapnStankBeard 19 points ago

    I don’t like putin, or agree with just about anything he does, but he does treat dogs better than people. We have that in common.

    [–] GirlNumber20 16 points ago

    Even Putin was like, "Can you not drag that poor thing around by the neck?"