First Dog Major roams free on the South Lawn after arriving at the White House (Picture: EPA)
The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the president’s mansion for four years, ending the pet-free zone created by Donald Trump.
Major burst onto the scene late last year when Biden broke his right foot playing with him at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.
He was adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association, and Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election, when Biden became vice president.
First Lady Jill Biden welcomes Champ to the White House (Picture: White House)
Major stretches his legs at the White House (Picture: EPA)
The Biden’s dogs Major and Champ arrive at the White House (Picture: White House)
‘The first family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware,’ First lady Jill Biden’s spokesperson said.
‘Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved running around on the South Lawn.’
The dogs were heard barking outside the Oval Office on Monday as Biden signed an executive order lifting the previous administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
Last week, the Delaware Humane Association cosponsored an ‘indoguration’ virtual fundraiser to celebrate Major’s journey from shelter pup to first dog, raising more than $200,000 (£146,000).
The Bidens adopted Major after seeing he had been dumped at a shelter with his sick siblings (Picture: Delaware Humane Association)
Major was adopted by the Bidens in 2018 (Picture:@Joebiden/Instagram)
Champ and Major will be ending the pet-free zone created by Trump in the White House (Picture:@Drbiden/Instagram)
The Bidens got Champ (right) after Obama won the election in 2008 (Picture:@Drbiden/Instagram)
Major is the first shelter dog to ever live in the White House and ‘barking proof that every dog can live the American dream,’ the association said.
Jennifer Pickens, author of a book about pets at the White House, said: ‘Pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanising and softening their political images.’
Champ and Major follow in a long line of presidential pets, with Theodore Roosevelt having Skip – a ‘short-legged Black and Tan mongrel terrier brought home from a Colorado bear hunt’.
Warren G Harding had Laddie Boy, who sat in on meetings and had his own Cabinet chair and Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his beloved terrier Fala.
When he declared victory in the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama told his daughters: ‘You have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.’
Several months later, Bo joined the family, a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.
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