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Meet the First Chosen: Joe and Jill Biden are bringing pooches back to the White House


For the first time in four years, dogs will return to the White House when Joe Biden is sworn in as president in January 2021.

The first elected dogs, Champ and Major, will revive a tradition dating back to George Washington – the first President to have a dog – when the two German Shepherds move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Champ has been with Jill and Joe Biden since Christmas 2008.

President Barack Obama promised his daughters Malia and Sasha a puppy if he won the 2008 election, and Joe made the same promise to Jill.

Named by the Biden's granddaughters, Champ was bought by a breeder in Pennsylvania and lived in the residence of the US Naval Observatory Vice President during Joe's two terms as Obama Vice President.

For the first time in four years, dogs will return to the White House when Joe Biden is sworn in as president in January 2021 (Champ pictured with Jill and Joe).

Build Bark better: Jill Biden snuggles up to Major (left) and Champ (right) in a post on her Instagram page

Build Bark better: Jill Biden snuggles up to Major (left) and Champ (right) in a post on her Instagram page

While its owner is the first presidential candidate to get 75 million votes, Major (above) will also set a record of his own as he will be the first rescue dog to ever live in the White House

While its owner is the first presidential candidate to get 75 million votes, Major (above) will also set a record of his own as he will be the first rescue dog to ever live in the White House

The first elected dogs, Champ and Major, will revive a tradition dating back to George Washington - the first President to have a dog - when the two German Shepherds move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The first elected dogs, Champ and Major, will revive a tradition dating back to George Washington – the first President to have a dog – when the two German Shepherds move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Joe Biden had a backlash at the time for buying from a breeder rather than rescuing a dog. He and Jill later adopted their second dog, Major, from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018.

"We are delighted to have Major in the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding permanent homes for Major and countless other animals," the Bidens said in a statement at the time.

While its owner was the first presidential candidate to get 75 million votes, Major will set a record of his own as he will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House.

The Biden first nursed the major before adopting him. According to DHA, it came from the litter of German shepherd puppies who had surrendered and were not doing well at all.

“When we asked for your help, Joe Biden got wind of you and got in touch immediately. The rest is history, ”wrote the rescue center on Facebook.

The Champ and Major are frequently featured on the Bidens' social media pages and even have some special appearances in the run-up to the presidential election.

"No restless days on the trail when I have a lot of motivation," wrote Biden next to a cute clip in which Major licked his face.

Named by the Biden's granddaughters, Champ was bought by a Pennsylvania breeder and lived with Obama in the US Naval Observatory's residence with Obama during Joe's two terms (Michelle Obama was shown with Jill and Champ at left in 2012).

Named by Biden's granddaughters, Champ was bought by a Pennsylvania breeder and lived with Obama at the US Naval Observatory's residence with Obama during Joe's two terms (Michelle Obama was shown with Jill and Champ at left in 2012).

The Biden first nursed the major before adopting him. According to DHA, it came from the litter of German shepherd puppies who had surrendered and were not doing well at all.

Major shown at the top of Jill's Instagram page

The Biden first nursed the major before adopting him. According to DHA, it came from the litter of German shepherd puppies who had surrendered and were not doing well at all.

The Champ and Major are frequently featured on the Bidens' social media pages and even have some special appearances in the run-up to the presidential election

The Champ and Major are frequently featured on the Bidens' social media pages and even have some special appearances in the run-up to the presidential election

During his campaign, Biden also made it known that he wanted to "bring dogs back to the White House".

Donald Trump was the first president in decades to not have a dog.

Biden tweeted a video of Trump at a rally last week asking, "What would I look like if I walk a dog on the White House lawn? … I'm not feeling well," accompanied by the comment: "Let's get dogs back to the White House." , & # 39; and & # 39; Champ and Major for DOTUS. & # 39;

Before Trump, President Obama owned two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, during his eight-year tenure.

His predecessor George W. Bush had a Scottish terrier named Barney, and Bill Clinton had a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Buddy.

Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, doesn't have a dog. However, she is known to be pro-canine after previously tweeting a collage of pooches they visited at work and writing, "Dogs are always welcome in my Senate office."

Before Trump, President Obama owned two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, during his eight-year tenure

Before Trump, President Obama owned two Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, during his eight-year tenure

George W. Bush had a Scottish Terrier named Barney

Bill Clinton had a chocolate labrador retriever named Buddy

George W. Bush had a Scottish terrier named Barney, and Bill Clinton had a chocolate Labrador retriever named Buddy

Since Biden's election victory became known, several online puppy influencers have used social media to celebrate the Champ and Major's upcoming debut at the White House.

"That's major and champ," wrote WeRateDogs. 'They are the dogs of (Joe and Jill Biden). Champ was already in the White House, but Major wasn't yet. Champ can't wait to show him around. Both 14/10 would be an honor to stroke. & # 39;

"THERE WILL BE DOGS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN !!" Doug the pug tweeted.

"I'm not particularly fond of politics, especially American politics. But I am overjoyed to see two beautiful German Shepherds in the White House," added Fabulous Finn.

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