Champ and Major Biden Leave White House

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s German Shepherds, Champ and Major, were sent back to their family home in Delaware last week after “a biting incident” occurred. According to CNN, it was the younger of the two dogs, Major, who was involved in the incident. Major, who is three years old,  reportedly bit a member of the White House security team, which was serious enough to have the two dogs sent back to the Biden family house in Wilmington, Delaware. Major has reportedly been “known to display agitated behavior on multiple occasions.” Champ is “approximately 13” and therefore much more mellow in comparison to Major.

Champ and Major marked a significant change in the White House, as former President Trump infamously had no pets during his four years in office. Major, whom President Biden adopted in 2018 as a companion for Champ, is additionally the first shelter dog to be in the White House. Since moving in after President Biden’s inauguration in January, the Shepherds have stolen the hearts of America’s animal lovers and have their own following. They have multiple Instagram fan accounts dedicated to them, and author Joy McCullough wrote a children’s book about them, entitled Champ and Major: First Dogs, which came out in January of this year.  As of now, it is unknown whether the dogs will remain in Delaware or if they will return to the White House at some point. However, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the situation on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, saying, “I don’t have any updates on reports about an incident but what I can tell you…is that Major and Champ are part of the Biden’s family. They often go to Delaware when the first lady is traveling. And they’re adjusting to their new home.”


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