The White House will be welcoming two new furry residents come January 2021! Joe Biden’s two German Shepherd dogs, Major and Champ will be coming to the White House with the Biden family. Major will be making history as the first dog to be adopted from an animal shelter to enter the White House. The White House has a long history of welcoming dogs along with presidents. It has been four years since the last time a dog has set his paws in the White House, as President Trump does not have any dogs.
Major is a beautiful male German Shepherd that was adopted by President Biden in 2018. He was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association. Major was born in a litter with six other puppies. The Delaware Humane Association explained how they were in rough shape after they were found exposed to something “toxic” in their home, and were provided with “life-saving medical care”. The Biden’s fostered Major before formally adopting him.
Here’s a link to the Delaware Humane Association: https://delawarehumane.org
Champ is also a handsome German Shepherd promised to President Biden’s wife Jill in 2009. The Biden’s bought Champ from a breeder on a promise that if Biden became Vice President, they would get a dog. They received some backlash from the public for buying Champ and since then adopted their second dog Major from a humane society.
Dogs at the White House
Dogs and Presidents have lived hand in paw since George Washington’s time. Most presidents have kept pets and it can be said that most have loved dogs! Throughout history, dogs have been the subject of speeches, and have even had statues dedicated to them. One has even lived through two presidencies! Loyal, trusted companions that want nothing but to please their families, dogs have brightened up the White House just as much as they brighten up our own lives in the world outside the White House. Read on to take a little peek into the lives of many “presidential” dogs and learn a little bit more them and their famous owners.
It is said that George Washington loved dogs, especially his dog Vulcan, who was very mischievous and once stole a cooked ham from the kitchen to be chased by a enslaved kitchen worker. Here are just some of the many dogs owned by presidents of the United States of America:
Theodore Roosevelt kept a “zoo” of animals including many purebred dogs and one mongrel, Skip. Here is Skip pictured with his family.
Warren G. Harding’s dog Laddie Boy was the first dog to receive regular news coverage. He was an Airedale Terrier. A faithful companion who would run and retrieve the presidents golf balls as he played golf. He was also the face of animal rights issues that the president and his wife actively advocated for.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) Scottish Terrier was so famous there is a statue of him beside the former president in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial in Washington DC. Falan was given to FDR by a cousin and knew many tricks. He was also the subject of a speech, referred to as the Fala speech. Fala has his own marked grave as well.
George W. Bush’s dog Spotty, born in 1989, lived through two presidential administrations. Spotty was an English Springer Spanial born in the White House to Millie, also an English Springer Spanial who belonged to George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush.
Barack and Michelle Obama owned two Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny. Portuguese Water Dogs are hypoallergenic and were chosen by the Obama’s because their daughter Malia has allergies. Bo was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.
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