DOTUS: The Bidens' dogs move to the White House

By Betsy Klein

Published January 20, 2021

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President Joe Biden is poised to restore a time-honored tradition to the White House: first pups.

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Champ and Major Biden, both German Shepherds, join the elite ranks of Socks Clinton, Barney Bush, Macaroni Kennedy, and Rebecca Raccoon Coolidge, among others, who have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Champ joined the family in December 2008, weeks after the election that made Biden vice president-elect.

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Major joined the Biden clan almost eight years later. The Bidens fostered Major from the Delaware Humane Association and made his adoption official in November 2018.

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Major isn't the first rescue pet to land in the White House. Yuki, a mixed breed pup abandoned by his owner at a gas station in Texas and rescued by President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Luci, was the first, and President Bill Clinton's cat, Socks, was also a rescue.

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The last dogs to live in the White House were Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny Obama. They were frequent fixtures at White House events.

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