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Tails for the White House: Biden’s Dogs are the First Pets in 4 Years

Joe Biden's dog, Champ, stands during speechs during a Joining Forces service event .
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Joe Biden’s pups Champ and Major will be the first pets to live at the White House in four years. The move restores a centuries-old tradition we can get behind: First Pet(s). 

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Biden got the first pup as a make-good promise to his wife after President Barack Obama won the election.

The couple got Champ – a German Shepherd – from a Pennsylvania breeder. Biden’s granddaughters named the pup; it holds meaning to the U.S. President-elect, whose father used to say, “Any time you get knocked down, champ, get back up!” 

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Champ was later joined by Major – also a German Shepherd and a rescue from a local animal shelter that the family fostered and is now ready to officially adopt. 

President Obama, too, made good on his promise to his daughters upon winning the election, taking on the family’s first pooch, Bo – a Portuguese Water Dog. 

Donald Trump was the first president to not have a pet at the white house in 120 years. 

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