President Biden's Oldest Dog Dies At Age 13

  • President Biden's Oldest Dog Dies At Age 13

President Biden's Oldest Dog Dies At Age 13

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Saturday announced the death of Champ, one of their two German shepherds, describing him as a "cherished companion" and a "sweet, good boy".

President Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office in February. The dog and its "sibling" Major moved to the White House along with the Bidens, reviving a longstanding tradition for United States presidents to keep their pets at their residence.

Major and Champ were taken home to DE at one point, and Major went through training after the younger dog had two separate biting incidents at the White House and an unknown dog appeared to have pooed in a White House hallway.

Champ's passing leaves the Bidens with their younger German shepherd, Major, whom the family adopted from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018.

The arrival of both Champ and Major marked the return of pets to the White House after former President Donald Trump became the first since the 1860s to not have either a dog or a cat during his presidential term.

The German shepherd was 13 years old.

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The couple said the dog's strength had waned in his final months and that he passed away peacefully at home.

Major returned to the White House in April after being sent to an off-site training so he could adjust to life in the White House.

Major had displayed "agitated behaviour on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking, and "charging" at staff and security", according to CNN. "Wherever we were, he wanted to be, an everything was instantly better when he was next to us", they said.

Champ lived with the Bidens when the current president served as vice president and spent his days, "chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory".

After Joe Biden won the US Presidential Election, a Twitter account dedicated to the first dogs of the US revealed that the two are looking forward to "playing all day and receiving countless treats" at the White House.

Champ, they said, had been with the family during their "most joyful moments" and "most grief-stricken days".